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BabyFood 101

I know there are plenty of posts out there about making your own baby food, but I thought maybe there might be one, or two, of you who would like to know more.  When pregnant with Isabella, I never once thought that I would make my own baby food.  Why would I?  There was plenty of food on the shelf at the store for me to choose from.  

I got into organics before it was all the "rage." With that being said, there was VERY little organic baby food to choose from at that time.  And, the options I did have were "out of this world" expensive.  So, when I decided to make my own I tried to buy organic produce when it was on sale.  When that wasn't an option, I used organic frozen, which was cheaper.  When we had Liam, I used all fresh since we had a garden at that time and I had organic veggies right out my back door.  We also had a family that was gracious enough to offer some produce for us to use for this purpose.

This is how I do it:  
*I steam my produce one fruit/veggie at a time (butternut squash and sweet potatoes are the only thing I bake).  This allows me to multi-task by baking and steaming all at the same time.
*With fruit, I steam them with the skins on (apples, pears, peaches, etc.).
  Veggies, I do peel (zucchini, yellow squash and such) before steaming.  
*Once they are soft, I remove from heat and let them cool.  
*I then scoop out the fruit and put it in my food processor (this is the first time I have had a food processor.  i have always used my blender or little, electric food chopper.) and process until creamy. 
* If you need to add some liquid- use the liquid in the pot that you used to steam your produce.  It will have some nutrients from the produce in there.  


Then, I put scoops of the food into ice trays, cover with press-and-seal, and freeze.  When they are frozen, I put them in ziploc freezer bags, label, and throw them in the freezer.  


I pull them out as I need them.  I can make a fruit/veggie cocktail, or just stick with one type of food.  
This might seem like it takes a long time, but it does not.  I can make enough baby food in a few hours to last me a month, or more.  It all depends on how much your baby eats.  

I hope this helps!  I would love to hear if you make your own food, too!

xxLiz

  

8 comments:

  1. I love this idea. And, you thought of it while your little one was young enough to take advantage. I didn't think of it until my little ones were way past baby-stage. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am so glad I have done this... but, there are so many things that I look back and say, "Man! I wish I would have known that then." :)

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  2. Good to know!!!
    We are just starting food and I want to try and do our own!!!

    Do you thaw in fridge or microwave the food before eating?

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    1. i just thaw it on the counter. if i need it first thing in the morning, then i zap it in the microwave.

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  3. i felt the same way with my first - never thought i would make my own food but it turned out to be not only more economical, but really easy. plus you knew exactly what was going into your little one's food. i did the freezing in ice cube trays and i bought containers at babies r us. I would also vacuum seal them to keep them extra fresh. planning on doing it again for baby #2.

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    1. isn't it so easy?!? i don't have a vacuum sealer, but that would be nice.

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  4. Thank you so much for this post! It is really SO much easier than it would seem. Please come by and link up at “Pin it Again” Friday (http://wp.me/p2TL9t-16Q). It goes live today at 3:00 PST.

    Please Come on by to link up your SPECIFIC Pinterest Pin for this project and others can see it and pin it their pin boards. And, while you are here, stay awhile and pins others great ideas on your boards as well! Blessings!

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  5. Great tips - thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower - Alice x

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