Sunday, February 20, 2011

Creamy Butternut Squash Puree

I'm using an average sized organic Butternut Squash.

First I cut in half lengthwise and scooped the seeds outs.

Then I pre-heat my oven to 400 degrees and lay my squash face down in an pan with a couple inches of water.

Bake until the skin of the squash is browned and puckering.

Next remove the meat(I use an ice cream scoop to scoop it out)

This is how much I scooped out.

I filled the blender up about 3/4 of the way and added a cup of water.

This is what the puree looks like

One Squash made 47 ounces of food.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pear Puree

I'm using 4 Organic Anjou Pears.

First I wash and peel all the pears.

I slice into spears and the dice up the spears

This is 2 pears chopped up and ready for steaming

This is the 2 pears after being steamed

I dumped the pears into the blender and used about half a cup of water(I used the water leftover from steaming)

Here is the pears after being pureed(The puree is almost frothy)

4 Pears made 21 ounces of food

Oh So Sweet Potato Puree

I'm using 3 organic sweet potatoes.

First I wash and peel all three sweet potatoes.

I cut into slices and then dice up the slices into cubes.

I filled my steamer basket up to the line(its about half a sweet potato)

After it has been steamed, you can see the amount doesn't change much

I dump the basket into the blender portion and add about a cup of water(you might want to add less then add more as needed)

After it has been pureed, you can see how smooth it is(I leave mine thicker, it tends to water down some once thawed)

3 sweet potatos made 52 ice cube(ounces) of baby food.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Basic Banana Puree

I'm doing a basic banana puree today. Until we know that Mark isn't allergic to anything we are doing basic one ingredient receipes.

I bought a bunch of organic Bananas and did my batches in 3's.

First I peeled and and cut the banana in half lengthwise and then proceeded to cut slices.

Since bananas are so soft naturally they did not need to be cooked. I put the 3 chopped bananas in my babycook with one cup of water to be blended.

After blending this is the amount left.

I left mine a pretty thick goopy consistency so I can thin it out as needed in the future.

Three bananas gave me 16 cubes of food(1 ounce each). If you make yours thinner than mine you will probably yield more than me but you won't be able to make it thicker unless you add cereal or oatmeal later.

Perfect Apple Puree

As you can see I'm using a Beaba Babycook to make Mark's foods and the book I'm using is The Best Homemade Food on the Planet.

I started with four organic Gala apples(one is apparently not in the picture).

I choose to peel all of my apples.

After peeling all of my apples I cut them into small cubes.

This is roughly 2 apples ready to be cooked.

It takes about 10 minutes to steam them.

As you can see after being steamed the portion shrinks a bit. You can see the water leftover in the Babycook still, I pour it into a cup to save for later use.

I pour the apples into the Babycook and add about 1/2 a cup of water(I use the water leftover from the steaming process).

Then you puree until you get the right consistency for you.

I left ours a thicker consistency since I'm not sure how long it will take to use what all I make. I figure I can add more water to thin it out as needed. If its too thin and you need it thicker you don't have the same option

So four apples equal 19 ice cubes of food. The ice cube are approximently 1 oz each.