I had made carrots into baby food previously once, but did not take any photos and didn't really think about the process. We were out of veggies to feed Baby C, and carrots happened to be in the fridge.
Monday night I made carrots, with the intention of blogging about it. I had bought a 5 pound bag of carrots at Sam's Club, where I buy most of my food for Baby C in bulk. They are the same brand as the smaller grocery stores carry, but the carrots inside are humungo! Which is great for me - since it's more useable carrot for almost same amount of peeling (ya know what I mean?). I hate peeling those little skinny carrots, I feel like half of it gets wasted.
Enough of my rambling, here's the process of how to cook carrots for baby food:
|My chopping station|
2. Peel carrots.
3. Remove ends, and chop carrots. I did a very quick chop to mine. They were all sorts of sizes. I knew I'd be cooking them to death - I planned on letting them boil while I was cooking, eating, and cleaning up supper. So I knew the large chunks would certainly get done. If you're on a time crunch, chop smaller.
4. Boil or steam carrots until tender all the way through. When cooking for the rest of my family, I choose to steam my veggies. However, since I was going to cook these for a long while, and needed plenty of water to blend them later, I boiled them. After the chopped carrots were put into the pot, I filled it almost to the top of the carrots. They cooked on a delicate simmer for over an hour.
5. When cooked, ladle into blender. Cover. Do your typical pulse, pulse, liquid check, pulse, pulse, then liquify. I found I had to add a total of around 2 cups more water. That's the most I've ever had to add! But it resulted in a super smooth puree - which is necessary for Baby C since he tends to gag (then puke) on any chunks in his food. Beechnut Textures are a disaster at my house, LOL!
6. Store in containers of choice: ice cube trays, jars, tubs, etc. Use refrigerated food within 2 days, and frozen within 2 months.
I used our carrot puree to make about 30 cubes in our Mumi & Bubi trays (seriously, I should get paid for how much I promote those things, I love them). Then used the rest to make combos of sweet potato & carrot, and some chicken meal combos.
I'm also writing a post on how to puree cooked chicken breast! I have to admit, I was terrified that it wasn't going to turn out. We are on such a tight budget that the thought of wasting a whole chicken breast almost stopped me from trying! But it turned out perfect, and was so much easier than I thought I would be. See, it's not so hard after all :)
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