Feeding baby green beans & carrots.
I know that baby-led weaning is all the rage these days and, although we are doing some of it, we are also doing the old fashioned, tried-and-true mushy baby food. My mom fed me mushy baby food. My husband's mom fed him mushy baby food. And now Alice is having mushy baby food. And she loves it! Mostly. Last week I bought some in-season fruit and vegetables from the Farmers Market and made it into baby food for Alice. I looked at a few recipes but then realized making any kind of baby food follows the same basic steps.
Wash. Peel (if peel-able). Steam. Puree. Freeze.
I made carrots, green beans, and apples. She loves the carrots and green beans. The apples? Not so much. I think they are a bit too tart for her taste. I even tried tricking her by mixing the apple with a bit of banana. Nope. She still made the bitter beer face. I should've known she wouldn't like it as when I gave her a chunk of apple in her mesh teether, she scrunched up her face and pushed it away. Oh well. Maybe I'll try a sweeter variety of apple next time. Or maybe I'll wait till she can have spices and add a bit of cinnamon. In the meantime, I guess I'll be eating a bunch of pureed apples. Luckily I can bake with it, too.
Do you make baby food? What is your favorite kind to make? Carrots were a lot of work because of all the peeling (nitrates can gather in the peel, I guess?). I think I'll try making squash and sweet potatoes next.
Making a mess in the Bumbo. August 2012.