There are three different ways to make pureed sweet potatoes for your baby. All of them are effective and do the job, but I personally like baking them the best. This way they retain their sweetness and I can just pop them in the oven and let them be. You can also boil or microwave them if you prefer either of those methods (I've included instructions for all three ways below).
Bradley absolutely LOVED these. See for yourself :) I promise he actually got some in his mouth, too! I keep a batch in the freezer since he likes them so much. That way just in case he tries something he doesn't favor, we have a quick back-up. It's super handy, so I highly recommend doing it yourself.
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup purified water
Wash and scrub potatoes well.
There are three different ways to cook the sweet potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Remove skin.
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut into bite-size pieces. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Heat to boiling and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
- Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Wrap with a paper towel and place on a microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 6-7 minutes, turning over halfway through. Continue cooking, 1 minute at a time, until fork tender. Remove from microwave and allow to cool slightly. Remove skin.
Add your peeled, cooked potatoes to a food processor or blender with water. Puree until it reaches your desired consistency, adding more water if necessary.
Allow to cool then serve to your baby with a spoon. I recommend adding some breast milk or formula to the pureed potatoes as well...this thins out the potatoes and adds a flavor they already know and enjoy.
If saving for a later date, pour it into storage cups to freeze or refrigerate. You can refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for 30 days. Make sure you label your potatoes! Once you are ready to serve, heat the refrigerated or frozen potatoes up in the microwave and allow to cool to just warmer than room temperature. Add breast milk or formula to thin it out.
*Consult your pediatrician before feeding your baby solid foods and to see what amount/type of food you should give your child.
Source: SK Original
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