- As much fresh butternut squash as desired
- Breast milk, formula milk, or water
1Now, let’s prepare the butternut squash first. Rinse the butternut squash and scrub using veggie brush to remove dirt. Rinse again and dry using clean cloth. If you buy the pre peeled butternut squash, place them in a colander and rinse under flowing water.
Now, we are going to cook the butternut squash.
2For whole butternut squash: Leave the skin on and cut the butternut squash in lengthwise into two similar pieces. Scoop the seeds using spoon and set aside. Take a medium baking dish and layer it with olive oil. Place the butternut squash on the dish and transfer to the oven. Bake the butternut squash over 400° Fahrenheit until it is soft for around 30 minutes. When it is soft enough so you can scoop the meat using spoon, it is good. Add another 5 minutes of baking if it is still firm somehow. Remove the butternut squash from heat and scoop the meat. Place the meat into a bowl and let it cool for a while.
3For peeled and cut butternut squash: In alternative to baking it, you can also boil the butternut squash. While washing it, use a medium saucepan and add water in it. Boil water over medium heat. Peel the skin and scoop the seeds using spoon. Cut the butternut squash into small chunks and add the chunks into the boiling water. Cook for around 15 minutes. When it is fork soft, remove from heat and drain. Rinse using cold water to stop the cooking process.
4Add the butternut squash into a food processor or blender and process until it is smooth. Gradually add breast milk, formula, or water during the process to get the expected consistency. Don’t add too much of it to prevent the puree from getting too watery. Transfer the puree into a feeding bowl and it is ready to serve.
- Tips to choose the right butternut squash.Look for butternut squash that has no bruises, soft spots, or cracks in it. It needs to be firm as well. If you buy the pre peeled one, make sure to use only orange chunks for the puree. Deeper orange usually indicates sweeter, riper, and better butternut squash. The peak growing season for butternut squash is from early fall to winter.
- When your baby is ready with combined puree, you can add more ingredients in the butternut squash puree. It is good to go with pork, turkey, chicken, beef, lentils, rice, peaches, applesauce, pear, carrots, parsnip, and a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon.
- When your baby is ready for finger foods, you can skip the food processor phase and cut the cooked butternut squash to small sizes. Make sure it is easir for your baby to grab and eat. The cut pieces don’t have to be too small.