Thursday, November 10, 2011

Homemade Organic Baby Food

Hi Busy Bees!
I’ve had several people ask me about making homemade organic baby food.  I do not like to cook however I LOVE making homemade baby food. It’s quick, easy, and less expensive than buying premade baby food.

Here are the items you will need:

-Baking sheet or large pot (depending if you plan to bake or boil)
-Potato masher
-Ice cube or baby food trays
-Organic veggies

Really, this is ALL you need! 

I have toyed with the idea of buying the Beaba Babycook Food Maker that steams and blends all in one container but since the above mentioned was good enough for my first child, I may just stick with it!

If you are just starting solids with your baby, you want to begin with orange veggies. Orange veggies such as butternut squash, sweet potatoes and carrots have the most comparable taste to breast milk or formula.  You can then move onto green veggies such as peas and green beans and then finally onto fruits. You want to save fruits until the very last as your baby might decide he prefers the sweetness of the fruits and refuse the veggies.

I started both children with butternut squash.  Simply cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and bake. I filled the inside of the squash with water and covered it with a piece of foil to create steam. Bake at 350 until soft. You can also peel the squash, chop and boil (this is what I do with smaller vegetables such as carrots or broccoli), in both cases save some of the water to mash in with the veggie.

Once the veggies are super soft (either from baking or boiling) put into a bowl and mash with a potato masher adding water until you reach your desired consistency.  

Once cooled, scoop into freezer trays and freeze overnight.  The next day you can put the frozen cubes into a freezable container or bag. Done! Now you have individual servings you can take from the freezer to the fridge in the morning and let thaw for each meal.

One organic butternut squash cost about $4.00  and makes about 16 1oz servings. One jar/pouch of organic butternut squash baby food can cost anywhere from .75 to $1.15 for 2.5 serving depending on the brand. So you are saving some money, saving some jars and the whole process (outside of the baking) maybe took me 15 minutes!!

 BUT most of all,

He loves it!! :)