Green beans can be a great first-stage solid food for babies. The tasty green vegetable is packed full of vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, iron, and calcium. Green beans also rarely cause allergic reactions, making them a great food to introduce to babies as young as six months old.
Selecting Green Beans for Baby
Before we get into how to make green beans baby food, let's start with how to pick out green beans at the grocery store. If you can, choose organic green beans. They will have fewer chemicals and toxic pesticides that don't always come off with rinsing.
To make sure they are fresh, look for green beans that are bright green. They shouldn't have any brown discoloration or bruising that causes squishy spots. Finally, be sure to conduct the snap test. A delicious, fresh green bean will be so crisp that it easily snaps in half.
Outside of summer it may be difficult to find fresh green beans. Don't be afraid to buy them frozen — we won't judge.
Preparing Green Beans for Baby Food
- Once you have your green beans home, start by thoroughly rinsing them in a strainer with cold water.
- Break or cut off the pointy ends of each green bean.
- Steam green beans in a microwave, steamer, or on a stovetop.
How to Store Green Bean Baby Food
After you have blended your green beans into a tasty, nutritious baby food, you can save even more time by separating it out into small containers and storing it in the fridge or freezer. Your green bean baby food will still be good to eat after 3 days in the fridge, and 3 months in the freezer.
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