Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Homemade Baby Food

I'm so proud of myself! When I had Emma I swore that I was going to make her baby food - yeah right!! If someone wanted to work for me or do laundry or cook dinner or bathe babies or...well, you get the idea - I never found/made the time. After everything else was done it was worth my time to just buy baby food. And honestly it isn't terribly expensive (until you add it all up - Ha!) and it's sooo convenient - until you're out of it one night & don't want to go to the grocery store of course!

Well, when I had Aaron I again swore that I was going to make baby food for him and until last night the story for Aaron was the same as Emma! I made homemade baby food last night for my little man!!! Remember the drink blender Michael bought me...well, we use it every night to make smoothies so it's almost always out on the counter. So, last night I was cooking dinner and after I steamed our veggies I set a bowl of them aside prior to seasoning them. Then after I finished cooking I put the veggies into the mixer and voila - baby food!! I did add about a tablespoon of water b/c it got thick, but otherwise it was perfect & Aaron loved it! And it was so quick and easy - why in the world did I ever think before that I didn't have time for this??

This mixer is perfect for it, too. I always cook a vegetable side anyway, so I'll just put a little to the side for Aaron each night now - and I'm going to try it with starches, too. I bought a jar of mac 'n cheese for him so I thought I'd try that, too and we always have a ton of fruit on hand - he'll love that!! I'm not sure about the meat, though. I might Google that & see about meat recipes for baby food.

I don't plan on making so much at a time that I need to freeze it, but if I do I'll just use ice trays or I have these perfect little plastic containers that are about 2 ounces I think that will work great. I figured I could either just make a little for him each night out of what we're already eating or on Sunday evenings make up a big container of fruit and another of veggies for the week - maybe a helping of pasta and chicken or something...then I can just keep that in the fridge for about three days (that's the shelf life of store bought baby food once it has been opened). I could take those to the baby sitter & just make Aaron a fresh serving each night while I'm cooking dinner.

So...do you make homemade baby food??? Got any secrets for me??? Tips?? I'd love to hear!!

2 comments:

  1. hey, i don't have a baby, so i'm really not allowed to talk about this haha... but my neighbor has a ten month old... i roasted a pumpkin and pureed it for recipes, but of course not before trying my hand at baby food making. i have also said that when the time comes, i'm making my baby food.

    check out brodyfrancis.blogspot.com, my friend jennifer made her own, at least when she was pregnant with her first. i don't know how much she blogged about it, but it's worth a look. for the record, my neighbors baby liked the pumpkin mixed with applesauce. i hear that after eight months or so you can begin using non-salt spices, so i suggested nutmeg or cinnamon to make the pumpkin better. and her daughter LIKED it! i felt so accomplished as a soon to be mom.

    anyway this comment is way to long. all that to say basically: good job. try pumpkin. ask jennifer.

    and i'm following!

    :)

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  2. I am your newest follower! I found you on bloggymoms. I'm a Texan too! I thought it would be fun to follow and keep up with other Texas women. So neat that you are making homemade baby food. good for you and your precious baby. i just started a blog all about getting whole food into my baby and 2 other sweet girls. We are having so much fun eating healthy and changing our lifestyle for the better. Check it out if you get a chance natalielovins.blogspot.com Thanks!

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