January 25, 2010
I’ve been using my days off to prep baby food for the week. Later this week we’re going to try squash so I went ahead and made it today. This was probably the most difficult baby food I’ve made so far, and it’s not even really difficult just more involved. I’ll post an update later this week on what the food critic aka the baby says!
Baby Food: Yellow Squash
5 small-medium yellow squash (washed thoroughly, ends cut off)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the squash in half lenghwise and place skin side up on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until a knife can easily pierce the squash. Allow to cool. Puree well in a food processor. The puree will have a grainy appearance. Next, place a mesh strainer over a bowl and spoon the pureed squash mixture into the strainer. With a rubber spatula press the squash through the strainer.
This is what will be left in the strainer
This is what’s in the bowl.
Freeze the squash in baby food freezer trays like I did here. 5 small-medium squash made about six 1 oz. servings after being strained.
Doesn’t look very appealing in this form, but hopefully Drew likes squash as much as his Mom does!
**Update** He liked the squash! Yay! I’m so glad he’s such a good eater.
January 19, 2010
Drew is moving on to more new foods. So far he has tried carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, pumpkin, and green beans. He loves them all except for the sweet peas. He was NOT a fan according to his teacher at daycare. So we’ll just have to go back to those later. I’m really glad he is trying all these new foods and liking them. As much as I love to cook, my worst nightmare is having a child that is a picky eater. I already have a husband that is! For the pumpkin, I pretty much just used canned pumpkin and mixed in it in his cereal. I froze the rest in my baby food freezer trays just like I did here.
You can see he ate it up!
For the green beans, I used frozen green beans and steamed them until they were tender. Then I pureed them in my food processor making sure to puree them well. Then I also froze them in the trays and stored them in freezer bags as I’ve done with his other foods.
One 16 oz bag makes about 14-16 1 oz servings.
I have found it to be so easy to make Drew’s food so far and it costs so much less than buying pre-packaged baby food. For instance on the green beans, I got the bag of frozen beans on sale for $1.00 and it made about 14 servings. One container of pre-packaged baby food green beans at the store is around $1.25! Granted, Drew is only eating about 1 oz of food mixed in with his cereal right now, but still the savings are huge. When I first decided to make his food I was a little nervous. Afterall, this is my first child and I really didn’t know what foods to start him off on. So while in the grocery store, I stopped by the baby food aisle and looked at the 1st foods to see what types there were. I also read a lot of articles online about making baby food as well as other blogs. So if you’re thinking about doing this too, don’t be afraid. It really is so easy and doesn’t take much time at all. Just spend a little time on the weekends preparing the food and then pull it out of the freezer during the week. Plus you’ll save a ton of money and you’ll know exactly what’s in your baby’s food.
January 4, 2010
I’ve been gone a while, I know! To be honest, I didn’t have much time to bake over the Christmas holidays because we were so busy traveling. I did bake a little, but it was mostly things I already have in my blog. And while I’ve been gone my baby turned 6 months old!! It’s so hard to believe. He’s been eating cereal for a couple months now and finally is getting the hang of it I think. So I decided it was time to start him on some solid foods. I’ve always wanted to make my own baby food, one because it’s cheaper and two, it really seems easy to do. So I decided that I would start off with carrots. I’ve read not to start off with fruits because babies will tend to prefer sweeter foods more than veggies, but I didn’t want to start off with green foods either. So I thought carrots would be a happy medium. It’s pretty self explanatory how to do this but here are the steps.
Baby Food: Carrots
4 large carrots, peeled, washed, and cut up into small pieces
Steam until tender. Allow to cool.
Puree in a food processor until very smooth. Scrape down the sides to make sure you get all the carrots pureed.
Spoon the pureed carrots into ice cube trays and cover with foil. You can also use these baby food freezer trays. Place in the freezer.
Once frozen, pop the cubes out of the trays and store in freezer bags. Be sure to label them with what’s in the bag and when you made it.
4 large carrots made about 6-7 one oz. servings.
I will probably make more next time, but I wasn’t sure how much it would make. You can thaw the frozen cubes in the fridge overnight and thin with water or cereal/formula/breastmilk combo if needed.
And the result of my first baby food making attempt??
He ate them! He doesn’t look very happy in this picture, but he really did seem to like them. He kept opening his mouth for more every time I would show him the spoon. After a few days of trying carrots, we’ll move on to the sweet potatoes. Everything I’ve read says you should wait a few days in between trying new foods in case one particular food causes an allergic reaction. Something else I learned is that I should probably take his clothes off before feeding him and maybe wear a raincoat! It was so messy and we had carrots on his clothes, the table, and me!
Baby Food: Sweet Potatoes
Thoroughly wash 3 medium sized sweet potatoes. Poke holes all over each potato with a fork. Wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450 for 1 hour-1 hour 15 min. They should be fork tender. Allow to cool. Remove the skins from the sweet potaotes and discard. Place the potatoes in a food processor and puree until very smooth. Spoon into freezer trays. Once frozen, pop the cubes out of the trays and store in labeled freezer bags.
3 medium sweet potatoes made 12 one oz. servings.