Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potatoes

I figured I'd just keep with tradition and show yall some more of the yummy goodness I've made for sweet Connor. He is LOVIN' the food nowadays... so far I think his favorite is pears, although he's eaten everything I've introduced to him. To date he's tried: bananas, avacado, rice cereal, pears, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, plums, green beans, peas and mangos. He's also eaten some commercially made babyfood (earth's best organics) when we are out and about. It's very clear that he enjoys my food over the stuff from the store (score one for mommy!). I think some of it has to do with the fact that commercial baby food is SO runny. Seriously, I think it's 4 parts water to 1 part food. I just prefer having a little container of food that's already room temperature ready if we are out and about so that's why I stash some in my diaper bag. If I knew where we were going and when we would be eating, then I normally pack the stuff I make. It's good to be flexible :)

So, wanna know what's on my cooking list to show you next? Sweet potatoes! (If you're new here and want to know how to make other foods, you can check out my squash post, or my green beans post).

Start out with two-three good sized sweet potatoes. Here's what I used.
Also, keep in mind you can make more or less, depending on what you need. Three seems to make the perfect amount for us, since I tend to mix sweet potatoes with another (usually green) veggie.

I made this batch by boiling the potato meat. You can also bake or microwave your potato to cook it. Either way is fine. This is just the way I chose to do it this time.

Wash the potatoes well, dry off, and then peel.
Cut up the potato into 1-2 inch cubes, like so.
Throw into a pot and fill the pot with water, making sure to cover the potatoes.
Bring it to a boil, and then lightly boil for roughly 15 minutes, or until the potato pieces are tender.
Throw in a blender, and blend until smooth.
This batch made almost 2 complete trays of sweet potatoes.

Freeze the potato cubes, and then once they are frozen (this will take a few hours, depending on how hot the cubes were to begin with), transfer them to a ziplock freezer bag (remember, the ones that have the slide zipper are easiest to access, and is what I use). Right now Connor (6 months) is eating 2-3 cubes of food, depending on how hungry he is, and this is in addition to his cereal (which I just blend in with a little bit of water with his food).

Do you have questions about different types of foods to offer, or how to make a certain type of fruit/veggie for your little one? I've found Wholesome Baby Food a very useful resource in cooking tips and what to introduce when to both of my boys.

Happy babyfood making!

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