I keep reading that in order to have a successful blog, you need to offer something useful to your readers. What? My wit and charm aren’t enough for you people? It’s ok. Even I can only take so much of myself.
So, here is a little something useful for you. I must prelude with a very short story first. (I can’t help it!)
Here’s the deal: Annie isn’t much of a pooper. She has been going every two or three days for pretty much her whole life. It never bothered her and the pediatrician assured me that it is perfectly normal. I know, for a fact, that it would really bother me if I didn’t poop for three days, but whatevs.
When Annie started eating solids though, she really got backed up. One time, after eating almost an entire banana, she didn’t poop for like five days. The poor thing would grunt and groan all day without anything to show for it. I would even hear her in the middle of night trying to work it out. It was terrible.
There was only one solution: My Magic Prune Poop Elixer. This is a homemade baby food recipe that is sure to get some poo poo in that Pamper. Plus, it tastes good and they love it. The food, that is. Gross.
Save any talk of laxatives or stool softeners because we are au natural around these parts. I try to let nature do as much of the dirty work as possible.
Here is the recipe with lots of pictures for the cooking-impaired. This is really easy and I will be worried for you if I find out that you managed to screw it up. (Erin and Seanan- I’m talking to you.)
You will need:
- A saucepan. A small or medium size works best.
- A blender or food processor (I use a Braun hand blender- it’s really convenient)
- Ice cube trays
- 10-12 prunes
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Step 1: Place 10-12 prunes in a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with just enough water to cover the prunes.
Step 2: After you cover the prunes, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Step 3: Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer. (That is when there are tiny bubbles barely coming to the surface.)
Step 4: Let the prunes simmer until most of the liquid is gone. I don’t really know how long this takes. It doesn’t take that long. Just keep your eye on it okay?
The prunes are going to be swollen and look like this:
Step 5: Put the entire contents of the saucepan into your blender, food processor, or cup (like mine). By entire contents, I mean everything in the pan- the prunes and whatever liquid is left over.
Step 6: Blend away! Add water until you get your desired consistency. Prune puree has a tendency to be a bit sticky, so I keep adding water until the mixture is runny.
Helpful Tip #1: I recommend investing in one of these hand blenders. They are fabulous for making baby food and super easy to clean. I puree everything with it- fruits, veggies, and even meats mixed with breastmilk or water. I find it much easier than using a food processor.
Step 7: Once you achieved your desired consistency, pour the puree into ice cube trays.
Step 8: Cover and freeze the puree. You can thaw out the puree as you need it. I warm mine up in the microwave. I have these nifty ice cube trays that come with a cover, but you can also use plastic wrap to cover the top of the tray. You can also put the frozen puree cubes into plastic baggies. Whatever works best for you.
Helpful Tip #2: After you thaw out the puree, you will probably want to add some water to it. It’s thickens when you re-heat it.
Helpful Tip#3: The cubes are hard to get out. You have to pry them out with a sharp knife or a fork.
Helpful Tip#4: You can serve the puree plain or you can use it to jazz up rice cereal, oatmeal, or plain yogurt.
That’s it! See, wasn’t it easy? I knew you could do it! Now, get off the computer and actually do it. Your baby and their bowels will thank you for it.