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October 22, 2013 |
I’m not quite sure how the decision to make LK’s baby food came about, but something about it just felt like the natural thing to do. Especially since we are still nursing, I really like the thought of being able to control what goes into her new, fragile, and rapidly growing little system. I also like that I know where and how it was made and exactly what goes into it…Lord knows the Oreo’s will come one day, so please let me stuff her with goodness while I can, right?! And from those initial thoughts, it has evolved into so much more. It has become something that I really enjoy and, in the end, has saved us quite a bit of money. Um and did I mention that it’s easier than I even imagined??
1. Food Processor. You can get a decent/large one for $50 if you don’t already have one. I actually use the attachment that came with my blender on “puree” mode. Works like a charm.
1. Buy produce.
2. Wash produce
3. Peel (although the peels are great additional nutrients, I have always opted to peel my fruit…especially the dirty dozen).
4. Chop. Opt for small to medium chunks as they steam the fastest and are best through the food processor.
6. Run through food processor
7. Transfer to trays, seal, and freeze.
BAM! SO EASY!
You can easily do an entire MONTHS worth in 3-4 hours. It’s that simple.
So, just to give you an idea of the shopping list/cost savings I have broken it all down below. That was one of the hardest things about getting started…I had NO idea what made what or how much we would need. So, along the way I documented everything and how it all worked out for me. When we started on solids, LK was eating 3 cubes per meal and has now worked her way up to 5 cubes per meal, so this would be an example of how you can plan for your month. Obviously, if you are just getting started you can trim down the ratios to meet what you need according to your pediatrician. Also, plan for introduction of foods. You are supposed to wait three days before introducing something else to assure they are not allergic to the food. So, pick something to start with and make the most of that one and create a wedge from there according to how your will introduce each food.
** Side note: I like to give LK something fresh everyday so avocados and bananas are get to have on hand and can easily be mashed up for a fresh addition to any meal. I use one half of an avocado at a time and leave the seed in the other half. It stays nice and green that way and is perfectly good to use the next day.
At first, of course, you start off pretty basic (1 veggie cube/2 fruit cubes or vice versa) but now that LK is older I can really have some fun. Some of our favorite combos are:
I’ve found that the pouches serve as a great source of inspiration for combinations, so I would encourage you to cruise the aisle to check out some fun combos. Also, before you begin make sure to check out Wholesome Baby. This site will be your best friend and has tips and tricks for every step of the process.
Aaryn Rubin says
October 23, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I made both of my kids' baby food; they weren't big eaters but I think I spent maybe 2 Sundays making food-it lasted me until they were 1. It's really an intuitive process, but just make absolutely certain if you're just starting out the food is really liquid like and no chunks!!! Instead of scouring the internet for ideas, I just walked the baby aisle and wrote down what flavors of baby food were out there. And, don't forget about adding in meat if it's your thing-meat and chicken can definitely be pureed!!
October 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM
I love this post! I have scoured the internet trying to find portion sizes, recieps etc. I think you did an amazing job of breaking it down! Baby food making for dummies!
January 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM
This is super helpful!! thanks for breaking it all down. Quick question: Do you freeze the puree in the plastic bags too? Or just the trays? What do you put in the ziploc freezer bags? thanks!
January 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM
Hey Kristen! Yes, I used heavy duty freezer bags to store the cubes once made and frozen. I typically liked to double bag each group to avoid freezer burn 🙂 hope this helps and have so much fun making it :). Xo
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