Today, I made another batch of peas—this one is my third batch so far. Now, to site my sources I have been using a great site called Momtastic—Wholesome Baby Food to guide me in this endeavor. Granted, for this particular veggie I didn’t need guidance on how to cook it since it is a common one in my home; however, it did shape my decision to cook the peas on the stove instead of the microwave. According to them, microwaving can destroy large amounts of nutrients depending on the food but (and here is the reason that I love this site) they don’t lay on a guilt trip if you disagree with them. They admit that they do everything the ideal way but still encourage you to make as much homemade baby food using whichever method as your schedule/desire to do so allows. They make it plainly obvious what their opinions of the best options are but never criticize anyone for choosing an easier method.
This time around I chose to cook the peas on the stove because I wanted to make a large batch of 32 ounces of frozen peas. Afterwards, I drained the peas but kept the cooking water.
As you’ll notice, the water is no longer clear but a thin green. This is because during cooking the peas leak nutrients. I keep the water because the peas need to be thinned a little in order to puree them and I would rather do that with nutrient rich water instead of plain water.
|Look closely; you can see the water line about halfway up.|
|(You can just barely see my son's reflexion on the jar)|
(Yes, the white-ish blob in the middle)
Instead of using some fancy, pre-measured cups to freeze my baby food I use my ice cube trays that I already had (I’m saving money left and right! Wahoo!) and since our new apartment had a nicer freezer that came with its own space saving ice cube trays mine have been out of commission for a while. After scooping the goodness into the trays covering it with plastic wrap is useful to prevent some freezer burn. This was another suggestion that came from Momtastic and I love it because I was all set to buy a couple sets of Baby Food Freezer Tupperware and this works so much better (for me) than I imagine the other system would have. This is because the veggie cubes pop out once frozen and store nicely in quart sized freezer bags which then get stuffed wherever they fit best in my crowded freezer at the time! Basically, it’s awesome. I’ll get you a picture of the peas in bags soon; they are just not fully frozen yet.
Some days it is inconvenient to make my own baby food but I try to work around that by making larger batches. Nutrients stay intact for about a month so I try to space out making batches of fruits and veggies and only do it on days that work for me. So far, so good.