Homemade Baby Food

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I love to cook.  For me, it makes sense to make our own baby food.  I can spend $.75 on a sweet potato and get ten meals out of it.  So it just makes sense because I have the time.  And the enjoyment.  And now, I have a helper!  When I made baby food for Becca, it was just me… but this time around, she is happy to help!

Remember that if your foods need to be cooked, the BEST way to cook them is to steam them, because if you boil or blanche, you’re going to lose many of the nutrients right out into the water.  So, if you don’t have a steamer, this is the one I highly recommend – Black & Decker Food Steamer.  I’ve had mine over six years now, and it’s no where near ready to die.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times this thing has been used.  It’s like the Energizer bunny.  Totally worth every penny – b/c you’ll use it on FAR MORE than just baby food!

 

So far all we’ve made is bananas (super easy – just put in a ziploc bag and let your toddler go to town mashing!) and zucchini.  If you’ll chop the zucchini into large chunks and steam for 25 mins, it’s super easy to puree with an immersion blender.  Don’t have one?  This is the one I have, and it’s awesome.

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mashing bananas

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mashing the zucchini before I pureed it

I’m not one to use many of the traditional storage methods… I simply let it cool and put it in old pickle jars, and once the jar has totally cooled in the fridge, I move to the freezer.  I also have this Squeeze Station that I have used for a few things and it’s fabulous!  I’m sure once Grayson is more self-feeding, I’ll make lots of pouches.  What I like most about it is that the pouches are NOT reusable.  I know that each time I fill a pouch, it is 100% clean and sanitized.  That’s super important for me.

Pics of storage and recipes coming soon

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