When I first introduced my daughter to solid foods almost three years ago, I started with homemade sweet potato puree. After considering the merits of homemade versus commercial baby food, I decided to make my own. Not only could I make big batches for pennies compared with store-bought versions, homemade baby food also generally offers bolder flavors to developing taste buds. Thus, back in April when he turned six months old, I also introduced my son to homemade sweet potato baby food that I lovingly prepared in my own kitchen.
A perfect first food, sweet potatoes are low in sodium; very low in saturated fat and cholesterol; high in dietary fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium; and very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese. Making homemade baby food from sweet potatoes is incredibly simple. I started with an organic sweet potato and some fluoride-free baby water. First I washed, peeled, and chopped the sweet potato. After combining the pieces with some water in a glass bowl, I microwaved the vegetable for about ten minutes until cooked to tenderness.
After allowing the cooked sweet potatoes to cool slightly, I spooned the sweet potatoes into my Baby Bullet and added some additional water. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the baby food into freezer containers and ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the puree froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs vegetables, I simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator or microwave. Easy peasy!
Organic Sweet Potato © 2015 Heather Johnson
Chopping the Peeled Sweet Potato © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Organic Sweet Potato © 2015 Heather Johnson
Pureeing the Organic Sweet Potato © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Sweet Potato Baby Food in Freezer Containers © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Sweet Potato Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays © 2015 Heather Johnson