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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
So in order to prove that making your own baby food is actually easy, I wanted to post step by step instructions as to how I did it. I started with butternut squash because I had squash soup that I wanted to make for Shawn and I, so I needed squash this week anyway. I would actually say that squash is probably one of the more difficult things to make. I made bananas a couple of days ago, and it took all of five minutes. I would imagine that any food that requires peeling involves extra work, but it was nonetheless crazy easy.
Step One: Ask Shawn what butternut squash looks like so you don’t look like an idiot in the produce section.
Step Two: Find butternut squash in the produce section, and feel like a bit of an idiot carrying it around.
Step Three: Bring it home and let it sit on the counter for a few days. Wonder if maybe you’re crazy for trying to do everything the hardest way possible.
Step Four: Cut the squash in half lengthwise after cutting off a strip of both ends to discard. Actually, start to cut the squash in half, then let Shawn take over because he doesn’t trust your clumsy self with a knife.
Step Five: Lay the squash – “meat”side down – in a baking dish with an inch or two of water.
Step Six: Put the squash in a 400 degree oven for 4o minutes.
Step Seven: Scoop out the now softened “meat”
Step Eight: After taking out however much squash needed to make soup, put the squash in a blender and hit the “puree” button.
Step Nine: Add a bit of water (about 1/4 cup in this instance), hit puree again. Amuse Bug while he temporarily freaks out about the noise. Repeat step nine until the food is the consistency you’d like it – very smooth for new eaters, not as smooth for older eaters. You could also add breast milk to the puree if you’d like. I liked doing that when I was introducing new foods, it gives the puree a familiar taste for the baby.
Step Ten: Spoon the squash into an ice cube tray designated as the new baby food holder. Nobody wants squash/banana flavored ice.
Step Eleven: Place cling wrap over the tray. As you’ll see in later pictures, we had a bit of freezer burn, so I’m going to try foil next time.
…and there you have it! At Bug’s last appointment, he weighed 13 lbs 6 oz! He’s still not a fatty pants, but he’s growing at a great rate and seems to be doing really well. We’re off to Tennessee this weekend as Shawn does his first wedding ever. Have a great weekend!