Friday, June 25, 2010

Baby's First Green Beans - Homemade Baby Food

Start with fresh organic green beans (or green peas if using) wash well and trim off the ends. Green beans turn out best when steamed. Fill a large pot with about 1 inch of water, bring to simmer and drop green beans into strainer in pot.  Cover and steam about 15 minutes until tender but still green.
When they are cooked through, pull strainer out immediately and place green beans in an ice water bath to stop the cooking and lock in that beautiful bright green color, it also seems to help them puree up better!
Next, add beans and about 1/2 cup water or cooking liquid into the food processor and blend thoroughly, about a minute.  Scrap down the sides as needed.  Green beans are a great first baby food but they do have some fibrous pulp so you can strain them for younger babies.   
 My 3 year old son likes to help with it. 
It takes about 3-5 minutes to push the whole big batch through a strainer into a gallon size resealable bag. 
The end result should be only a couple tablespoons of pulp remaining, discard pulp.  You will be left with perfectly smooth and bright green, flavorful green beans for your little one to enjoy.  As with all your purees, simply "pipe" directly from the bag into BPA-Free ice cube trays, freeze, then pop your portioned cubes into a fresh bag for storage up to 3 months in the freezer!
The homemade purees can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days (until you free up your ice cube trays) and then they really need to be frozen.  Remember this stuff is filled with flavor not preservatives. 

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