Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Baby Food: Carrots & Carrot Juice for Baby

 Baby Food: Pureed Carrots
Carrots (any amount-I use 3-4lbs because I make bulk quantities.)
  1. If you use regular carrots wash with veggie brush to remove ALL dirt or peel the carrots. Slice into sticks or if you have a food processor with a slicer slice the carrots
  2. Put enough water over the carrots to barely cover the top.
  3. Boil until tender-not mushy. They should still hold their shape but be soft.
  4. Turn off heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  5. Place into food processor or blender. Puree until you reach the consistancy that you desire.
  6. Let cool.
Here you can either freeze "as is" or strain the juice.

To Freeze:
Cube Method:
  1. Place pureed carrots from processor into ice cube trays and freeze.
  2. Once frozen place in freezer bag and place bag in freezer.
  3. Defrost the needed amount of cubes as necessary.
Jar Method:
  1. Place in Freezer jars (use jars especially made for the freezer such as Ball/Kerr Blue Label canning jars). Using a wide mouth funnel helps prevent spills.
  2. Leave HEAD SPACE of about 1-1/2 inches.
  3. Place in freezer. Defrost 1 jar as needed. (To defrost jars move from freezer to refrigerator overnight.)
To get the CARROT JUICE:
  1. BEFORE placing in jar use a mess strainer over a bowl and place 8 oz carrot in the strainer.
  2. Press the carrots until the juice no longer comes out.
  3. Move the carrots from the strainer to jars. Use a wide mouth strainer to prevent spilling the carrots.
  4. Repeat this process until all carrots have been strained.
  5. Take the strained juice and place in freezer jars using a wide mouth funnel.
  6. Freeze
I use the carrot juice (and other juice from fruits & veggies) to make cereal instead of water or milk. All of my children loved homemade baby food and homemade juices.

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