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My husband’s grandparents gave us a bunch of pears they grew so I made a month’s supply for McKenna (6 months) this week. As I was doing so, I noticed in Super Baby Food that pears are good in the freezer for one year (as baby food cubes)!

If you have room in your freezer, you should go out and buy a whole bunch of pears and make baby food out of it. Pears are a great price right now (at least where I live) and are in season. They taste better and are cheaper than they will be 6 months from now. And they will still be good in your freezer ONE YEAR from now! Wow. Just thought I would share.


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  1. Kindler Family
    September 25, 2009 / 10:28 PM

    Hi my name is Sara and I love your blog! I have found so many things useful and look forward to each new post. I also make my baby food. I have just started my son on food. We have done sweet potatoes and I tried pears today. However with the pears the consistency was not as smooth. I tried adding water to help but it was still a little chunky. He also didn't care for them too much. Any suggestions???? Thanks!

  2. Rachel
    September 25, 2009 / 10:59 PM

    Timely post! I just made pears today! I had no idea they could be kept in the freezer for that long- thanks for the info!

  3. TeamOSM
    September 26, 2009 / 12:37 AM

    You probably already mentioned this somewhere, but what are you freezing in? Those ice cube trays with lids?

  4. Aprile
    September 26, 2009 / 1:49 AM

    Every parent should own a copy of Super Baby Food. The "Specific Fruits and Vegtables" appendix alone makes it worth every penny! I will not, however, be making my own yogurt any time soon. That section in the book cracked me up. Who grows their own yogurt bacteria?! I guess Mrs. Yaron does! :)I've been waiting for my pears to ripen. (There was a comment about chunky pears – the riper they are, the smoother the puree will be.) I'll be pureeing and freezing tomorrow. (I freeze in ice cube trays with lids and then transfer to freezer bags.)

  5. Redheads
    September 26, 2009 / 11:40 AM

    Whoo hoo! Gonna go get pears this weekend!!! Thanks! My DD loves, loves, loves pears. I have been serving the the commercial baby food kind. The Super Baby Food book is so awesome. I am going to make some black eyed peas for my baby this weekend too. Amy

  6. MarthaStuart
    September 27, 2009 / 12:55 AM

    I freeze my baby food in ice cube trays and then transfer to freezer bags/containers.I just fed the pears (and any fruit/veg) to my son with a little bit of texture. Also, later I just mashed them instead of using the puree. I love the Super Baby Food book and especially the extra information in the back. I agree though that making my own yogurt seems a bit more than I will attempt. 🙂

  7. Sarah
    September 28, 2009 / 8:05 AM

    Oooh, thanks! 😀 I have a 3 mo old and I think that's a GREAT idea for when she starts solids! Woohoo!

  8. Ben and Jenny
    September 29, 2009 / 6:41 PM

    I have been making my own yogurt for over a year. We use the Salton ym9 yogurt maker and it's very easy and tasty. I make a quart every other day. My whole family eats it! I paid around $25 on Amazon, but it looks like the price must be mislabeled right now?? There are great tips under the reviews–it takes some experimenting to get it "just right". I remember thinking when I read SBF that the yogurt-making method sounded too difficult.

  9. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:10 PM

    Kindler (Sarah), What I do is use the kidco food mill (linked in a post that will come out tomorrow). I then use a little food processor, add water, and puree it up. Then when you freeze it, it seems to make it a bit more watery than when it is fresh. I am glad you like the site!

  10. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:10 PM

    You are welcome Rachel. Isn't that awesome! A year!

  11. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:11 PM

    TeamOSM, I am just using normal ice cube trays and cover them with wax paper or cling wrap. I was going to buy the trays with covers, but after asking around, the consensus was to use normal ice cube trays. Then I move them to a freezer bag.

  12. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:12 PM

    I agree Aprile, I use that appendix all the time. I actually wrote that in my post that is publishing tomorrow 🙂 Good point about them being ripe. If you use a food mill, the unripe pears will not come through.

  13. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:13 PM

    Amy, how did the black eyed peas go? I have to be honest, that sounds gross to me 🙂 McKenna absolutely loves pears too. I do too. A ripe pear is better than candy!

  14. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:15 PM

    MarthaStuart, I do the same with the freezer trays and bags. Yogurt sounds overwhelming to me, too, but my kids go through so much, it would be nice to perfect!

  15. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:15 PM

    Isn't that great, Sarah? I wish I had my new freezer at the time. Then it would be full of pears 🙂

  16. Plowmanators
    October 15, 2009 / 10:17 PM

    Ben and Jenny, thanks for that info! I would love to try it…it is funny, this couple that lives close to me makes their own yogurt. One day, the husband was telling DH and me how easy it is. A few weeks later, his wife commented at a church function how it was very hard to get just right and she hadn't been able to perfect it yet 🙂

  17. Dori
    October 16, 2009 / 6:39 PM

    Another great book for making baby food is Blender Baby Food. Starts with simple single ingredient recipes and goes through all the stages. It does say to boil a lot of stuff, but I prefer to steam or bake b/c that way more of the nutrients stay in the food.

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