Friday, April 21, 2017

How To: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food {Green Bean Purée}

When introducing green vegetables into your baby's diet, green beans are a great choice. They are high in Vitamins C and K, and they rank very low on the list of foods that prompt allergic reactions.

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Not too long ago, I shared a round-up of Easter Brunch recipes. I created a related Pinterest board for you to follow in case I discovered more brunch recipes. So it's not all that surprising that I've been spending more time than usual on Pinterest as a result.

It was during one of my random Pinterest sessions that I came across this blog post about how to grow your blog. Since I've been thinking about growing Taste As You Go, I clicked through and started reading. I realized that I was stuck at Tip #1 -- Find Your Passion.

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I've been saying for quite some time now that I've wanted to blog more often but haven't had the time or the energy. There have been times when I also haven't had the motivation or inspiration. It never occurred to me that my passion for blogging may have fizzled out.

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The more I thought it, the more I worried that I was trying to keep something alive that I had outgrown. I won't pretend that my readership is up or that I'm seeing an increase in reader engagement. In fact, the opposite has happened and I've been trying very hard not to take it to heart. As my priorities have shifted over the years, so too have the needs of all of you.

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But I've been blogging for almost nine years, which, when you think about it, is really almost ten years.

Am I the most popular blogger out there? No.

Do I have the largest following on social media? Hardly.

But there must be something out there that keeps pulling me back in, that compels me to sit down with my laptop to write. And if there is, then the passion can't be completely gone... can it?

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I'm going to continue sorting through these feelings. In the meantime, here's another post in my series about homemade baby food... Hard to believe that I'll be making batches of fruit and vegetable purees to feed to another baby next year. I hope he loves these purees as much as his big sister did!


Green Bean Purée
Printable Recipe

This recipe gives the measurements I use when making purée to freeze. Adjust the amounts accordingly based on your needs.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pounds frozen green beans

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium pan.
  2. Add the frozen green beans and bring the water to a boil again, stirring occasionally.
  3. Lower the heat and allow the beans to simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the green beans, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid.
  5. Rinse the green beans with cold water or place in an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  6. Using a food processor, blender, or immersion blender, purée the green beans until smooth, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid to achieve the desired consistency.
To freeze:

Allow the green bean purée to cool to room temperature and spoon into clean ice cube trays. Wrap the trays in plastic wrap and place in the freezer to set overnight. Pop the cubes out of the trays and transfer them to freezer bags labeled with the date and the contents. You can keep the green bean purée in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How To: Use Green Bean Purée

What if you make and/or freeze a batch of green bean purée and your baby decides he/she doesn't like it anymore? If you're left with a whole lot of green bean purée in your freezer, here are some ways to use it up:


Need more homemade baby food recipes? Try these:

One year ago: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food: Pea Purée {HOW-TO}
Two years ago: Menu Plan: April 19 - April 25 {MENU PLAN}
Three years ago: Menu Plan: April 21 - April 26 {MENU PLAN}
Four years ago: Menu Plan: April 21 - April 27 {MENU PLAN}
Five years ago: Bolete Restaurant and Inn - Bethlehem, PA {REVIEW}
Six years ago: Something Lacking at South Gate {REVIEW}
Seven years ago: Featured Friday, Volume 1.4 {FUN}
Eight years ago: Fiery Pomegranate Sauce {RECIPE}

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