Friday, May 11, 2007

Baby Food - part 2: steamed, + Oliver eats out

Ready for some more baby-food making fun? Well I'll be brief. Most green things I prefer to steam instead of bake or boil. (Beans, Asparagus, Peas, Brussel Sprouts, and for baby food purposes even spinach) I like the flavor better that way. But really, whatever gets it soft enough to blend into mush is acceptable.

So, here's some fresh green-beans. First I give them a good rinse in the colander, then I snap off the ends and any discolored parts. I place them in a large pot with a steamer basket in the bottom. I fill the pot with water, just until water starts to peek above the basket, then put the lid on. Then I put the pot over medium heat and forget about it while I clean up my kitchen and try earnestly to convince Sir O that the garbage can is not a cool place to hang out.
I let the beans steam for a lot longer than I would if I were going to eat them. I prefer my beans tender-crisp, whereas you really want them fairly limp for baby food. I think I let these steam for over 30 minutes. Then return to the colander to drain and cool. Once they are touchable, start hucking handfuls into the food processor.
Freeze in ice-cube trays per usual. Beans tend to yield significantly less per batch than sweet potatoes (considering the volume you begin with). I only filled 1 1/2 ice cube trays.
Freeze thoroughly, run backside of ice cube tray under hot-water for easy release. Heating for baby-consumption is the same as for sweet potatoes, 1 min on 1/2 power, then 5 second intervals (stirring between them) on full power until no more frozen chunks appear. Good eats.
Slightly off-topic. Sir O went out to eat with us tonight for the first time in months. He was a riot. You could tell this kid skipped a nap today because he was wired. I failed to quite capture it on video, but he and another baby in the restaurant seemed to be having a shriek-a-thon. He would be ho-humming along and then out of nowhere his eyes would get huge and he'd start doing the high-pitched baby noises with great gusto. Good thing it was a noisy-type joint, or we'd have been embarrassed instead of entertained. We brought him home and he was all tired-cuddly and went to bed without even a tiny struggle. He can be so sweet he breaks my heart sometimes.


6 comments:

samunwritten said...

Awww...the little baby bird, head tipped back, squealing for more straw is adorable.

glittersmama said...

What the heck is a steamer basket? I'm a complete moron when it comes to stuff like this...do I really need one? Thanks for part 2.

Al said...

Wow, I love the composition in the picture with the frozen green goolash. haha, I don't even know what composition is, but I love the picture. "What a lovely pile of green glop" said in a sing song voice.
Maybe I'm being silly... oh, it's past my bedtime, that's why I love that one picture.

hairyshoefairy said...

You're a gem! I love these little tutorials! Thanks, Em!

Angela and Family said...

Rob is completely impressed with the beauty of your pictures. Who knew green beans and steamer baskets could be so elegent?

tracy m said...

Em, you've totally inspired me to feed Abby better food. Er, just as soon as I'm done moving...

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