Finally! That moment when you get excited because your baby can now explore another part of what the world has to offer, FOOD! As a mother we all want the best for our children, our babies. With this being my third time around (3rd baby) I became wiser and figured there has to be more benefits to making my own baby food than buying it. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against people who purchase baby food) When I came up the notion to make my own, I was a little unsure how I was going to do this so of course I took to Pinterest. Making baby food is not as hard as it may seem, somewhat time consuming but well worth it. Through trial and error I am listing the ways that I have successfully made baby food and stored it. I wanted to make sure I did this correctly especially if I am sharing it so it took me some time due to make mistakes and what not. Enjoy and please share with me what your baby liked and didn’t like.
What we have tried: Avocado, Banana, Apples Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple, Zucchini, Peaches, Plums, Carrots, Pears
Storing options: 4 oz. mason jars work great for us. The ice cube tray method is popular and your fresh food will last longer. You can use either or, the reason I like using the mason jars is because I can put them in the freezer and heat them up as well as feed her from the jar. Mason jars work when you’re on the go as well.
What we used: A bullet blender. You can use a baby blender, a bullet blender or a regular blender.
Bananas and Avocado– Take one half of a banana and one avocado (half) and blend together. This will fill 4 Jars (tread lightly and just make fresh for the day as it does turn brown) Blend to your babies liking
Bananas: One whole banana makes 4 jars (turns brown as well best made fresh daily) Blend to your babies liking
Apples: 4 Pink lady apples = 4 jars Cut into four pieces and boil in a pot(with peel)until soft allow to cool, peel and blend
Sweet potatoes: 2 medium to small potatoes = 4 mason jars. Peel and boil in a pot until soft allow to cool a bit and blend to your babies liking.
Butternut Squash: 1 Butternut squash= 4 jars Cut in half and scoop out the seeds, bake in the oven on 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft. Once soft and a bit cool scoop out the inside and blend to your babies liking. Tip: add a coat of olive oil on the outside before baking.
Pineapple: 4 cubes= 1 jar Because of it’s acidic nature this is used to mix with other fruits like apples etc. Cut into cubes or buy in a jar and blend.
Pears: 2 pears= 4 jars Cut pears in half with the peel and boil until soft. Allow to cool and scoop the inside out and blend. Tip: If you allow the pears to sit for a day or two you won’t have to boil them.
Carrots: 2 large carrots= 4 jars Peel cut into pieces and boil until soft. Allow to cool and blend to you babies liking
Peaches 2 Peaches= 4 jars Depending on how soft or hard the peach is you may or may not have to boil. I didn’t boil the peaches I went straight to blending and they came out great
Plums: 3 nice sized plums= 4 jars This is another fruit that you may not have to boil depending on if it soft or not. I did not boil this fruit I went straight to blending
Zucchini: This was one that I did not puree, we are moving onto baby led weaning so I cooked this with some butter until soft and cut it into small pieces. (Note: If your baby is not displaying readiness to eat chunky foods please spare you and your babies time.)
Note: I use a dry erase marker and mark the top with the date so I know which food to use first and when it will expire. It is advised to not use any refrigerated food after 72 hours.
Have fun with mixing and making!
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