Kumara is easily freezable in ice cube trays and can be heated gently for a quick meal for your baby.  Bake a few at once and you’ll have meals on hand for a couple of weeks.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

Place your kumara in a baking dish and put them in the oven.  Turn them every 15 minutes and check for readiness after 30 minutes by inserting a sharp knife.  If it easily goes into the centre of the kumara, they are ready to be taken out of the oven.

Thoroughly cool the kumara.

Split each one in two lengthwise.  Scoop out the centre of the kumara from the skin and discard the skins.

Mash until lumps are minimised or blend the kumara (add a little breast milk or water if necessary) and it is ready for serving to your baby on a small spoon, or for freezing in ice cube trays.  After 24 hours in the freezer, remove the cubes from the trays, and place them into ziplock-style bags ready to go back into the freezer.

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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