Aug 27, 2007

Baby Food: Slow Cooker Prunes

Sometimes baby needs a little help in the pooping department. This should do the trick.

Slow Cooker Prunes
Makes approximately 3 cups or 28 1-oz. cubes

1 lb. (organic) pitted prunes
6 cups water

1. Combine prunes and water in slow cooker. Cook for 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high. Turn off heat and let cool completely (I transfer the crock to the fridge for maximum food safety).

2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the prunes to a food mill and run the prunes through the mill. Alternatively, transfer the prunes to a food processor and process until smooth (if you use this method, make sure there are no pit remnants before you cook the prunes).

3. Optional: for younger babies or if you want the smoothest puree, process the prune puree in a blender.

4. Divide the puree into ice cube trays and freeze. Don't forget to label with date and contents.

Note: Prune puree will not completely harden but will keep for 1 to 3 months in the freezer. Try serving with pureed pears, peaches, or bananas.

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