Monday, February 23, 2015

Toddler Tuesday: Creating Fresh Baby Food

We welcomed Miss Adleigh into our world on September 9th and time has just flown by and now it's time for baby food!  I am by no means a health nut (far from it actually) but I try to abide by the rule that I won't feed anything to my children that I wouldn't eat myself.  Processed baby food is no exception!  We played a "Guess that Baby Food" game with jar baby food at my baby shower, and that stuff tastes awful!  If you don't believe me just try some for yourself!  I made all of Elijah's baby food and it really was so simple I knew I would do the same for Adleigh.  I also received tons of requests for info on how I did it with both Elijah and Adleigh, so I thought I would pen a quick blog post on the process and tools that I used.

First, I started with fresh food!  You can use organic if you wish, but that's not always an option at our store!  We hope to have a garden this summer!

I peeled and diced the carrots, then I placed them on this steamer basket thing I found at Wal-Mart.  I then placed the steamer basket over my pot and covered it with a lid.  The steamer basket doesn't quite fit my pot, but it still gets the job done!  Your pot needs to be filled about halfway full with water.  Watch to make sure the water doesn't evaporate out completely during the steaming process.   This happened to me during my second batch of carrots because I got preoccupied with the children and it ruined the whole batch, stunk up the whole house and almost ruined my pan!  If you don't have a way to steam your food you can totally just boil it!  I did that with all of Elijah's and I can't tell a huge difference in the quality of the food.

Check the food that is being steamed from time to time and remove it when it becomes fork tender.  Don't throw out the water that you used to steam the vegetables.  The next step can be done a variety of ways.  I had a Baby Bullet with Elijah and I loved it, but it has since suffered an untimely death.  I had an immersion blender on hand, so that is what I used.  You could also use a regular blender or food processor.  Whatever you have on hand will be fine!  Put all your food into a container or blender of your choice and begin blending.  

It will be really thick without any liquid added, which would be fine for older babies, but babies just starting out will need it thinned out a bit.  I used the water in which the vegetables were steamed in.  I came up a little short so I added in tap water as well.  You could also use breast milk or formula.  We don't use formula for the reason that I think it tastes just awful!  But if you and your baby like it, then go for it:)  Just keep adding liquid until its the consistency that you want.  Once it is to the consistency you want, then you can start dividing it up.  I keep about 3 days worth of food in the fridge and then I freeze the rest.  I used just regular ice cube trays with Elijah, but I have since found these that are specifically for baby food and I love that they have locking lids!  Had I not burned the second batch of carrots, this would have made a lot more!

After its frozen I pop it out into zip lock baggies for storage.  These are the sweet potatoes we made last week.

To some this may seem like a hassle, but I promise you it really is so easy!  You probably cook for the rest of your family, so why not baby too?  If you make just one batch a week and freeze, then you will have a ton stored in no time.  If you use the small cubes its really easy to mix and match flavors later.  Doesn't this sweet smile make it all worth it?

If I left anything out or you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!  Here is a list of some great supplies available on to get you started if you need them!

If you also make your little ones' baby food comment below with their favorite combo!  Both of my kiddos' favorite was sweet potatoes hands down!

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