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12-06-2000 05:53 PM
Lori Does anybody have an easy way to prepare the butternut squash. I always used to have my husband just cut in half but since he's not home and I'm trying to steam it for Jordan I'm having a little trouble. I am sweating just from trying to cut the thing and all I got off was a little piece. Any advice for the other part would be appreciated. Right now I'm trying to peel it and cut in little chunks but that is hard to do.
12-05-2000 01:48 AM
Lori Well so far all I've done is pears, apples and sweet potatoes. She likes all of those and I have carrots freezing right now. I'm going to try to get a bunch done tonight but I know nothing goes as planned.
12-04-2000 05:33 PM
Dawn I'm so happy that worked for you! I know you were starting to get worried and I can't blame you.

Quite honestly, I never let him run out. I made tons of food at one time, so I always had something left. Honestly, I'd have 6 trays freezing at a time, pop them out, then pour the next round in and freeze them.

Like I said, I'd take a couple of hours one day a week to do this and I made plenty!

Before freezing, try spraying your ice cube trays with some cooking spray. That might make it easier. And the really cheap plastic trays are almost impossible to get the cubes out of.

What are her favorites?
12-04-2000 03:46 PM
Lori Well Dawn she loves the homemade babyfood. I finally got her to eat applesauce and I also can't believe how easy it is to make. The only problem I have is trying to get the food out of the ice cube tray. But thanks for all your help. By the way what did you do when you were out and they needed to eat?
11-27-2000 02:16 AM
Lori You are so lucky!!!
But yes I wanted butternut squash because she loves it and the jars of that are almost 60 cents a jar. But unfortunately they were out and if I know this commissary they won't have any for a while. I guess I will try the zucchini the most she can do is spit it back out at me again. I must say that I'm used to that by now.
11-27-2000 02:11 AM
Dawn I never tried it, but I don't see what would be wrong with it. I'm guessing it has quite a few seeds in it, but if you either chopped it up really well or strained it, it would be OK.

We eat quite a bit of zucchini, but I never tried giving it to Cody for some reason -- just never crossed my mind. The only squash that I've given him up until last night was butternut (which he loves -- cut in half, put in a pan with a little water -- bake for 45 min to an hour -- mash up with a tad of margarine and sprinkle of brown sugar). Last night he ate summer squash for the first time, and wasn't particularly thrilled.

I'm elated! I gave him a whole green bean last night and he just chomped away at it. My days of mashing are coming to an end!
11-27-2000 01:55 AM
Lori Yes I am hoping she will change her mind pretty soon too!!!
I was wondering though have you had any luck with zucchini,
as far as making it into babyfood. I picked it up by mistake I was reaching for squash and didn't even realize until I got home that I had grabbed the wrong one.
11-27-2000 12:39 AM
Dawn I guess I've been fortunate -- both of mine were little piglets and would eat anything! Sorry you're having such a tough time.

If it's any consolation, I know there are many babies (particularly breastfed) that don't even really start on solids until 6 months. Maybe she'll change her mind soon!
11-26-2000 07:30 AM
Lori Thanks Dawn,

It wasn't that the bananas were too thick for her because I make her sweet potatoes thick by adding rice cereal so she doensn't have a problem there. Its just that doesn't like the taste of the bananas. She also doesn't like the store applesauce so I'm going to try steaming some red delicioius or something to see how that works. I ended up getting one of those rice cookers that come with a steamer basket. It has a automatic turn off which is great since I just ruined a microwave because I forgot that I had started some popcorn. At least that way I know I won't start a fire. Well thanks a lot though and hopefully I will have her eating food pretty good before her 6 month checkup.
11-26-2000 01:13 AM
Dawn I didn't see your questions earlier. Sorry!

Anyway, I don't have a steamer either. Here's what I do: I place one of those sturdy metal collanders into my big pan and put the lid on it. It doesn't fit exactly, but it does the job. I put water in the bottom of the pan, then the veggies inside the collander. Worked just fine for me all along.

As for the applesauce, I began by making all of his so that I could make sure it was smooth enough for him (my hubby says I'm overprotective). However, now I buy it at the store and I look for the unsweetened or sweetened with juice versions. I just checked the grocery store brand that I have and the only ingredients are apples, water, and some acid to maintain coloring.

If she's having alot of problems gagging, maybe you could thin out the food quite a bit and make sure it's really thin. I had a similar problem switching Cody from Stage 2 to Stage 3 foods. He could handle the courser food, but it was so thick that it gagged him. I mixed a little of the Stage 2 into the Stage 3, or used just plain water to thin it out enough that he could swallow it. You might want to try something similar and see if it makes a difference.
11-22-2000 07:16 PM
Lori Well I tried the bananas today and she gagged on them but I forgot about the vanilla yogurt. I guess I will be making another trip to the grocery store. You said you feed Cody fresh applesauce, do you make it yourself or buy it at the store? I looked at all the applesauce at the store an a lot of them had corn syrup in it.
I don't have a steamer right now so the only thing I can do is bananas unless the applesauce from the stores work too. I am hoping to be able to get a steamer during the big sales after Thanksgiving.
11-21-2000 08:40 PM
Lori Thanks Dawn,

I will have to try that. I sure hope it works because I have pretty much ran out of jarred baby food to try.
I think I will look at the article. Thanks again.
11-21-2000 09:56 AM
Dawn I made all of Cody's baby food up until recently when he started eating meats and tiny table scraps. The easiest thing is obviously bananas -- just mash them up with a fork and she'll probably devour them. I mix Cody's with a tiny bit of vanilla yogurt for extra flavor.

I always use fresh bananas or applesauce in his cereal -- it's the only way he'll eat it.

You can make the baby food with a blender, food processor, or little hand held chopper (that's what I use). Steam the veggies or fruit until they are really mushy, then use some of the water from the bottom of the pan when you mash them up. Freeze in ice cube trays, then pop them out and put into freezer bags. When you're ready to feed her, just pop a few in the microwave to thaw, and --- wah-lah!

Whenever you cook something that can be made into baby food (like mashed potatos or veggies with a roast) keep out some extra and mash it up then freeze. Just go easy on the spices. I would make veggies semi-bland, then take his share out before spicing the rest of the family's.

I used to spend about 2 hours a week preparing his food and he loved it versus the jarred stuff. I've made apples, pears, peaches, pineapple, butternut squash (his fav), peas, carrots, and potatos that I can remember.

He wasn't particularly fond of most veggies, so I would mix 1 cube of apples or pears to 2 cubes of say, carrots and he'd devour them.

I wrote an article on making your own food which has more specifics --

Let me know how it goes and if you have any more questions!

Perhaps someone has some actual recipes -- I know there are several books devoted to making your own baby food.

11-21-2000 04:55 AM
Lori Okay I'm beginning to think each kid gets fussier and fussier. But my question is if anybody has had any experience with making their own babyfood. My baby who is only 5 months refuses almost all the fruit and all the vegetables now except for sweet potatoes and squash. Cereal is almost impossible to even get in her mouth and believe it or not she doesn't even like the desserts that they have out. I have tried Dutch Apple and Vanilla Pudding(which I think tastes pretty good) and she spit them right back out.
But she will eat almost anything I have on my plate.
Need some help here on how to make the baby food. Do I need a food processer or what and what foods make good babyfood besides the obvious. I would really appreciate any advice anyone can give me because I can't think of anything else to try.

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