Every time I go down to our "pantry" (a set of shelves in the middle of our basement), I look glumly at row upon row of baby food jars. When Gerber was switching to the plastic containers, Walmart cleared out the glass ones for something lovely like 20 cents each. The twins were babies, and one of the baby foods on the "do not make at home" list is carrots, and carrots are so vitamin-Ariffic, and long story short, I bought...100 jars? 200 jars? A LOT OF JARS.
I went through a most of them with the twins, of course, but I still had a bunch left over. I'd thought I could use them for Henry, but then he had his little issues and one of the foods we were supposed to avoid was carrots. So there the little jars sat.
Eventually it occurred to me to donate them to a food bank, but by then they'd expired. Expiration dates don't make me nervous with things like jarred carrots (I do a sniff test, that's all), but what was I going to DO with them?
Today, inspiration struck: MUFFINS. I made my favorite muffin recipe, using three small bananas that had reached the Emergency point, plus 2 (four-ounce) jars of carrot baby food. This was for a batch of 24 muffins. For the optional spices, I used 3 teaspoons of cinnamon, and for the optional chocolate chips I used nearly 2 cups of chocolate chunks. For the optional extract, I used 2 teaspoons of vanilla. I didn't put in any optional nuts/fruits.
They are YUM.
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