How to Make Butternut Squash Puree for Babies

Filled with vitamin A and potassium, butternut squash is a nutritious addition to baby's diet. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to make butternut squash puree.

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-We needed a little extra help from the test kitchen, so we decided to recruit baby #2. Today is a big day in our house because Chloe is gonna have her first real food. We've been giving her rice breast with breast milk for a while. So today, I decided to switch it up and it's time for vegetables. Butternut squash is in season, so I decided that would be her first food. I got this at the farmer's market and it is delicious. So, you're gonna take the chef's knife like this and put it down in the middle of the butternut squash like this. Get the muscle into it and let's go down on one side like that and then you just wanna turn it the other way. Be careful not to cut yourself and just like that. People sometimes get intimidated by squash, but they really aren't that difficult to cook at all. The hardest part of that is cutting them in half. And then you're just gonna do the same thing on the other side like this and like this and then it just splits in half like that and you're just gonna dig out the seeds. You can use a spoon or just your hand like this. They're so orange from all the beta-carotene in them that sometimes your fingers get nice and orange like that that all you're gonna do is dig out these seeds and then you're gonna put it on to a cookie sheet like this that's been lined with foil that way they're easy to pull off. And you don't have to use water or anything. I just put them directly on the cookie sheet and that's it. Okay. And then like this. 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes until they're tender like this one. See, you can see. Stick a knife and it's tender and delicious. So then you're just gonna take your spoon and spoon the inside of the butternut squash into a food processor. I might-- My food processor of choice for making baby food are these Mini Prep food processors because they're inexpensive and they really do a seriously good job of pureeing it into something smooth because especially babies when they're first starting out want a smooth, smooth texture. So, it's a good piece of equipment to have and I consider it essential for making baby food and that's it. Put it in. And actually, this is the other side. I'm gonna use this to make a butternut soup. Butternut squash soup for my husband, and Kenya, and I tonight by just adding little chicken stock. So see, I've got like food for baby, food for us. It's so simple. I like to take out the top and just push everything down. One more time. I mean can you imagine anything more fast? This is so much easier and better than store-bought baby food. I mean I got this entire squash for about $2. Two little jars for about a dollar each at the grocery. So, this is so much more economical. And I like to use these freezer cubes. These are about 2 ounces so that I can put a little bit of this puree in the freezer for another time. Close up like that so you have the perfect portion for baby. Or I like to use these glass containers to keep in the refrigerator. I prefer the glass to the plastic personally. All right, that's it. I'm just gonna keep filling this up and then we're gonna get Chloe and see what she thinks. She tasted it. It's so creamy and delicious and it's good. Chloe's first taste of real food. This is a big moment, right, baby? Okay, you're ready? Offer the spoon. You see it? And, woah, I'd say that she is more than ready for it. What do you think? Do you like that? Butternut squash is such a good choice too. Ooh, you just wanna put it right in her mouth. More? Oh yeah. Oh, oh, oh. For more fast fresh and easy recipes like this and more,-- Oh yeah, this one's gonna like some food-- check out delicious.com.

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