Thursday, June 24, 2010

Baby's First Sweet Potatoes - Homemade Baby Food

Start with organic Sweet Potatoes, wash well, quarter them and roast on a baking sheet in a 400'F oven for about 20-30 minutes or until fork tender (flip once, 1/2 way through). Let them cool completely. Once cool, peel, the skins will fall away from the flesh.
Blend in food processor with about 1/2 cup filtered water until desired consistency. These puree up so well! They are naturally butter smooth and the baby loves them!  
Transfer puree to a gallon size resealable bag (helps to put the bag in a bowl). Snip the tip of one corner of the bag and you've got yourself a "pastry bag".
"Pipe" the bright orange goodness into BPA-Free ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen completely (the next day), pop out the cubes into a fresh Zipper top bag, label, date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Each cube is about 1 ounce, which makes for easy portioning and very little waste for beginning eaters.  
To make the most of your time, I suggest making a large amount at a time (I used ~ 3 pounds of sweet potatoes here).  We gave our first son homemade baby food also and I absolutely loved making it for him.  I found that by spending ONE afternoon per month I was able to make plenty of homemade cubes for him to last the whole month.  It may sound crazy, but I love steaming, roasting and pureeing up many different things all at once.  And I especially love watching my babies enjoy their food thoroughly! 

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