This is obviously over-done, but the dark brown is just on the skin.
The "meat" of the squash is fine.
It is almost impossible to screw this up.
The potatoes should be soft to the touch.
These were pretty small sweet potatoes, so they only took 45 minutes.
The larger ones would take a good hour to get soft enough.
And you want them super soft for blending purposes.
Once the food is cooked you can break out the tools.
Now . . . hear this . . . you do not need special tools to cook baby food, but in my humble, three children later, opinion these two things are really nice to have.
The magic bullet is basically a small blender, but it is super powerful and perfect for small amounts.
The ice trays are made of a silicone material, so the food comes out really easily.
You can get them on amazon.
I scooped all the "meat" out and into a bowl.
Then I threw that meat into the magic bullet.
I added some water to the mix.
I usually use the water the veggies were cooked in to get as many nutrients out of it as I can.
I also put quite a bit of water in the first batches I make, so the food will be easy to eat.
As the babies get older I will make it thicker and more "chunky" to help them transition into table food.
Once it is blended the way I like it I just dump it into the trays.
After I fill all the holes I just smooth it out with a spoon and make sure all the little crevices are filled.
Then I put the trays in the freezer for about a couple hours.
That one squash made 28 one ounce squares for my baby girl.
That is basically 28 meals for her because one of these is enough to fill her tummy when she first starts eating.
Once they are frozen I just transfer the blocks to a feezer-safe ziploc and warm one when I need it.
I will repeat the same process for the sweet potatoes.
The whole process for this amount of food takes about 3-4 hours (with cooking and freezing time included).
I could have made more, but I thought this was a good start.
I think I am going to make applesauce in the crockpot next.