2.22.2011

baby chow: getting down to details

Once you have your produce and cooking utensils (blender, stove and pots, a mixer, ice cube trays and gallon freezer bags) - you are set to start making some yumm.


Prepare your food: Wash all first.

  • Peel really rough skins that won't liquidy (pears and carrots will...potatoes- unless fingerlings- won't as well). Most of the nutrients are in the skin! This is the longest step.
  • Chop everything up a bit. Carrots (if getting whole carrots) take a long time to boil down/steam.
  • Get water boiling in big pots.
Cooking: Below is for Stage Two foods; Stage One foods just require boiling or steaming everything to completely liquidify it.


Sidenote: I had a lot of food this time around, so I split the cooking up into two days since you have to include freeze time. Each cooking session took about 2-4 hours with no help and going slow. REMINDER: it all depends on how many ice cube trays you have. Each freezing time takes about 1-3 hours.  


So, for an easy look at it...here is what I did this last week for Audrey's Stage Two foods:


DAY ONE:
  • Peas: frozen peas, steamed until pretty much cooked, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Apples: peeled, chopped, boiled until pretty soft, Kitchen Aid mixed, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Pears: chopped, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Blueberries: blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Chicken: chopped, grilled, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Ground Turkey: cooked, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.

DAY TWO:
  • Bananas: chopped, Kitchen Aid mixed, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Carrots: chopped, boiled until really soft, blended, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Potatoes: peeled, chopped, boiled, Kitchen Aid mixed, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
  • Green Beans: steamed, blended, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.

Save me: JUICE! Make sure to use the juice if you steamed or boiled in the mixing or blending. If there is too much juice, save it. Juice is packed with good stuff for baby! Audrey love the carrot juice.

This is really easy gang. You can do it. You just have to soften/cook, puree and freeze.

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