Monday, November 30, 2009

Beans, Beans, the Magical...

... No, not that kind of beans... yet.  Green beans!  These are super easy, but they're very... green tasting and my kids don't like them much so I mix a couple bean cubes with a pea cube and it goes a long way to making them tastier. (I'm not much of a bean fan myself, actually.)  I don't strain these because, again, my kids like their foods more texturey and the straining step is necessary for peas because the hulls actually make them super gassy.  To my knowledge, that is not the case with beans.  So here we go:

Step 1: Steam (or blanche) frozen green beans just until tender and no longer frozen.

They should have a lovely bright green color and have a good snap to them.

Step 2: Add to blender and blend.  You probably won't need any additional water, but if you do, make sure you've reserved that cooking water and use that instead of regular tap water.

This is how much a regular bag of frozen green beans will make once pureed.

Step 3: Spoon into trays and freeze!  Done!   Yay!  If you want to strain, feel free, but you will lose some volume.  If you want to make them super smooth, I'd go ahead and strain, then re-blend them.  But I don't. 

4 comments:

Kate said...

I was always too lazy to prepare my own baby food. Looking at these posts I wish I had. You make it look so easy.

I thought of you yesterday morning as I proudly walked around the block with my dog, sporting makeup from the night before.

Melis said...

Kate, have I confessed my love for you yet?

The (Un)Experienced Mom said...

Add it to the list of veggies I am going to puree soon.....very soon....I promise!

Arizona Mamma said...

I never strained mine either. Thank you SO much for the award. I haven't had many, so the luster has not worn off for me!

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