Adventures in Homemade Baby Food – Green Beans

The response to my first post regarding homemade baby food was quite encouraging, so I will continue posting about some of the different types that I make.  We are nearing the end of our first round of vegetables before moving on to fruits for a while.  So far we have introduced butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans and acorn squash.  These have all been great introductory veggies as they are unlikely to cause an allergy and cooperate well with a younger baby’s tummy.  Andrew is quite the little piggy, so he has enjoyed every vegetable we have tried so far.  For some reason though he eats slightly less green beans in a feeding than he does other veggies (1.5 to 2 cubes versus 3 regularly).  These green beans cost me $1.59 at the store, and made about 20 cubes, so that works out to around $0.15 per serving.  Nice!

green-beans-1Start by rinsing the beans thoroughly.  You don’t want your child eating dirt and/or pesticides!

green-beans-21Slice the tips off of the beans…or just snap them off if you are less OCD than I 🙂

green-beans-31Place a fine mesh sieve, colander or steamer over a pot with a small amount of boiling water (basket should not touch the water).  I briefly contemplated buying a steamer and then realized I had many things in my kitchen that would do the same job just fine.  I am extremely short on cabinet space so finding multiple purposes for items I already own is a big plus.

green-beans-41Place the beans in the basket and allow to cook in the steam.

green-beans-51I place the lid of the pot over the top to keep more steam in.  This is not necessary, it just helps the beans cook more quickly.  Steam until the beans are fork tender.

green-beans-61Transfer the beans to the bowl of a food processor.  Puree until smooth.  Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency.  (It can be difficult to get green beans pureed finely so you may opt to strain through a fine mesh sieve or use a food mill if desired.)

green-beans-71Portion into ice cube trays and freeze.  Thaw in refrigerator or at room temperature as needed.  Green beans are an excellent source of calcium, as well as vitamins K, C, and A!

green-beans-81Another winner with our little guy.  And a random tip – if the child’s shirt is already dirty and you’re getting ready to change their outfit, just feed them and skip the bib.  Less laundry later is always a good thing 🙂

19 Responses

  1. even though I have no use for baby food (yet ; ) I love these posts…Andrew’s expressions are priceless! : )

  2. What a great idea. They have these microwaveable steamer bags where you can put your choice of veggies/fruits, pop them in the micro and place in your food processor to puree. I heard about it from Tyler Florence on a recent show… something he does himself for his child. Andrew is getting so big!

  3. No babies yet, but maybe someday this post will come in handy for us:)

  4. These posts are super informative! Can I ask how old he was when you started introducing the solid foods?

  5. Tyler Florence has a few baby food recipes in his cookbook “Dinner at My Place” … some sound SO good that *I* want to eat them!

  6. Your little boy is so cute. I applaud you for making your own baby food! That’s definitely something I aspire to whenever we have kids. Much healthier for sure 🙂

  7. Kudos to you for making your own baby food! I hope to do that when the time comes. I’m sure it feels so good to know exactly what’s going into his little tummy. He is absolutely precious – love those eyes!

  8. Andrew is WAY too cute. I definitely love your baby food posts!

  9. I will so be doing this when we have kids. It seems like such a great money saver and a great way to know exactly whay your little one is eating. And I’m loving the process pictures. But I have to say my favorite part of these posts are the picks of Andrew 🙂

    What size food processor are you using? Is it a regualr size or a small one?

  10. He is TOOO cute! I love that you say how much this cost you per serving. In the future, when I have kids, I want to make their baby food too!

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE the babyfood postings as well as the grown up food ones =) keep them both coming.

  12. As a brand new mom (Ava-Ryan is four weeks today) I’m looking forward to trying this and other vegetables. I made your apple pie crumb bars and they were delicious.

  13. Your baby food posts are inspiring.

  14. THanks again for sharing! Andrew is too cute for words!

  15. I enjoy so much your blog! and that picture of your little guy is too adorable!!

  16. I must get a food processor soon! I am loving the baby food posts and saving them for future reference. I can’t believe how much baby food is in the store! Its outrageous!

  17. That puree looks good. I think I would even eat it. And it sounds like your baby likes it too. 3 cubes of solids?! I can barely get my 6 month old to eat one! He is so hard to feed. Maybe that is a sign I should hold off for a while. Dunno.

    I recently did a baby food post as well. It is interesting to see how many people make baby food too. It’s inspiring really.

    Keep ’em coming!

  18. Hey Annie! That’s funny…Ethan does the same exact thing! He eats all the veggies we’ve tried so far, but he eats about half as much green beans! Those boys. 🙂

  19. I made these for my sister in law as a little extra christmas present for my baby niece and they were a big hit! She’s very health conscious but a busy working mom so doesn’t often have the time to make stuff like this ahead of time. I just put all of the cubes in a jar and tied a ribbon around it. I also tried carrots. Thanks for the idea and how-to! I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried off your blog. 🙂

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