One of the things I said before I had my second son was that I was going to give him all types of fruits and veggies to try. I’ve always been a pretty picky eater myself and I kind of only gave my oldest son the types of foods I like to eat. So when my youngest came along I vowed to be different this time. Now brace yourself, but I don’t really care for stawberries. Ok pick your jaw up off the floor. Yes I said that I’m not a fan of strawberries. I’m a big texture person and I just don’t like the texture and the little seeds. But I do like strawberry flavored things(does that count?!) Nevertheless I was excited to start boo on strawberries when he got old enough. And FYI, he LOVES them! Here’s how to make homemade strawberries baby food so your baby can love them too!
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What you will need:
- Strawberries- these can be fresh or frozen. Whatever is in season or is easiest for you
- Pot or steamer to soften up the strawberries. You only need to do this for a few minutes as the strawberries can become very mushy very quickly.
- Blender or food processor. This is the one I use and LOVE. I love it because it can chop, mince or purée. Which helps as your baby grows and starts to explore different texture and sizes of food.
- Containers and ice trays. I use these containers for refrigerator storage and love them because they are the perfect size and stack for easy storage. I use these ice tray containers and like the easy to slide on lid. You could also use regular ice trays like these and use aluminum foil to cover the top too.
- Ziploc bags for storage.
Take fresh strawberries and slice into halves. Make sure to cut stem off first or empty bag of frozen strawberries into steamer or pot.
Put strawberry pieces into steamer or pot of water to boil. Fill your pot with just enough water to cover your strawberries. Or if using a steamer put water in first and then place strawberries in the steamer basket. Boil or steam until soft enough to easily slide a fork through the strawberry.
Place strawberries into your blender or food processor and blend until completely puréed. As your baby gets older you can adjust the texture of the strawberries. Also before blending make sure to pour in some of the water you cooked the strawberries in, into the blender as it is full of the vitamins from the strawberries.
If freezing, take out trays and place ice cubes into a Ziploc bag, label and date it. Make sure to squeeze all of the air out of the bag before you seal it. Put bag in freezer.
Voila! You just made homemade strawberry baby food! Give yourself a pat on the back.