Now that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, what perfect baby food to blend for your baby than potato mash puree?!? Mashed potatoes are such a loved dish by everyone, so while you’re making your mashed potato dish for the family for Thanksgiving you can also prepare your baby’s.
HOW TO MAKE POTATO MASH PUREE
What Kind of Potatoes Should You Use to Make Potato Mash Puree for Your Baby?
Potatoes are easy for our stomachs to digest and are loaded with minerals and vitamins to help protect babies in their liver, gastrointestinal health and provides them with energy towards their movement and growth.
I love using 50/50 Russet potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes. Using a blend of both of the potatoes gives you the best of both worlds! The starchy Russet potatoes mixed with the buttery Yukon Golds is the perfect marriage!
When choosing your potatoes, always pick out ones that are firm and do not give when you squeeze them. A soft potato is an indication that the potato has gone bad, so avoid ones that are squishy when you touch them. Also, check for blemishes like cuts, nicks, bruises, dents, or any other open spots in the skin of the potato. Blemishes like these can lead to decay, as well as provide an environment for mold and bacteria to grow in the potato.
When buying potatoes, or any produce for your baby, I always recommend buying organic if it’s available. According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), “Children’s internal organs are still developing and maturing and their enzymatic, metabolic, and immune systems may provide less natural protection than those of an adult. There are ‘critical periods’ in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates. Children may be exposed to more certain pesticides because often they eat different foods than adults.” Organic foods are a smart choice for your little one because it protects their health from future illness and disease.
Wash and Peel the Potatoes
I always wash and scrub the potatoes first and then peel them after washing. This is because I don’t want to push any dirt, pesticides (non organic) or other unwanted contaminants that can be living on the outside of the potato with the peeler tool. After I peel them I do give them a quick little rinse too.
Potatoes should be peeled for babies that are younger than 8 months. Peeling the potatoes ensures that your baby’s stomach does not get upset because it is harder for younger babies to digest the peelings.
How to Cook the Potatoes
I love making this potato mash puree recipe because it doubles as a mash puree for my baby as well as a side dish for mommy and daddy;) I love steaming the potatoes, but you can also always bake/roast the potatoes as well. Try avoiding boiling the potatoes because this can reduce the amount of nutrients that the potatoes normally provide.
Steam the Potatoes
Chop the potatoes up into once inch cubes.
Next steam the potatoes by filling up a pot with water (leaving an inch below the steamer) and placing the steamer basket filled with the potatoes on top. Steam on the stove for about 40 minutes (or until tender) on med/low. Make sure that the water does not reach the bottom of the steamer basket or you will end up boiling it instead of steaming it!
Blend the Potatoes
Using my Blendtec (always blends my baby purees perfectly), I blend the potatoes until they’re a silky smooth puree, but I never over do it! Otherwise, your mash potatoes will come out sticky and gummy like. I like to add either breastmilk or formula to the mash potatoes to make them creamier for my daughter when eating. I do not select the smoothie blending option on my Blendtec for the mash potatoes like I do my other baby purees. Instead, I select the pulsing option to get the potato mash nice and smooth, but not gummy.
Freeze the Potatoes
When you make your baby purees; I always recommend making it in a large batch so you can easily heat up the frozen batches on another day. I love using these silicone trays because they are easy to remove the purees from and they freeze in small honeycomb shapes, which are much easier to defrost than the large square cubes that other companies offer and take longer to defrost.
Once the puree is frozen in the silicone trays, pop out the honeycomb ice cubes and store them in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag in the freezer.
Reheat the Potatoes
If frozen, warm the frozen potato puree in a microwaveable safe dish (I like to use the OXO Tot baby block glass container for heating up my baby’s food) in the microwave for 30 seconds (pausing half way to stir). At the moment I like to use 8 honeycomb cubes for my baby (about as much as she eats at the moment per feeding). Make sure the potato mash puree is not too warm/hot before feeding your baby! You can also reheat over the stove as well.
You can also combine other whole foods in your baby’s puree that you have previously frozen, for optimal flavor and nutrients. The following list is a general guide, so feel free to be adventurous and combine and build your own meals for your little one:)
Potato Mash Flavor Compatibility Guide
|Black Beans||Beets||Kidney Beans||Broccoli|
|Chard||Garbanzo Beans||Cannellini Beans||Green Beans|
|Northern Beans||Cauliflower||Pinto Beans||Spinach|
|Sweet Potatoes||Summer Squash||Split Peas||Turnips|
|Winter Squash||Sweet Peas||Cereal|
If you have read my post on the importance of probiotics for your child (linked here); you can sprinkle a little probiotics on top of your homemade baby food for added nutritious value.
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xoxo – Sage
Potato Mash Puree
Homemade Potato Mash Puree is so easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought varieties!
- 2 Russet Potatoes
- 3 Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Breastmilk or Formula
- Scrub, wash and peel the potatoes
- Chop the potatoes up into one inch cubes. Make sure to discard the skin (hard for babies under 8 months to digest the skin)
- Steam the potatoes on the stove for 20 minutes (or until tender) on med/low
- Add the potatoes to a blender and blend selecting the pulse option on the blender (you do not want to over blend the potatoes! Otherwise they will get a gummy/sticky consistency)
- Add either breastmilk or formula to the blender to get a silkier potato mash consistency. Add as much formula or breastmilk to your desired consistency
- Freeze excess potato mash puree in the freezer (I like to freeze my purees in these silicone trays)
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