Sweet Potatoes

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Sophia - June 26

Just wondering how you cook sweet potatoes to make a puree. Do you microwave it with some water, or do you boil it in water on the stove?

 

Ginny - June 26

I microwaved the whole potato, skins and all, like a baked potato . Then I skinned it, added water and boiled it to make sure any germs had been killed. I threw it all in a blender, and wha-la! She really loves it.

 

cab - June 26

I scrubbed them well. Baked them in the oven for 45 min to 1 hour. Allowed to cool. Peeled and mashed them. I also put in ice cube trays in the freezer. When serving i mixed in b___st milk, formula or a fruit to serve at the desired consistancy.

 

Sophia - June 26

Thanks, Ginny and cab.

 

TinaMarie - June 26

Very cool! Can you bake them and do small chucks for older babies for finger food?

 

flower.momma - June 26

I've actually heard that microwaving veggies can deplete their nutritional content somewhat more than boiling or baking. I know its a lot easier and takes half the time, but microwaving them can zap all the good stuff.

 

pbj - June 26

When I made homemade baby food I steamed them since I read that boiling can deplete their nutrients. I just made sure they were cut into small cubes so it didn't take too long.

 

Sophia - June 26

For others of you who are looking for it, I found this method on the internet: For 2-3 medium to large sweet potatoes, Step 1: PREP - Wash, peel and chop sweet potatoes into one-inch (3 cm) cubes . Step 2: COOK - Place sweet potatoes and 2 Tablespoons (30ml) of water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover. Cook 8-10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. They are done if the sweet potatoes can be mashed easily with a fork. Step 3: PUREE - Place sweet potatoes and cooking juices into a blender of food processor. Add 1/2 cup (60 ml) of water. Puree. Add additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 - 100 ml) of water, as needed, to develop of smooth texture. Step 4: FREEZE - Spoon into So Easy Baby Food Trays or ice cube trays. Cover. Place in freezer 8-10 hours or overnight. Remove cubes from trays, place in storage container or freezer bag, and return immediately to the freezer. Makes 24 one-ounce servings. Stays fresh for 2 months in the freezer. To serve, select frozen sweet potato cubes from the freezer, defrost and warm, check the temperature and feed

 

Sophia - June 26

flower.momma, i have heard that microwaving is better because it does NOT deplete nutrients... lol .. don't know what's true!

 

Bonnie - June 26

Someone gave me this link since I had been contemplating making Mason's babyfood. The site is great and lists about everything you could possibly want. :D....http://wholesomebabyfood.com/ (no dashes)

 

Rabbits07 - June 26

Someone e-mailed me this thing about a school experiment some girl did using both tap water and microwaved tap water to water 2 seperate plants....the one she watered with the microwaved water wilted and died! Does anyone know if this is true (it was one of those random, been forwarded 50,000 times e-mails)? Have there ever been any studies done on that sort of thing? I am mortified to use my nuker now!

 

Rabbits07 - June 26

Sorry, I guess that is kind of OT for the thread, but I seen all the talk about use of microwave.

 

flower.momma - June 26

Hey, I got curious and did research and found out that I was wrong, and Sophia was right. Microwaving is better if it is done on low heat. I guess boiling does leach the vitamins quite a bit. This website explains it.... www.glycoscience.com/glycoscience/ doc_ment_viewer.wm?FILENAME=C012 - 141k Everyone always tells me "don't microwave, it is so bad." but it looks like we were wrong.

 

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