Monday, June 14, 2010

Homemade Pea Baby food

I really enjoy making baby food for my kids. It is important to me to know exactly what my kids are eating.

Last week in our food share we got a LARGE bag of shelled peas. I love planning ahead so I decided to use half of the LARGE bag to make our baby some delicious, FARM FRESH, Organic pea baby food.

The nutritional value of peas is amazing when you think of the small size of a cup of peas. One cup of peas contains more protein that a tablespoon of peanut butter and also provides calcium, Vitamin A and C and Iron too.
These wonderful vegetables are a great first "green" food for baby as they are nutritious, and mostly pleasant to eat.

I am not sure exactly the amount of peas I used but I ended up with 6 full baby food jars!

1. If using Fresh Peas, open the pods and scrape out the peas from the pod. If using frozen type of either Peas or Green Beans, cook according to package directions.
2. Place fresh peas into a steamer basket in a pan with a just enough water to slightly show through in the basket.
3. Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level.
4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the peas.
5. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

It is best to use the setting that makes the finest liquid purees - green bean and pea skins are rather difficult to completely puree. Using a blender rather than a food processor or stick mixer might be better as well.

6. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
7. You may wish to push the peas (or green beans) through a sieve or mesh strainer to get rid of any remaining skins

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