Baby food. Have you looked at the ingredients and the price of that stuff?? Wow. That’s all I had to say. So I figured it couldn’t be that hard to make your own. You save money plus you know what you are feeding your little angel! No salt. No preservatives. No sugars. Just the food itself. What a concept right?! And honestly it’s really easy.
What you need to start:
Something to steam veggies in, and a blender or food processor. I use an actual baby food maker it steams and then purees. That makes it extremely easy but it is very possible without it.
Babies around 4-6 months start with rice cereal/ oatmeal. You can make this, simply cook the rice or whole oats and blend with formula or breast milk. With first time eaters I would actually recommend buying it. (I know, I know!) Only because it is smoother than what I could get it. But as they get used to solids cook up!!
First veggies: carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, green beans and peas(greens closer to 6 months)
First fruit: bananas, avocados (yes a fruit– a super one that is!) pears, apples.
Just a couple steps!
Steam your veggies and blend. Apples are the only fruit you have to steam, all other you just purée!
**Note– when blending some veggies you do have to add a little water, or formula/breastmilk too. It makes them a little more creamy and easier to blend.
After they are puréed place in ice trays and freeze over night. Once solid pop out of the ice trays and place in freezer bags, label and put back in the freezer. When ready to serve warm up in the microwave and mix whatever you want with it.
When I’m gone I put Lucy’s lunch and/or dinner in little glad ware containers and all my husband has to do is warm it up and feed her. Lucy is an amazing eater, she will try anything and texture has never been an issue. I credit that to making it myself. One batch is always different from the next one!
I also keep the juice from steaming the veggies and mix in water to give her to drink. No added sugars just juice!
This is blueberries/bananas, peas, chicken, and oatmeal/bananas.
For 6-8 months, you can add lots of good stuff!
chicken, green beans, spinach, white potatoes, peaches, blueberries, melons, kiwi, mango, apricot.
*Before blending some of the fruits and veggies I save some of them for awesome finger food. Lucy loves to feed herself. It is a mess, but she loves it!
Chicken–okay those sausage and chicken in a jar is a little nasty for my taste. It works for some… I just do chicken the same way, steam it and blend it with a little formula. She eats it up!
You get the idea–basically there is not much you can not cook and blend!
I use the website: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/index.htm#.UEAWvUQi0k8
This website has great recipes, and guides you on the right foods to try at what age.