Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Adventures in Homemade Baby Food

Since before Emma Claire was born, I knew I wanted to try and make homemade baby food. The past few weeks we have been experimenting with store bought baby food to figure out what she likes and in the meantime I had been putting off delving into a massive book "Super Baby Food". I had almost convinced myself that the store bought food was just so easy that I may skip the homemade but Kyle stopped at a local produce stand and bought some sweet potatoes, peaches, and green beans. So this week I made my first three batches of food and I must say it was sooo easy.

I microwaved the sweet potatoes for about 17 mins, scooped the inside out, pureed in our food processor, filled ice cube trays with them, popped them in the freezer for about 6 hours, dumped the cubes into a ziploc bag and voila we have individual servings of sweet potatoes. The peaches were even easier - peel, puree, freeze. The only store bought food I have tasted were the Pears and they were not appetizing. Frankly, I didn't want to try any of the rest of it. But my homemade peaches & sweet potatoes were yummy.

I am so glad I didn't decide not to try this. Not only is it extremely easy but it saves money too! Kyle paid 59 cents per pound of sweet potatoes which is about what we pay for ONE small jar of sweet potatoes (mind you I've been buying organic which is a bit more expensive per jar). I used 3 sweet potatoes yesterday that cost a couple of dollars and made the equivalent of $17.00 worth of store bought. Best of all, I feel better feeding her something that I know is fresh without a bunch of preservatives and that is tasty enough that I would eat myself. Round 2 schedule for tomorrow - more peaches, plums, pears, and carrots. Here are a few pictures...


Fresh Green Beans

Cooked, Pureed, & Ready to Freeze


Fresh Peaches Pureed

Peaches ready to freeze

Frozen Individual Portions of Peaches

2 comments:

  1. PS-- thanks for the kind words about our pictures! We used Wendy Phillips from Fly On The Wall Photography and did the photo shoot at E Carrol Joyner Park in Wake Forest. Her website is:

    http://flyonthewallphotography.shutterfly.com/

    She was VERY reasonable and great to work with!

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