This was my very first attempt at making yummy organic purees for my little boy. He was 5 months when we decide to try our luck with sweet potatoes and we quickly realized that we preferred sweet potatoes for our mash as well! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. All things good for a growing baby!
Okay, now lets get started! First, get a pot or large sauce pan of boiling water going. You will need enough to cover the sweet potatoes. Wash and peel your potatoes. One large potato will make about one ice cube tray of puree. It’s great because each cube is about an ounce of puree! I used two potatoes for this recipe because I just knew he would love the taste!
Next, chop sweet potatoes into about 1 inch cubes.
When your water starts boiling, add sweet potatoes, cover and let cook for 12-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and give a quick rinse with cold water. Depending on the consistancy you desire, you can mash or puree the sweet potatoes in a blender or food processor. Since this was the first puree my little was trying, I used a hand blender to get it nice and smooth. You can also add breast milk, formula or water to thin it out. I used a little breast milk for this one.
We didn’t have Madden’s high chair yet, so his first big boy meal was in his rocker. He didn’t mind!
To freeze and store, I cover the ice cube tray with Glad Press and Seal Wrap-If you haven’t tried this stuff, seriously it’s the best. Stick it in the freezer for a few hours, I always just do overnight. The next morning empty the trays into a freezer bag and don’t forget to label with the name and date! Most purees will store just fine for a few months. They will get eaten up before they can get freezer burn, trust me!