Something that I always wanted to do when I became a Mother was make baby food for my little one. Now that my sweet Vivi is eating solids, I have plenty of opportunities. In fact, I have made almost 90% of all the food that she has ever eaten!
I love being able to do this for her and I like knowing exactly what is going into her precious little body. There is so many hormones and chemicals in the foods that we eat today and I just don’t want her tiny little body to have to process all of that junk!
The best part about making her food though is how cheap and easy it is to do! I work full time as a teacher, take care of Vivi, make dinner almost every night and still find time to make all of her food!
Want to know how easy it is?? Well let’s get started!!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
The first thing that you need to do is get together all of the supplies for the food that you want to make. For today’s post, I am going to show you how I make green beans, sweet peas, carrots and sweet potatoes. I buy the green beans and the sweet peas in the freezer section and I buy fresh carrots and sweet potatoes. You are also going to need all of the burners on your stove, your oven, a food processor, ice cube trays and a spatula.
Step 2: Prepare Your Ingredients
In three separate pots, I bring to a boil the green beans, the sweet peas and the carrots. The carrots have been peeled and cut up into chunks that will fit easily into the food processor. Once the water has reached a good boil, I reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 1 hour. The longer the vegetable boil, the more tender they will become. If your baby is able to chew, you make want to boil for less time so that the veggies are more like table food.
The sweet potatoes are cleaned with a potato brush and placed on a baking sheet. I then put them into my pre-heated oven on 350 degrees for about an hour. The bigger the potato, the longer it will need to cook.
Step 3: Puree All Day
Ok… so you are not literally going to puree all day, but I thought the saying was catchy… so let’s go with it!
I usually give my veggies time to cool before I begin to puree them in the food processor. It is easier to work with them when they are a cool and you are less likely to burn yourself! I usually cook the food one night and then place it in the fridge to cool down so that the next night I am easily able to puree it down.
The only thing that you have to do it fill your food processor with the food that you are trying to puree and hold down the puree button till you reach the consistency that you desire. As you can see from my pictures, I started with good size chunks of carrots and was able to puree them down to a mush-like consistency.
Step 4: Serving-Sized Storage
Once you have pureed your veggies down to the consistency that you desire, I find it best to store them in ice cube trays. This method makes freezing and storing super easy and it also helps to even your food out into equal portions. I also find that the size of the cube is perfect when starting out on solids. As baby grows and requires more food it is easy to just add another cube into their bowl.
I always freeze the food that I make because I don’t want to run the risk of it spoiling in the refrigerator. Once the food has frozen solid I just crack the cubes out of the tray and store the baby food cubes in labeled freezer bags.
Step 5: Dinner is Served
As you can see, the veggies freeze easily into the perfect sized cubes that easily pop out! I then just defrost the cube in the microwave and dinner is served!
And just look how happy all of this makes my sweet girl!!
Now I urge all you Momma’s to go out and try this!! If I can do it, you can do it!! It is so easy, so much better for your baby and you will save so much money!! I make all of Vivi’s fruits and veggies this way and she loves them all!!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! Also, if you already make your own baby food then let me know what works for you! Or share one of your baby’s favorite recipes! Either way, I love hearing from you all!