Since I revealed my introduction plan of baby solid food recently, the next question I had to ask myself was: Should I buy baby food or should I make homemade baby food? The fact that I’m on maternity leave for one year made that decision rather easy for a few reasons:
- I have time on my hands – well, somewhat.
- I have less disposable income than if I were working full-time.
- I try to provide the best that I can to my daughter.
You’ve probably guessed by now that I chose to make homemade baby food. Given that making baby food (puree) requires no cooking skills whatsoever, I really didn’t have an excuse to buy baby food. As soon as my daughter was 4 months old, I began making her food. All of it, really! She’s 7 months now and I still have enough food in the freezer for a while.
What I Used To Prepare Homemade Baby Food
The first thing I did was purchase a book that I used for guidance. Based on a friend’s recommendation, I bought the Blender Baby Food on Amazon. The book is great for providing food vs water ratio and recommended cooking time but honestly, you can survive without it. Once you know to peel your fruits and veggies, boil and then puree, it’s pretty much the same instructions for the rest of them (with some exceptions obviously). The book does serve a good basis to start though, that’s for sure.
With the baby food introduction plan and book in hand, I was ready to start my production line. I made a list of which fruits or vegetables I wanted to introduce first and then cooked them following the Blender Baby Food book. Once I pureed the food, I developed a very sophisticated freezing plan – not!
I kept my approach to making the food very simple. I basically cooked, pureed and froze each vegetables, fruit or meat separately. That gives me the flexibility to mix and match different types of food for every meal. If one day I want to serve pork and carrots and another day I want to serve pork, butternut squash and spinach, I can. It was my preference to take this approach but preparing full meals is just as good. I’d say, just make sure to have a good variety of recipes so they don’t get bored of eating the same stuff all the time.
The only instruments you’ll need are:
- Ice cube trays
- Plastic food wrap
- Zip lock bags (sandwich size)
- Zip lock bags (large freezer bags)
Homemade Baby Food Production Line
1. Use a spoon to scoop the pureed food and fill the ice cube tray
2. Cover the ice cube tray with the plastic food wrap. Make sure to cover it completely.
3. Freeze it overnight.
4. Prepare small zip lock bags by writing the food name and date.
5. Uncover your ice cube tray, remove the fillings by cracking your tray the same way you’d remove and ice cube. Put as many cubes in your small zip lock bag.
6. Prepare a large freezer zip lock bag by writing the food group (fruits, vegetables, meat)
7. Place the small zip lock bag in a larger zip lock bag.
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