Make your own baby food


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When I was pregnant with my first son, I really, REALLY wanted to try making my own baby food. I can’t even tell you why, but it seemed fun and a great way to make sure he was eating good, quality food. Less processed. Natural. I was stoked to think of how this was going to go…I was to be the mom-baby-food-iron-chef-of-the-year. And then…I got talked out of it. By everyone. I didn’t know ONE single person that made their own food (more than one time). “It’s too expensive” or “It takes so much time.” The machines marketed to mommies and daddies (i.e. Baby Brezza, Baby Bullet, etc) ARE expensive and that’s just for the machine, and it doesn’t take into account the storage containers, tools, etc.

So I gave up.

After baby #2 was born, I was more convinced (again) that I wanted to do this. That I could do this. I didn’t have a fancy machine, but really…why does anyone need that? I have a Ninja food processor, and a immersion blender. (Love them both–they’re quick, easy, do a great job and really inexpensive.) That seemed well enough. So I only really lacked a storage system, or at minimum, a way to freeze said food before I stuck them in plastic baggies. I searched Amazon, which is my (dangerous) go-to for basically everything and found these food-grade silicon baby food storage containers, less than $20 for two trays (with lids!) that have 9 storage sections each. It was by far the best deal I found, and after using them a few times I’m really happy with my purchase. The food freezes easily and pops out quick.

(Honestly I write this and think what a moron I was for giving up so quickly the first go-around.)

The *BEST* thing is that I’m a lot more conscious about the benefits of organic & non-GMO foods, and this has been great when it comes to saving money. Typically, the organic baby food pouches/jars start about $1.29 or more each at Target where I usually shop. However for not much more (like $1.99 at Walmart grocery) I get a bag of frozen organic vegetables that I can puree into food and I get at least 4-6 servings (depending on how much he eats). Much better deal. Ready to get started? You’ll thank yourself later.

Ingredients:

1 bag of frozen/fresh organic vegetables of your choice
Organic herbs (if so desired)
Some sort of food processing tool

Directions:

Steam the veggies until very tender, reserving any water you used in the steaming process. If you have an immersion blender that came with a blending cup (like this one) fill it with the veggies and half way up with water (about 1/4-1/3 cup) from the steaming liquid. You can always add more water, so go easy at first.

Puree the veggies (& herbs if you want), adding water to thin out the mush until desired consistency. Make sure it is as smooth as possible if you’re making a stage 1 type food (for babies 4-6 months). When processed, separate into baby food storage containers evenly and freeze for 6 hours. Pop out and store in plastic baggies.

Some ideas for combinations:

  • Garbanzo bean, chicken & sweet potatoes with basil
  • Peas & dill
  • Mixed veggies with sage
  • Beets, strawberry and basil**
  • Kiwi, Strawberry & banana**
  • Peaches, pears & bananas

*Note: for infants that are first moving to food, it is recommended that you only feed ONE veggie or fruit at a time and wait 1-2 days in between introducing a new item to ensure no allergic reaction occurs. Great veggies to start with are carrots, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, squash, pears, plums, peaches. Avoid mixing any fruits/vegetables until around 6 months when you are sure there are not food allergies.
As your baby grows you can mix items and leave them increasingly chunkier to promote good eating.

As always, discuss with your pediatrician for when it is best to start your baby on solid food.

**Strawberries are not recommended for children under one year; use your best discretion.

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