Butternut Squash

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Nutrients

The wonderfully shaped butternut squash is full of Vitamins A and C which are crucial for growth, development and important for keeping the immune system healthy. 

When to give to your baby

Butternut squash is a superb first weaning food for a baby. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure. 

How to select them and how to store them for your baby

When selecting sweet potatoes for homemade baby food, make sure to select the ones that are firm and no have any cracks, bruises and are without brown or soft spots. Can be kept up to 10 days in a cool, dark and dry area that is well ventilated; best kept loose (not in plastic bag). They do not need refrigerating. Once cooked, they can kept in the fridge for 2-3 days. Sweet potatoes also freeze well.

The perfect butternut squash

Wherever possible we like to use organic butternut squash, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. When the butternut squash is first picked, it has high moisture content that diminishes with time, therefore the heavier the butternut squash, the more moisture it has and also the most taste. The butternut squash should not have any mouldy spots and should have very few blemishes.Store the butternut squash in a cool dark place. It can be stored for as long as 3-4 months; however we recommend to buy your butternut squash when you are ready to use it. 

Best way to cook them for your baby
Cut into chunks, it steams in no time at all. Try it blended into a puree on its own, or added to other vegetables as your little one explores more flavours. Its also fabulous  roasted with a touch of olive oil and then forks nicely into a chunky puree for later on in the journey when you are ready to introduce more texture into their meals.

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