Recently I’ve learned how to make homemade baby food. Why? Well, it’s much cheaper than store-bought baby food, and it can be much healthier for baby too!
I looked all over the internet for recipes to make, but for some reason I have had a hard time finding anything. (If you have any good recipes, please share them with me!) I have to say that I am very proud of how what I made came out. Plus, baby loves it! And it was a lot easier than I initially thought it would be, and a thousand times more rewarding than popping the lid off a can that was filled who knows when!
I was blessed with a baby food processor for a shower gift when my (first) daughter was born, but I only used it once or twice with her. I decided to give it a real shot this time around with my son. I’m so glad I did!
So, here is the simple way I make homemade baby food:
1. I got together the food I was going to prepare:
Apples, Bananas, Frozen Strawberries (test for allergies first!), Frozen Blueberries, Mango, Squash, Carrots, Frozen Peas, Frozen Corn, Frozen Broccoli Florets, Frozen Green Beans
2. First I washed all of the fresh fruit/veggies. I peeled the skin off what needed to be peeled. Cut up what needed to be cut. Then I just steamed the fresh fruits and veggies (all together), boiled the frozen veggies as directed, and thawed the frozen fruits.
3. When everything was tender and cooled, I added each item to the food processor as I wanted them (mixed or plain), and added a little purified water. A little mixing and it’s done!
4. Next, I filled my ice cube trays with the different foods, and froze them. Once they were frozen I separated the fruits from the veggies and put them into little freezer bags. I then wrote the contents and dates on each bag before sticking them in the freezer.
**Here is a little tip I learned the hard way… see the empty ice cube sections?? That’s where I broke the tray trying to get the frozen food cube out with a butter knife. My suggestion, buy a good quality baby food freezer tray. I had a hard time getting the frozen cubes out of mine, and ended up cracking a bunch!
This is what I made:
Mixed Veggies (squash, broccoli, carrots)
Bananas (I added a little 100% OJ)
Apple Strawberry Blueberry
These came out great, and baby Titus gobbled them down! I was so proud of myself, and glad that he enjoyed the fruits of my labor!
Next I tried to make chicken. I cooked a plain piece of boneless, skinless chicken breast in the crockpot until tender. Once it was cooled I put pieces into the food processor and added a little water. It blended up nicely. I sat down to feed it to baby.
And this was his reaction:
YUCK!! Okay, the chicken… not so great. I’m gonna work on that one. Mix in some veggies maybe?
If I can do this, you can do it. It’s really easier than you think. And believe me, you will feel so good about what your baby is eating because you will know exactly what is in it. And, you will save your family lots of MONEY!! Yay!