Cost effective & easy to make!
So far I have prepared 3 different types of food for Sonny. This tutorial explains how to make pureed carrots and pureed sweet potatoes.
1 pound (lb) bag of organic baby carrots, purchased for $.99 at Aldi
I prepared about 1/2 pound at a time.
Rinse carrots and place in steamer basket, add 2 inches of water to steamer.
Steam for 30 minutes.
When you remove these from the steamer, you should be able to insert a fork into the carrots without any resistance.
Fill your Magic Bullet to the halfway point, if using a Food Processor you can probably do all the carrots at the same time. Carrots may be slightly lumpy, add breastmilk or water (1 tsp at a time) until you reach the desired consistency.
Next make “splats” (thank you Pinterest) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I made these “splats” a little larger than a tablespoon.
I filled my cookie sheet with carrot and sweet potato “splats” (shown later). Once these are frozen they can easily be removed from the parchment paper. Place “splats” in a large ziplock bag, and keet in the freezer. Remove a “splat” for each meal. It will need time to thaw, you may need to add breastmilk or water if the consistency is too thick.
1 organic sweet potato from Whole Foods $1.99
I roasted the potato by washing it off, and cutting it in half (leave the skin on), place the halves fleshy side down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. – In the future I think I will just wrap the entire sweet potato in foil and bake on 425 for 1 hour, because that’s how I usually make sweet potatoes, but anyway…
Bake halves for 45 minutes on 425 ( I think halving the potatoes made them dry out when they were baking, next time I won’t cut in half)
Remove from oven and let them cool, once the potato has cooled you can simply peel off the skin and the dry roasted areas.
Put all of the mushy sweet potato in a Magic Bullet or Food Processor. I added more liquid to the potatoes than I did to the carrots.
The sweet potato was velvety (hmmm is this a word??? College education does not equal
intelligence haha) after being pureed. I placed sweet potato “splats” on the same parchment paper as the carrots. Because the colors were so similar I tried to write an “S” on the sweet potato “splats” with a toothpick, operative word being “tried”. Anywhoo the sweet potato “splats” are the ones with the hieroglyphics on them.
The Sweet Potato Puree was very smooth. It was also surprisingly tasty – this is coming from a person that drowns sweet potatoes in butter and showers them in brown sugar!
The carrots retain a significant amount of water so you may want to limit how much you add when you are pureeing. You might end up with soup when you thaw out your “splats”
Okay so try it out, let me know what works or doesn’t work for you.
More tutorials to come!
Love, Mommy and Sonny