Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potatoes

Sorry for the delay in posting!  I was gone last week.  ;)

Did anybody make some spaghetti?  Probably not, but if you did, I'll tell you that I found my daughter likes it better when it's watered down a LOT.  So, once I defrost some spaghetti, I just add enough water to make it smoother.  Whatever floats your (or your baby's) boat.  ;)

As I've been making baby food, I realized that a lot of what I make is super easy.  So I may just group together a couple of things, otherwise there are going to be some super short posts.  Today is not one of those days though.  Don't worry, this is still easy, just not as easy as peeling a banana and smooshing it up!  ;)

Moving on... let's make some sweet potatoes!  :)  (Note:  Again, this is just the way I choose to make this.  I'm only giving instructions the way I made them, so keep in mind that I'm not an expert by ANY means.)

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Then I suggest getting some foil paper ready so that it's easy to wrap up each potato after you rinse it off.  (Foil...whatever you call it.  My husband makes fun of me for calling it foil paper.) ;)

Now I take my potatoes and scrub them well under running water.  Thankfully, I have my trusty little potato-scrubbing friend.  Isn't he cute?

Once they're scrubbed, I place each one on a sheet of foil paper and wrap them up like a baked potato.  (See?  This is why it's easier to prepare the foil ahead of time.  It's a simple thing to do, but it just makes it a little easier during the process, which I'm ALL for!)  ;)

I let them bake for about an hour, maybe more, depending on how many potatoes I'm baking and how large they are.  Then I take them out of the oven, open up the foil and let them cool for a little while.  Once they've cooled off, I cut it into four sections, just to make it easier.

I take one section at a time and peel off the skin.  Sometimes it comes off pretty easily, and other times, not so much.  Sometimes I take a knife and cut it off, then I cut the 'meat' of the potato into little chunks before placing it in the food processor.

After I puree it, I add either beef or chicken (even turkey--haven't tried that yet though) and puree it a little more to get it mixed together.  (I've been adding water to this 'dish' when she's eating it to make it smoother, so I might add water when I puree next time.)

Then I line a cookie sheet with wax paper and add some 'clumps' of food.

Now I just cover it with cling wrap and place it in the freezer until it's frozen through!

Once it's frozen, I place all of it in a labeled freezer bag!  :)

I told you it wasn't difficult.  ;)  Now all I have to do is take out however much I want and let it thaw in the fridge for Little Miss to eat.  :)

Next up: Grapes and Chicken (I know it doesn't sound appetizing, but it's a big hit with Little Miss!)  :)

I'm going to try and post a picture of a craft I just finished later today, fyi.  ;)

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