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I've been making all of DS's food in the food processor, and I'm having a really fun time making different mashes, purees, etc. We buy all of his food from the local organic co-op, and I noticed that the cheaper foods are the ones that are in season. There is a nice sale on yams right now, but I know there's no way DS will eat several pounds of yams any time soon (and neither will DH or I, for that matter!). Would it be okay to buy some, slice it up, and store it in the freezer, raw? How long can I store raw veggies in the freezer? Are bananas okay to freeze?<br><br>
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I make several pounds of sweet potato "mush" at a time, freeze in ice cube trays, then pop the cubes out into freezer bags (you have to let the frozen trays sit on the counter for 5-ish minutes to loosen enough to pop out the cubes) and store that way. I think about 3 months is what is recommended to store food this way in the freezer. So, yes, you can take advantage of those yams in season and on sale--and I would! But I would prepare it first rather than freeze it raw. Then you just take cubes out as you need them, let them thaw in the fridge ahead of time (never thaw on the countertop--room temp thawing is not safe) or thaw/warm them on the stove for a quick meal. You can use a microwave, too, if you use one (personally, we avoid using the microwave).<br><br>
I do the same w/pears, apples, etc. I've heard you can do the same with bananas and avacados, but they will turn a funky color. Nothing wrong with them, they will just look different. I haven't done this with either because they mash so easily with a fork and need no other preparation....so, for me, it's just easy enough to prepare them as I need them.<br><br>
Many here are of the opinion that babies shouldn't be spoon fed purees, and while I do agree with this for the most part, I do feed my son mashes/purees--I always expected to do baby-led solids, waiting until he could eat small soft chunks himself--but as it ended up, my son has weight gain issues so we started solids around 6 months as a supplement to breastmilk (he is 7 mos old now and is predominantly breastfed--like I said, the solids were a supplement, not a replacement). He showed signs of readiness, so we went ahead and tried it. He loves to eat, and it has helped his weight more than formula supplementation so this is what we do. I also "supplement" his solids with probiotics and flax or coconut oil. Yummy!<br><br>
Sorry I rambled on so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> You probably didn't need all of that info, but I hope there is something that is of help to you...
 

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I freeze bananas all the time if I don't have time to make banana bread right away. They store for quite a while I believe. Obviously I wouldn't keep them in for like a year, but they should be okay I'd think for a month or two.
 
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