Jan 9, 2011

I'm sort of back lol! AND Baby Food 101

I am embarrassed to say I haven't blogged since August!!!!!!!! I've been so busy being a SAHM, taking care of Branson that when I do get a free minute I usually check my facebook or do something productive around the house.
I've been thinking a lot about blogging my baby food recipes. I make all organic baby food for Branson and I LOVE doing it. I know exactly what he's getting, the quality and cleanness of it and it gives me some ME time. Plus, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I am a paranoid nut when it comes to what my baby eats. My family jokes w/ me all the time that they've given Branon chicken tenders behind my back. There will come a day when he will get bad stuff...I'm just not there yet!
My MIL got me the Williams Sonoma Beaba machine. It it a small machine that steams food and blends it into a smooth puree`.  It is not as powerful as a food processor but its much easier to clean and it makes small batches. When I'm steaming one small bag of frozen peas I use the Beaba because one bag yields approx. 5 or 6 servings and its the perfect size. But if I'm making an entire bag of apples or a 6-7 sweet potatoes I steam them on the stove and use my food processor for larger batches.


I buy them frozen because they're not in season. I let them partially thaw on the counter and then steam them w/ distilled baby water for approx 10-12 minutes. You can even shock them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This will keep the brightness in the color. I reserve the water I've steamed them in because it holds a lot of nutrients. Slowly add the water until you get the consistency you're looking for.

This is what peas look like.
Kelli (my SIL) would be grossed out beyond words bc she despises peas but oddly, Branson likes them.
Okay, considering he'd never had baby food before, I thought the consistency was too chunky. I bought a metal strainer from Walmart and pressed the peas through the mesh w/ a rubber spatula. Below is what I got. They were way too thin. You could've drank it, it was really watery.

 So next I added some of the un-strained peas to the above photo and below is what I got.
This was the 1st bit of baby food!  Peas, Love, Happiness! ;)

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