Parsnips? What the what? I don’t know if I have ever had a parsnip or even heard of them! I am more of a middle of the road peas and corn kinda veggie girl, so yeah, parsnips aren’t on my radar! But now that I am making baby boy’s baby food, I wanted to be able to give him a wide variety of food, in the hopes (fingers crossed) that he will grow up to have no fear of new foods. Soooo enter the parsnip! Baby boy also seems to be eating a lot of orange/yellow veggies (squash, carrots, sweet potatoes), that I wanted to try a different color (weird I know). If you have been in the “cave of no parsnips” along with me, they are basically like a carrot in that they are a root veggie, but have a more radish-y taste. Let’s check it out shall we?
Pureeing Parsnips for baby food:
- Scrub & peel the parsnips. Before you get to this step, when at the grocery store pick out parsnips that don’t have many little hairs on them or growth on the top, much like picking out fresh carrots. At home, scrub and peel the parsnips, trying to get all of the skin off of it.
- Chop parsnips in small pieces. If steaming make sure to chop the parsnips pretty small so that they will cook all the way through. This makes for easier pureeing.
- Steam the parsnips. Because I didn’t chop them up small enough I actually had to do a couple steaming cycles so that the middle of the coin size pieces were cooked enough. So chop, chop, chop! Like I have said before…I love me some Beaba Babycook!
- Puree them up! After steaming add the left over water back into the puree to achieve a smooth consistency. I also had to add in some breast milk. Remember to add in FRESH breast milk and not thawed milk, if you are going to freeze the puree. I did not do this by mistake yesterday when making sweet potatoes, and grrrr…I had to dump it all! Click here for my homemade baby food safety tips.
- Freeze them. Scoop the puree into the handy dandy baby food freezer trays, and pop them in the freezer.
Sounds easy! The tricky part will be getting baby boy to LIKE parsnips! He did a lot of tongue moving, serious looks, and coughing when trying them for the first time. BUT it could take up to a couple weeks for a baby to accept a new food, so I will not give up! But honestly, if he doesn’t like them, fine, because they were a bit “ehhhhh” for me….! To keep you up to date (I know you don’t want to be in the dark!), check out my schedules page to see how much food we are giving him at each meal.
And new update: On our second attempt baby boy really liked the parsnips mixed with sweet potatotes…yummy!
Up next on the menu: Butternut Squash!