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!