I preferred to make the girls vegetables at home rather than letting them try the store bought. I was able to create my own vegetable combinations at home that was not offered at the store. I would always try one vegetable for a few days before combining it with another vegetable.
I used frozen yellow squash. I put the squash in the steamer with a little water and microwaved it for nine minutes. Then, I put it in the blender with some water. Occasionally, I would add pepper to introduce as a spice. It usually made enough for 4-6 meals.
I bought two large sweet potatoes. I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour. Half way through, I flipped the potatoes over. After they cooled, I peeled the skin off and put the potatoes in the blender. I added more water than usual because sweet potatoes are drier than other vegetables. It usually made enough for 5-6 meals.
Green Beans, Peas, and Zucchini:
All of these vegetables were frozen. The green beans were steamed for fourteen minutes. Peas and zucchini were steamed for nine minutes. Again, I pureed with water in the blender. They each made around 5-6 meals.
I tried different ways to make carrot purees. The first way I tried was to buy fresh carrots. I peeled the carrots and chopped them before putting them in the steamer for nine minutes. This method took a long time. So, I decided to switch to frozen carrots. I bought baby carrots from the frozen section. I steamed these carrots for nine minutes as well. When I pulled them out, they were still hard so I steamed them a few more minutes. Then put them in the blender to puree with water. When I scooped them out into my freezer containers, I found that they were still a little chunky. So the next time I made carrots, I bought crinkle carrots. These worked the best for us. Please note, add more water with carrots because they dry out faster.
This veggie was a favorite for my girls. I bought two avocados, peeled them and removed the seed. I mashed them in a bowl and scooped them into the freezer containers. It usually made 4 meals.
I used different frozen vegetables to puree. Corn, mixed vegetables, lima beans, etc… Most of them, I steamed for about nine minutes in the microwave before pureeing in the blender.
Pureeing food is time consuming for the day that you do all the cooking but you save money in the long run. The only thing I did not want to puree was meats. The concept of puree cooked meats did not set well with me so we opted out of that. We did try pureed meats one time. I bought some pureed meats but when I opened the jar and smelled the horrible smell, I refused to feed it to my girls. It reminded me of cat food and I just could not bring myself to feed the girls the pureed meats. I would buy meats mixed with pastas or vegetables from the store. Then waited to really introduce meats until they were eating solids.