Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Make Baby Food - Yellow Squash

Making your own baby food can sound a bit overwhelming, especially for first time parents who already have their hands full. Luckily, with a few directions, you can easily make healthy, delicious food for your infant. Pound per pound, home-made baby food is about half the cost of store bought baby food. Fresh baby food is also free of additives such as preservatives.

Following is a step-by-step guide to making delicious yellow squash baby food.
Butternut squash can be fed to infants ages 4 months and up.

Step 1: Select as many ripe squash as you would like to prepare. Wash the skins.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
 Step 2: Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
 Step 3: Place squash inside-down in a pan with 1 inch of water.
Periodically check the water level during baking.
Add more water as needed.
 Step 4: Bake squash for 30-40 minutes, or until the skins pucker and insides are soft.
 Step 5: Scoop out the squash insides/pulp.
 Step 6: Place the squash pulp in a blender or food processer. Add water (you can use the water the squash was cooked in if you strain it to remove any seeds or skins) to achieve a smooth consistency.
Step 7: Feed the sqaush to your baby or store it for later use. A great way to store baby food is to freeze it in ice cube trays. When the food has solidified, you can place the cubes in a zip lock bag. Simply thaw the pieces and serve them at a later time.  

Taken in part from http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/.

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