I love cooking and baking and basically spending anytime in the kitchen and I love experimenting with new recipes, so when I found out I was pregnant I knew immediately that I wanted to make my own baby food. Not only could I then control exactly what goes into my baby’s body (no preservatives or anything that I can’t pronounce, etc.) but I also really liked the idea being able to make food for her. A couple of weekends ago was my first attempt at making baby food. At the time, Brynlee wasn’t quite old enough to eat it yet, but I wanted to get a head start on my supply since I work full-time. Plus it’s so easy to freeze and then thaw only what I need and I thought this way I could get a good variety before she needs it. Don’t want her to burn out on one thing!!!
The Butternut Squash was super easy to make too! I bought an averaged size one at the grocery store, because the hard shell protects the “meat” inside it’s not necessary to buy organic. I also decided to bake my squash as opposed to steaming it, but either way will work fine. Pre-heat your over to 400 degrees.
Just halve your squash and scrape the seeds out:
Place your halves face down in a baking dish with about an inch of water in it:
Bake it for 50-60 minutes (mine took the full 60), I tested it by pushing a spoon against the shell to make sure it was soft:
Then scrape the “meat” out of the shells, I used the 2 spoons to avoid touching the hot squash.
Once done, put the meat into a blender or food processor for pureeing.
*Tip: When blending, I had to stop and use a spoon to mix it around a few times. Not sure if a food processor would have worked better, I will have to try that next time.
If it is too thick, you can add some water to thin it out to the consistency you want, I didn’t need to though.
Once you have the consistency you want, spoon the “meat” into your choice of container for freezing. I use ice cube trays, they are inexpensive, you only need a few and two cubes are the equivalent to one serving.
Once the baby food was frozen, I simply put the cubes in a zip lock bag labeled with the name and date and now my trays are free for my next batch of baby food and I can just thaw out what I need, when I need it!