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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Adventures in Homemade Baby Food – Peas

I have been very, very excited to try peas with Andrew because they are one of the few foods that Ben really doesn’t like.  I was hoping I could get a positive response from my little guy.  And of course, just as he has liked every other food we have tried, he liked peas too.  They definitely aren’t his favorite (peaches or pears) but he eats them and that makes me happy!

These were great for me because using frozen peas made the whole process so quick and easy.  Not only that, but frozen veggies are picked and packaged at the height of their ripeness, so they retain more nutrients than most fresh produce.  Plus, there is just no way I am shelling enough peas to make a full batch of baby food.   This time I prepared one 16-oz. bag of peas and I got five servings (15 cubes) out of it.  Next time I think I’ll make a double batch for our little piggy :)

peas-1Take a package of frozen peas and cook them according to the package directions.  (Don’t cook the package!  This was just for show.)

peas-2Frozen peas starting to boil.

peas-3That’s better – nice and soft!

peas-4Once the peas are all cooked, put them in the food processor or blender and puree.

peas-5Puree until they reach the desired consistency.  Mine were a bit thick, so I added a small amount of water.

peas-6Freeze in cubes.  Thaw as needed and feed your baby some healthy food!

peas-7

peas-8I like peas!

  • http://feedmyworld-sri.blogspot.com/ Sri

    Good for you!
    When my baby (she’s 18 mths old now) was younger, I only made my own baby foods for her. I even bought a food mill just for her. She has a lot of baby foods adventure. :D
    I got a lot of my ideas from Annabel Karmel’s 100 Best Baby Purees and Superfoods for babies and kids. Love it. Wish I had that when my oldest 2 were born!

  • http://www.littlemissmel.com little miss mel

    I tried these awhile ago and got such an odd consistency. The shells of the peas seem to be the culprit. I steamed my frozen peas hoping to retain even more of the nutrients.

    I think I will try adding a little pureed pear/apple to sweeten them up, so I can use the entire batch I froze.

    He’s currently eating peas by themselves, but would love to offer them with the spoon as well.

    Thanks for the instructions. I am glad I wasn’t way off. :) (I just did a batch of sweet potato tonight, so easy!!)

  • http://ashleighsedibles.blogspot.com/ Ashleigh

    Hi Annie!

    No need for baby food adventures yet, but I am taking notes for when we DO need it. ;) I just wanted to say how adorable your little guy is. I bet you hear that often! I know as a mother, you think he is the most adorable baby in the world (most moms do), but he truly is a handsome fella…one of the cutest babies I think I’ve ever seen!
    Love your blog. Have a good week!

  • http://joelens.blogspot.com Joelen

    These baby food posts are so helpful! i love reading them and the chance to see your handsome son featured! :)

  • Bev

    How fab! look at your gorgeous boy enjoying his peas!

    My son Ollie (now 20 months) enjoyed everything I gave him too, even things I was surprised by like lentil curry etc. I used to make pea and apple puree which he loved, lot’s of “mmmmm’s”!

    Please do post more on this, I like seeing parents who feed their babies homemade healthy food, it’s so simple to do isn’t it?

  • http://www.greigbery.blogspot.com Heather

    I absolutely love this series! I can not wait to make home made baby food when my husband and I have children! People keep telling me I am crazy. “You think you’re going to have time to do all of that? Just wait and see!”

    But, obviously, people all over are doing it, and doing a fine job! It just has to be a priority. Thank you!!

  • david marshall michael

    this makes me hungry

  • http://deborahsw.blogspot.com/ Deborah

    I love making baby food for our little one! I didn’t expect it to be so easy either. We tried peas awhile ago and she wasn’t a fan, but I’m hoping to try again later and see if she warms up to them. She LOVES squashes though – butternut, acorn, etc. etc. :) If you have one, you might try using an immersion/stick blender sometime – I used to use the blender to make baby food but started using the immersion blender and it’s SO much easier, quick to clean up too!

  • http://sweetsavorysouthern.wordpress.com Renea(MrsSchoon)

    He’s so adorable!

  • Irina

    I am following your baby food series. My baby is not far behind – she’s almost six months old. So she likes bananas, peaches, and applesauce. I will try these peas soon. All of your notes and pictures are very helpful. Just a note to others…it’s not very time consuming at all.

  • Julie

    Any ideas on where to find a cube container to freeze foods in? I’d like to get one for my sister!

  • Annie

    I just use an ice cube tray but you could try Googling if you want something other than that.

  • Julie

    thanks! i thought the tray looked bigger than an ice cube tray, but i guess it was just the camera angle! Thank you!!

  • Dorota

    This is great! Thank you for the idea. I just made it and served it to my 7 month old son. One question though, after you defrosted to cubies, did you just warm the food up and gave it to the baby? I assume it was not necessary to cook it again?

  • annieseats

    You don’t need to cook it again. I let them thaw in the fridge or at room temp to avoid heating in the microwave and potentially creating hot spots that could burn a baby’s mouth. As long as it’s a temperature that they will eat agreeably, it is fine.