If you are new to making baby food take a look at Homemade Baby Food: How to Get Started.
Squash is a wonderful Stage 1 vegetable. Winter squash, like acorn or butternut, is high in vitamin A and calcium. There is a great resource here on the nutritional content.
Introduction Age: 4-6 month *Check with your pediatrician about when to start your baby on solid foods
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
- Put squash in baking pan face down. Add approximately 1 inch of water to pan.
- Cook for 45-60 minutes or until you can easily pierce "meat" with a fork.
- Cool squash and retain cooking liquid for thinning puree.
- Scoop "meat" out of squash shell.
- Puree in your choice of appliance*. Add reserved cooking liquid to make it the desired consistency (thin, but not runny).
- Spoon puree into ice cube trays.
- Cover ice cube trays with plastic wrap and freeze overnight or until solid.
- Pop out cubes and store in freezer safe plastic bags.
Remove cube from freezer and place in container in refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Heat if desired and serve. Use thawed cubes within 24 hours or thawing. You may also thaw in microwave if you choose.
*I use my Food Network 3-Cup Mini Food Processor . Since I like to use my mini food processor for the convenience of easy cleaning, I puree one half at a time.
Remember to use the 4 day wait rule when introducing new foods. Feed your child only 1 new food for a 4 day period to wait for any possible reaction.
Once your child has been introduced to several foods using the 4 day wait rule, you may begin trying different food combinations. Here are some foods that pair well with squash:
- Meat (Beef, Chicken, Pork)
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