Homemade Baby Food With Butternut Squash


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Follow Me on Pinterest One of the favorite baby foods in this house has been butternut squash. How wonderful to be able to turn out your baby’s own food where you know there are no additives except the love you put into it. If you grow your own butternut, all the better. And if you don’t…butternut is available in most areas of the country year-round.

Simple Steps to Homemade Baby Food

Making your own baby food is so simple that the makers of those little one-serving jars of food would surely never want you to know.


Puree the Butternut

  1. Wash and dry the outside of the squash.

  2. Slice off the two ends and split the butternut squash in half longways.
  3. Lay it on an oiled cookie sheet with sides.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, depending on the size of the butternut. The squash is done when there is no resistance as you pierce it with a sharp knife.
  5. Remove pan from the oven, allowing the butternut to cool enough for handling.
  6. Scoop out the soft flesh.
  7. Puree it in a food processor or blender until smooth and silky.

Season the Homemade Baby Food Puree

A scant amount of sea salt improves the flavor of your butternut baby food. There should be need for nothing else, especially for a young baby. The squash itself is sweet and may have become sweeter as it baked. This is called caramelizing. If you are preparing this food for an older infant you may want to add a smidgen of butter or a scant sprinkle of cinnamon when you serve it. Overall, butternut squash stands well on its own as a baby food. Lots of happy baby faces have proven that.

Freeze the Homemade Baby Food

When you are preparing butternut puree just for baby, you will end up with a quart or more of puree. This will keep in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container for a couple of days. Do not push past this point. You do not want to risk bacteria getting started in your precious baby’s food stash. Freezer to the rescue!

  1. Spoon out servings onto an oiled cookie sheet just as you would spoon out cooky dough.

  2. Freeze for a couple of hours or until the mounds of squash are frozen enough to handle.
  3. Pop the squash mounds loose from the cookie sheet. Work quickly.
  4. Place into the freezer containers of choice and return to the freezer.

The quality of this butternut baby food stays prime for about three months.

Heating Your Homemade Baby Food

he simplest way to heat your butternut squash is to thoroughly defrost it first. “Of course!”, you say. “But what if I forget to pull it out of the freezer?” No problem. Place the frozen mound of butternut in an egg poaching cup and thaw it over hot water. Another take on the egg poacher is to place the butternut mound in a coffee cup and put the coffer cup in a small saucepan with two to three inches of water. Keep the water at a simmer. Stir the squash from time to time for even heating. Depending on the size of the butternut mound, ten minutes will probably do the job.

At some point baby will stop eating pureed food, going for much more interesting chunky stuff. You may have a significant amount of butternut puree in the freezer. Eureka! Start thinking of butternut bisque, squash bread, butternut molasses cookies. There are loads of options for using up your hard-earned butternut baby food when baby moves on to table food. It’s a bittersweet moment as you probably already know.

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16 Responses to Homemade Baby Food With Butternut Squash
  1. I guess you can make a lot of things out of butternut. For a minute there i was kind of jealous on the babies, but that butternut bisque brought sunshine to my life again.

    • Amanda Rose

      LOL, yes. :)

  2. I have made all my baby food for my little guy and wouldn’t have it any other way! He loves all kinds of squash too.

  3. Great tutorial! I don’t have kids (yet, anyway), but I’ll have to remember this when I do. I don’t want them eating that icky stuff from the store.

  4. Stopping by from the Tasty Tuesday Party…

    Thank you for this post! I just posted 10 things to do with baby food. I didn’t even think of making bisque with the pureed food that my baby didn’t eat. That sounds amazing! Who knew there was so much you could do with purees?

  5. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/fat-tuesday-january-3-2012/

  6. Came over from the Barn Hop. Thanks for the information! I am filing this away for future use–I’m 7 months pregnant.

    My MIL had my husband and I eat baby food and guess the flavor at our shower. That stuff is horrible! One more reason for making our own.

  7. Wow Jeanie,

    I did not know making butternut bisque would be so simple. Thank you for sharing. I told my husband I will be making them this weekend. One question though… would it be ok if I am to keep it for two to three days as I do not think that my boy can finish them all in a day and making just enough for one day may not sound economical nor efficient.

    • Amanda Rose

      Yes, they will definitely last that long. Sometimes we’ll make a bunch of puree and use it throughout the week for various dishes.

  8. When cooking baby food have you ever felt like J.C. Wiatt (role played by Diane Keaton in “Baby Boom”)? :D I’ll give your recipes to my sister-in-law, she has a 3 years old daughter.

    • Amanda Rose

      **Awkward moment** I’ve never seen Baby Boom. :)

  9. It looks like bread rolls :) I’ll definitely try this recipe :D

  10. I be trying out this simple recipe. Gosh! it is so simple. Why didnt I think of it? This recipe will save me lots of time and something different my baby can try out. Thanks!

  11. This is really great tip to all the moms that have a new babies, it was very helpful info. thanks for sharing your knowledge. Please keep posting an interesting article like this.

  12. I find most babies will eat squash. So your simple recipe is good, as it is far less expensive and has no preservatives in it.

    By the way, that much squash would never make it to the freezer, unless I baked two here.

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