Slow Cooker Squash
I believe any squash can be used, but Sweet Dumpling, the size of Acorn, is one of our favorites because of the flavor. It's also great for making baby food because it's such a fast and easy prep.
With a sharp knife, carefully poke holes on opposing sides of the squash. Microwave for one minute. Check for softness and microwave an additional minute. Repeat with second squash.
Cut the squash in half and seed it. Place the squash halves cut-side up in a slow cooker. Cook on high about 1 1/2 hours. (Course this week I wasn't paying attention, and I can tell you it takes about 4 hours if you accidentally select "Low.")
Cool the squash by removing the lid and fluffing the flesh with a fork. Your baby may be at a stage where straining the squash is necessary
Mash the squash into the different chambers of an ice cube tray and freeze. When the squash is frozen, move squash cubes to a freezer-safe container or plastic bag. (We have silicone ice cube trays in exact square shapes. They may be slightly smaller than traditional ice cube trays.
Slow Cooker Apples
Halve, core, and peel 5 apples. Slice each half into thirds. Put in a slow cooker (I recommend without water. You may want to add a Tablespoon to keep the apples from sticking.)
Cook on low for 3 hours. (At this point, you may need to strain the apples depending on the stage your child is in.) Cool and fill ice cube trays.
When the apple cubes are frozen, move them to freezer-safe containers or plastic bags.
Plum Baby Food
Halve, core, and peel fresh ripe plums.
Puree food in a food processor. (Remember, your child may be at the stage where strained food is required. You can do that here, too.)
Fill ice cube trays and freeze.
When the plum cubes are frozen, move them to freezer-safe containers or plastic bags.