Tuesday, 26 August 2008
When my son was born, I didn't really consider making my own baby food for him. I was trying to figure out the whole mothering thing and for some reason venturing into homemade baby food seemed like just one more thing I had to learn and figure out. This time around though, I decided to have a go at it and I am so glad that I did!
First of all, baby food is so expensive right now! It's gone up a decent amount since R was a baby, and that was only 3 years ago. So far I've made carrots, green beans, peas, pears, apples, bananas and peaches. I want to do sweet potatoes and squash yet, but haven't been able to do so. I can purchase a 5 lb bag of organic baby carrrots at Costco for about $6 or so and make enough carrots to last her for a few months.
I know there are different methods, but what I do is peel whatever produce I am using, cut it into smaller pieces. Steam until very tender, and then put in my food processor. If necessary, I'll add a little water to thin it out, but A actually likes it a little thicker, so for the most part I've been letting it as is. I've also been doing some other things, like purchasing large jars of natural (no sugar or added ingredients) applesauce if I'm low on the home made. I am getting low on peaches and pears and the next two weeks are quite busy for us - I was afraid I wouldn't have time to make more, but today I was at the store and bought 6 jars of canned peaches and 6 of canned pears. They were all natural and canned in 100% juice, with no sugar added. This afternoon I'm going to stick them in the food processor and within a few minutes I'll have plenty of peaches and pears. I prefer to use fresh, but this will work, too.
I've heard that a lot of people freeze the baby food in ice cube trays, but I've never done that. When I make baby food I make so much at a time, so I would have to have tons of ice cube trays to be able to freeze them that way. I went to my local grocery store and asked to purchase the plastic containers that they use at the deli counter. I purchased 1/2 pint containers for $0.10 a piece. I fill them about 3/4 of the way full and each container lasts A about 3-4 meals. I'll get a few containers out each week so she can have variety. It's been working really well.
Now that A is almost 7 months old, I want to start thinking about adding protein items to her diet in the next few months. I bought a little mini-food processor that I'll eventually start putting our table food in for her. I did that with my son - as he got older, I would put whatever we had for dinner in the processor for him.
Have you had success with making your own baby food? Any tips for adding meat and beans into her diet?