In the Kitchen: Homemade Green Beans Baby Food

If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s fresh vegetables!  We’ve finally made a strong commitment to be regular patrons to the farmer’s market this year, and Trevor and I have been enjoying more and more of the season’s bounty.  And it got me thinking, what about Sadie?  Why should she have to miss out on all of this delicious, hand-picked, in-season, local produce, just because she doesn’t swallow anything that doesn’t come out of my boob?  The answer: make it and freeze it now; serve it later!

This week was my first attempt, and I went with green beans.  Jody said at Tuesday’s market that it’s about the end of the green beans, so I figured I’d better hop on it!  It went so well, I’m thinking of doing another round, if I can get my hands on some Saturday.  And then maybe peaches…or squash…the possibilities are endless.  Well, not entirely, but there are quite a few!

Here is a pictorial tutorial on how to make green beans baby food:

I started by washing the two quarts of farm-fresh green beans.

I started by washing the two quarts of farm-fresh green beans.

Next, I snapped the ends off.

Next, I snapped the ends off.

Then I steamed them up in my trusty steamer (though you could use a steamer basket on the stove).

Then I steamed them up in my trusty steamer (though you could use a steamer basket on the stove).

Then, into the food processor they went!

Then, into the food processor they went!

And pureed till smooth!

And pureed till smooth!

Then, into one-ounce serving size trays.

Then, into one-ounce serving size trays.

And into the freezer!

And into the freezer!

Once they were frozen, I put them in freezer bags and labeled them with the type, date, and farm!  Then back into the freezer to await Sadie's belly.

Once they were frozen, I put them in freezer bags and labeled them with the type, date, and farm! Then back into the freezer to await Sadie's belly.

Some resources:  Nurture Baby, Wholesome Baby Food, and Homemade Baby Food Pure and Simple.

6 thoughts on “In the Kitchen: Homemade Green Beans Baby Food

  1. Amber Eggins

    I was going to make my own baby food too but I just really havent started it yet. Good for you, Im proud. I was thinking about going to the Farmer’s Market on Tuesday but I was thinking it might be too hot. What time do you go??

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    1. citysteader Post author

      We try to go pretty early, because things tend to run out. Usually between 7 and 9. I go with Sadie on Saturdays, too. It’s not too hot that early. We go to the NLR one, because all of the produce, etc. has to be Arkansas grown. And we’ve got friends who have booths there.

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    1. citysteader Post author

      Oh, yes. It’s quite doable. It just takes having the time and the patience. It is a little weird making stuff I don’t even know if she’ll like, but if she does, we’ll be saving some money. I don’t know that we’ll be able to totally avoid having to buy the commercial stuff, but we’ll at least be buying less of it!

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