Making Baby Food

One of the gifts I received at the baby shower when I was pregnant with Juliana, was a small food mill designed for making baby food.  When I opened it, I laughed and said – apparently I am going to have time to make baby food.

Once Juliana was born and we neared the time for solid food, I started to look into making her food and realized that it wasn’t that difficult.  So for her first few months, she had the standard boxed baby cereal and I made her fruits and veggies.  Foods that I made in those early eating months included: acorn squash, applesauce, pears, sweet potatoes, apricots, peaches, plums, carrots, mangos, papayas.  And then the basic mush and feed – bananas and avocados.

I bought a kit that included a “cookbook” and covered ice cube trays for freezing the food.  Cookbook may be stretching it – the book give basic instructions and ideas for combinations.  I made notes in the book about when I first made a certain food and what Juliana liked and disliked.  Her favorite food as marked in the book was yogurt mixed with peaches.

I don’t think I will be making much of the food for the boys.  In some cases it isn’t cost-effective and some foods are more time consuming than others.  I will be making some of the easy stuff and that includes items I can buy frozen to start since those items are already prepped (frozen sliced peaches, peas, green beans).

This week I made sweet potatoes and it was as quick and easy as I remembered.  I spent $2.08 for the 3 sweet potatoes and made 32 oz of thick puree (about twice as thick as the Gerber first foods variety).  I prefer to make the food thicker to freeze and then add water after it is defrosted so I can serve it with less water as they get used to each new food.

Here are the simple steps:
1 – Peel sweet potatoes and chop into equal size chunks

2 – Add 2 TBs water, cover and microwave 10 minutes, let stand 5 mins.
3 – Dump into food processor, add 1/4 water and puree
4 – Spoon puree into ice cube trays

5 – Freeze overnight, transfer cubes from trays to freezer bag, and return to freezer

6 – Defost 1oz cubes as needed

Both babies love them!

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