Friday, January 28, 2011
With Robert I haven't had as much time as I had hoped to make big batches, but I have been trying. He's outgrown a lot of it, but not completely.
Since I wasn't able to do as much this time around, we bought a lot more baby jars than I would have liked. But, the cool news was that I was washing them and have been refilling them with homemade baby food. It's so convenient!
To make pureed green beans (and peas), I was once told that it is just easier to buy frozen. I am not sure how much cheaper or healthier it is, but it's pretty easy, that I know for sure. I have pureed fresh of green beans (and peas) before and it was very time consuming to wash and cut (and pick out the peas).
For the purpose's of these two, I have no shame in using frozen to puree. All you have to do is steam them. It's pretty much completely blocked out with green beans here, but I do have an expandable vegetable steamer below these babies.
Steam until they are softish and then throw in a blender or food processor until blended at the consistency you'd like. At Robert's age, I can get away with a lot less blending, but I don't always.
You can store them in individual containers or place them in ice cube trays, remove once frozen and place into ziploc bags and enjoy!
I want to say the recommended freshness for fruits and vegetables are 4-6 months, but it varies from resource to resource. Do your own research and use your best judgment to make the call.
Good luck in your baby food making ventures!
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