The other day I posted pictures of my homemade baby food and thought I would go into a little more about how I make my own. I enjoy making it and I prefer my babies to have homemade baby food, but I do give them store bought baby food as well from time to time. I don’t always have access to fresh ripe fruits and vegetables so I will give them some. But both my boys have always seemed to enjoy homemade food better and I feel better knowing exactly what fruit or vegetables they are getting and not just some “mixed berries”.
When I first started making food for my now 3 year old I had a “Munchkin Fresh Baby Food Chopper & Steamer Green In Box” and it sucked. The chopper only cut thin paper and you couldn’t do more than a half of a sweet potato at a time. I froze it in glass baby food jars and just so you know, that’s a bad idea and they will break. So I changed to filling up ice trays, freezing, and putting them in a big ziplock. Well it gets freezer burn fast, so I could never make a lot at a time.
I finally just started to boil everything and then blend it to smooth and it’s so much better. I do want to get a good chopper, but it’s not that hard to just cut it up. I normally let everything boil for at least an hour depending on what it is and then let it cool in the water that it’s cooked in. Harder fruit and veggies I sometimes cook for an hour and a half to 2 hours, but once they break up easily you are good to go.
After it cools, I drain all the water off and start blending. I always like to let mine blend for a little extra, stir, and blend again just to make sure all the lumps are out. That’s really all it takes. I have had a couple things that came out a little too watery and I just added a little rice cereal to it and it was good to go. I have also made some things and my kids hated the taste, so I would just mix it with another veggie and they would go crazy. You may have to play a little, but it’s not as hard as it seems.
Now the other day I did try something new and I am changed forever. I have said that the jars didn’t work and the “ice cubes” were ok, but I have found something so much easier and I will never go back. BREAST MILK STORAGE BAGS! If you ever nursed you probably have storage bags. I bought some, had tons given to me, and had a lot sent to me as samples. So when I stopped nursing I still had a box full of them.
Well they have a new purpose now! Fill them bad boys up with baby food, lay them flat to freeze and then they can be stored easy in the door, and they can be thawed in less than a minute. They have measurements on the side (I do 4 oz) and the label is already there so it’s super easy. I would recommend buying a funnel so you don’t make a mess like I did trying to pour straight from the blender into the bags, but other than that it’s great. When you need some you just pull a bag out, turn on the hot water and fill a cup up with the hottest water you can get from the sink. Drop it down in there and you will have ready to go baby food in a minute!
Don’t be scared to try this. It’s easy, cheap, and you know what your baby is getting. That alone is enough for me.