When my kids were babies, I hated spending money on baby food that they didn’t particularly like anyway. I thought it smelled gross and how healthy can food from a jar like that REALLY be any way? I started making my own baby food and what what? I saved SO much money! If you are making the food your baby eats, then you know exactly what is in it.
It is so much easier than you think!
What you need:
A blender, food processor or something like a Magic Bullet (I loved my Magic Bullet knock off to make baby food)
Ice Cube Trays
Freezer proof plastic containers or Ziploc Freezer Bags
Food you would like to use (fruits, veggies, etc.)
What works best?
You can really use any food you’d like to create the baby food. Try different fruits and veggies, or a combo. You can use apples, pears, squash, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, most anything you would eat yourself.
So how do I do it?
- First make sure to wash the fruits and veggies well. Make sure to get any dirt/soil/germs from them prior to using them.
- You will then need to either steam or boil them until they are mushy. You can’t mash a fresh pear very easily. If you can steam them, they lock int he nutrients better than boiling. Cook them until it is easy to poke with a fork.
- Place the cooked food in your blender/processor/Magic Bullet. Puree until the food is smooth to the stage your child is eating at. Remember, first foods should be thinner (you can add a little water if need be) and as your baby gets older the food can be a little chunkier.
- Spoon the food into your ice cube trays and place in the freezer for several hours.
- After they have fully frozen, you can pop them out of the tray and into your plastic container or bag. I always used a Ziploc bag.
- When it is time for your baby to eat, simply pop out the number of cubes you need and defrost. Each cube should be about 2oz of baby food, if that helps to keep track!