Monday, October 29, 2012

Marriage & Motherhood Monday!

...on homemade baby food!

I've had a lot of comments/questions come in on our process with lil A's baby food.  This will be a short version of what we do.  I hope to go into more depth during our 30 day challenge next month when we tackle meal planning!  (I hope you're all getting excited for that!!)
So, yes...lil A is eating solid food.  He actually started at 3 1/2 months old and is just now branching out to new fruits and veggies.

The Gear (Here's the stuff you need to make DIY baby food easier)

A food processor or blender (I have the Magic Bullet and it works perfectly!)
An Ice Cube Tray (I purchased a stainless steel one)
Large Freezeable Container 

The Process
1) Choose the Produce - For lil A's first foods we decided to pick one veggie and one fruit and cook up separately.  It wasn't until he was a little older did we begin combining them.  We preferred using fresh produce rather than anything canned.
Here's what we've used so far: Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Pears, Peaches, Plums and Apples.

2) Prep the food - It's important to make sure you really wash the food since you'll be either boiling or steaming them and using that water to help getting the consistency when blending.

3) Cooking - Either steam or boil the food.  I like to use these sites for their recipes and recommendations.
{Wholesome Baby Food}and {Once a Month Mom.  After the food is cooked, peel, deseed and puree in a food processor.  Use the water that was used for cooking or breast milk to bring to the right consistency.  Keep in mind, a lot of the fruits do not need extra liquid.

4) Freeze - Pour the pureed food into an ice cube tray and set.  Once frozen, remove from tray and store in a freezeable container such as ziploc bags or as I prefer...a covered glass dish.

5) Serve - When it's time to eat, all you need to do is throw a couple cubes in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 30-40 sec. (or until warm).  Make sure you mix through it well to get rid of any hot spots.  I love to use these wean green jars that I purchased awhile back. They freeze well and make traveling with lil A's food a breeze!  And they're super cute!!

Anyone else make your own baby food?  Would love to hear the combinations you and your little one enjoy! 


  1. Oh wow! This is an eye opener for me! I was getting frustrated with making her food and she doesn't eat it. Freezing is such a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I've never heard of this method before, but I love it! I'll have to keep this tip in mind whenever I finally have a little one :)


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