I can’t believe my second grandson is seven months already! He has recently been introduced to solids and he loves ‘em! It’s wonderful to see them discovering their likes and dislikes in different tastes and textures and I love to see his little expressions. Adorable! My post today is about making your own organic baby food.
Are you a new or expectant mommy or grandma like me? This post is about making your own organic baby food for your little humans. You might want to bookmark this post for future reference but keep any eye out for some upcoming baby-toddler related material in the next couple of posts.
When I was a new mommy, a thousand years ago, I made my kids there first solid foods. I’m picky (I’ll admit), but we want the best for our kids, right? I was also a stay-at-home mommy and had the time to research, play around, shop and prepare it. My daughter on the other hand is a full-time teacher, an online boutique owner, in clubs, and community events, and her and her husband are raising two precious kids. To say they can’t possibly have time to make their own baby food is an understatement. She and the hubby are both incredible parents with full schedules.
It just so happens that Mimzy (me), has the time to do it. Truth be told, my hubby does the shopping as I’m not a fan, unless it’s a farmers market, boutique, or hardware store. Then I’m in! But I do have to give him credit for that cause it’s a huge help to me!
Making baby food is not a complicated task, it’s rather easy and delicious. Did you get that? Making it yourself is one of the easiest foods you can prepare—even if you aren’t a cook! Trust me on this.
For the most part there are many veggies and fruits that you can use to make small or large batches. It will also be easy on your grocery bill. For this post, I chose to do carrots and broccoli cause their on the top of our little guys list! Here’s a list of some others you can try out.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Take the veggie of choice, peel, wash, and dice up.
- Steam or cook for about 7-12 minutes (or until tender).
- Drain and set aside until cool.
- Add the veggie to your food processor or blender, once cooled. Blend a bit and add a little water until you get the desired consistency.
- Pour mixture into ice trays, cover, and freeze.
You will follow the same steps for hard fruits (apples, pears, etc.). For the softer fruits like mango, cantaloupe, etc. you will just skip to step 4 & 5 above.
SOME POINTERS: (my preferences)
I don’t microwave anything for children’s consumption. I’m not a fan of microwaves, especially for little humans. My preferred cooking method for baby foods is steaming. Steaming allows for more of the nutrients to remain in the food but I also don’t use the water from the steaming for blending step as a precaution. Some foods have higher nitrate concentrations that shouldn’t be given to babies under 7 months.
Once the cubes are frozen, take the trays out of the freezer and transfer the cubes into freezer bags. (*I DON’T mix varieties together!) Label accordingly and store back in freezer until ready to use.
READY TO USE: When feeding time comes around, remove the cube(s) and thaw out on the counter or place in a separate snack size bag. Allow to quick thaw in a bowl of warm water. If you stored freshly made food in the fridge, store for no more than 48 hours!
Organic baby food is the best food you can start those little darlin’s out on when they’re ready for solid foods. Just experiment with different varieties and combinations. This little man loves his solids!!!
TOOLS: I use a tray for freezing and smaller containers for the food we’ll use right away and goes in the fridge. There are also pouches that you can store and freeze that make it easy for on -the-go healthy meals or snacks. I’ve made those for the toddler for freezer snacks (see HERE)!
Here are the tools I use that are perfect for making your very own delicious, homemade, organic baby food!
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