Thursday, September 6, 2012

Homemade baby food: green beans

Ok so homemade baby food is definitely not pretty but this is my life lately so it's making its way onto the blog.    

As a way-too-busy working mom, I thought I wouldn't have time to make Juliet's food. But I've found time and it's been really easy. 

Juliet loves green beans, they are one of her favorites right now, along with squash and pears.  She hated avocado (she made the funniest face, gagged and spit it out).  So far I've made homemade squash, plums, carrots and green beans.  I have no problem buying store-bought baby food, but thus far have stuck with organic (I like Earth's Best and Plums products).  The veggies and fruits I've made homemade have not been organic, but most have been from farmers' markets.  I do prefer feeding Juliet homemade purees because it's cheaper and I like knowing exactly what she's eating and for the most part, I do think homemade purees taste better than store bought (yes, I do taste all her food).

These green beans were from the Minneapolis Farmers' Market.  They were super tasty and the batch made enough to fill an entire ice cube tray (one serving is typically 1-2 ice cubes worth).

The recipe is super simple, here it is:

Homemade pureed green beans

Ingredients/equipment

One bunch green beans, ends trimmed
Food processor (or blender or immersion blender of fancy baby bullet)
Pot and steamer

Preparation

Fill water just over the steamer, add green beans.  Steam for about 15 minutes or until very tender.  Let cool.  Save the cooking liquid.

Transfer beans into the bowl of the processor, process until very smooth, adding the cooking liquid until you achieve the consistency you want (for Juliet I make it extremely smooth with quite a bit of liquid).

Green beans can be a little stringy, so I push the puree through a fine mesh sieve, but you can skip this step if the puree is nice and thin. 

Divide evenly in an ice cube tray and freeze.  When frozen completely, store in ziplock storage bags or in airtight container.

I hope your little one enjoys!

6 comments:

  1. Oh my, that is too funny. I have twins and my boy had his first avocado this week.. did the same thing, made an awful face, gagged himself and spit it out!! My girl didn't mind it, but she will eat ANYTHING!

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  2. Wow Nice green beans and i like for this green beans.



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  3. Awesome! My baby girl is just a few months younger than yours so we are not at the baby food making stage yet, but I do plan to. I agree with you - at least when we make it we know exactly what she is getting! Thanks for making it sound so easy!

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