Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baby Food: You can make it too!

Two years ago when Carson was about to begin eating "solid" foods I went to the book store to look for a book on making my own baby food. Mind you I am not a cook, whatsoever! I have a fabulous husband (dad of 2 Giggle Boxes) who plans our meals out each week and does the grocery shopping. He is a saint, I know. We would be eating frozen dinners every night if it was up to me. Anyway, I thought I would take on this task. I came upon the section in the store with books about making baby food, but WOW was I overwhelmed by the number of books! There was another mother there who recommended "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron. It is 560 pages of oodles of information. It has everything from choosing foods, preparing foods, making and storing foods, recipes, to health/safety tips and even fun activities you can do with your kids. So I bought it and gave it a whirl! It was super easy to follow. The book is broken down by feeding your baby at 6,7,8, etc. months, what foods are good for each month, how to choose, clean, make and store each type of food.

Now two years later I am at it again with Clara. Many people would ask me if it is a pain in the rear end and assume that it takes hours of labor in the kitchen, but it doesn't! What I do is buy several different kinds of fruits and veggies and make an afternoon of it. Many of them last up to several months in the freezer. When your baby is hungry you pop a cube or two into the microwave and serve!

I of course consulted our pediatrician before I began making any baby food!

What you need: fruits, veggies, ice cube trays, food processor, oven/microwave/steamer
The process in a nutshell:
-Clean and Prepare
-Steam, microwave or bake fruits/veggies
-Put in a food processor
-Put in ice cube trays, cover and place in freezer
-After they are frozen pop them into a freezer bag
-Mark the freezer bag with the date made and the expiration date (most last 2-3 months in the freezer and a few days in the refrigerator).
-Pop in microwave and serve!

If you have a little one you should try it! I think it's a great way to introduce a baby's first foods and offers much more of a variety than store bought baby food.

Here are some pictures of more food and Clara enjoying it!
Sweet Potatoes

Bananas...so easy! Just peel and puree!


Mix it with a little yogurt...

And enjoy!
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