March 27, 2017

Homemade Baby Food – Carrots

Carrots have been a favorite food for all eight of our babies!

And like its orange friend, butternut squash, carrot puree is not only a perfect first food for babies, but can easily be added to other soups, chili, and pasta sauce to sneak in a few extra nutrients when dealing with picky eaters.

Steam and Mash

To make baby food carrots for your baby, simple wash carrots, cut off tops, and peel if desired.  Then steam or boil til fork tender.  Mash well with fork or use food processor to achieve a smooth texture.

Freeze

Many people use ice-cube trays (you can find BPA-free ones these days), but since we have an ice machine and trays in our freezer, I bought a couple of baby food trays for storing and freezing baby food.  What I have found to work best for us, and especially since I need to use the trays again to make a different fruit or vegetable, is to remove the veggie or fruit cubes once they’re frozen and then store them in ziploc bags in the freezer.

Thaw and Serve

When it’s mealtime, I simply remove two or three cubes and thaw.  If you use smaller baggies, and place about three cubes per bag, you can then put the bag into a bowl of hot water to thaw quickly.

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 What are your favorite baby foods to make?

 


Comments

  1. Thanks for the tips! Do you have any other resources for making your own baby food? Books, websites, etc? I have a one month old baby and I’d really like to do this when the time comes.

  2. Sarah Bass says:

    I’ve been doing this for the first time, and it’s my 4th baby. I don’t know why I didn’t start before! It’s so easy! I’ve done carrots, peas, mixed vegetables, squash/zucchini, pears, peaches, and have even added pears to peas and applesauce to carrots. I recently did an acorn squash, too. I freeze them in ice trays and store in plastic bags. My problem is finding room in the freezer to keep them!
    I also process rolled oats to make a course oat flour and make oat cereal for his breakfast: 1 cup water, 2 T oat flour, pinch of salt. It’s done in no time and I melt 2-3 fruit cubes in it once it’s done to cool and add the fruity flavor and nutrients. He loves it! Thanks for the great post – I want to try mangos next. 🙂

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