Saturday, March 5, 2011

Homemade Baby Food

Now that I'm done playing catchup, hopefully I can keep on top of my blogging and throw in a couple of random posts as well!

Everyone said that I was crazy to make baby food and why waste my time when I could just buy it.  I know that store bought baby food is not bad for him and I know that making his baby food is not going to make me a better mommy than anyone else.  But I enjoy it, it's easy to make, it's cheaper, and it's the real deal.  I don't add anything but water and/or formula to his food.  When I first started looking into making my own baby food I came across alot of recommendations online for  This site is amazing.  It breaks down what foods are appropriate by stages and age, it tells you what to look for in case of allergies, and of course it gives you the recipes.
So far I have made: carrots, sweet peas, green beans, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, bananas, & pears. 
Drake liked: carrots, sweet peas, squash, sweet potatoes, & apples
Drake did not liek: green beans, bananas, & pears tells you the best way to cook the veggies and fruits.  Most of them can be steamed/boiled on the stove top or in the microwave.  There are a couple that are baked.  I make adjustments to the receipe process as I find what works better for me. 

When making baby food these are the items use every time:
plastic bowl
After I steam, boil, or bake the veggie or fruit I put it in a small plastic bowl to mash it before blending it

I mash the veggie or fruit with a fork while it's in bowl.  This makes it easier to blend because there wont be any big pieces of food.
tall plastic cup
I put the mashed up food in a tall plastic cup.  I've used just the bowl before but I end up making such a mess using the immersion blender. 

immersion blender
I LOVE using the immersion blender when making baby food.  It's by the simplest thing I've used yet.  My 1st go around with baby food was not a success.  I tried using my food processor and it was a disaster.  The immersion blender lets you manually blend the parts that may need more blending

 munchkin food storage containers
The storage containers was something that I researched alot.  I read reviews on every container that I could find.  The munchkin containers are great because they have strew on lids instead of the pop top lids that I've 'read' open when they are freezing.  The only thing I do not like about these containers is that I can only get them at 2 stores around me - Bentonville walmart and Rogers target.

My first attempt at baby food = FAIL

 My second attempt at baby food = SUCCESS

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