Hi everyone! Have you ever noticed how expensive baby food is in the grocery store? Not to mention it never tastes like real food. Well that's because it is really watered down and pretty much liquefied. I started making my own baby food when Charlie started on solids around 4 months old. I was nervous about the process being overwhelming and a lot of work but honestly - it isn't! Take a minute to read through this post to see what I mean and give your baby a good foundation for their taste palette. Not only is it better for them and saves you money but giving them foods that taste like real food just might prevent them from becoming, dare I say it....picky eaters!
The process is so simple! See how I turned this....
It's a quick 4 step process that I do once a month in one afternoon. First, select your fruits and veggies then wash and peel the ones that need peeling. This is up to your judgement. For example; I don't peel the apples because there are a lot of nutrients in the skin.
Second, steam the fruits and veggies. I do them all separately and put fresh water in for each one. To steam them you will want to get yourself one of these fancy steamers which are relatively inexpensive. Fill the water to the bottom of it, place on burner and bring to a boil. Check regularly with a fork. They will be ready when you can easily press the fork into the foods. Be sure to watch the water level too since some foods (like sweet potatoes and carrots) take longer and require a refill on the water.
Your windows just might get fogged up if it's in the single digits like it was at my house when I made this batch. :)
Third, place the steamed product into your blender or food processor and run. Occasionally I will add some tap water if the mixture is too thick.
Finally, once it is pureed to your liking simply fill ice trays and freeze. Once frozen remove and stick into ziploc bags.
There you have it. :) See....wasn't that easy? I hope you enjoyed this little lesson on baby food making 101 and give it a try.
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