Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baby Food

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I know I have a while before Ellie will start eating baby food, but I'm a planner.  ha!  I've been doing my research and I'm even more confused than before! 

If you make baby food or plan to, what do you/will you use?  Do you have a specific baby food maker?  Do you use a food processor?  Is it BPA free?  Help me out! 

I've found that everyone says something different.  So I decided to come to you all, my bloggie friends, for advice.

11 comments:

Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

In the early days, I made a little less than half of Laura's food. I mostly bought Gerber for her, in the little plastic tubs. When I did make the food, we stuck to apples, sweet potatoes, and squash. I just steamed them on my stove, and pureed in my cuisinart!

Courtney said...

We are starting solids this weekend and I'm going to attempt to make all their food. I've heard it's super easy, even if you work outside of the house so we'll see! I'll be using my SIL's Beaba Babycook that she bought at William-Sonoma. I've heard great things about it from lots of moms and it apparently does everything. Wholesomebabyfood.com is also a GREAT resource!

barbie said...

I started Alana with avacado which is easy to prepare yourself... Sweet potato and butternut squash both are super easy to prepare. All you need is to boil them then mash with a potato masher!! Easy peasy!! I personally didn't introduce fruits until much layer for her to develop a good palate for foods that were not sweet!

Sam said...

Wish I could be of some help, my dear. My child threw the baby food back in my face and moved straight on to the steak. ;)

Browniris said...

You can just steam what you are making and then mix it in a blender. You can add a little water if you need to change the consistency. Our pediatrician just said to start with the yellow vegetables, then go to fruits, then green vegetables, but I think every doctor is different with what they recommend.

Naomi said...

I made Avery and Abby's food. It really is super easy! No recipe required. Just steam whatever you want to make, puree it, and freeze. I would do a ton at a time so that I wouldn't have to for a while. I would often use the store bought kind for when we were out. I would save those small containers to freeze the food I made. I also freezed it in ice cube trays. You can then break it out and store in ziplocks. I did peas, sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, and others. You can make veggies and fruit from the frozen varieties you get at the store. They don't have to be fresh. Mashing up a banana with some baby cereal was a hit too and very easy. You will save a lot of money making it yourself, plus you know what exactly is in it. Good luck!

Andrea said...

Hey Jennifer!

I have my eye on a Babycook at William Sonoma! When I lived in Europe all of my european mama friends loved this little thing. Its convenient and easy and they even have cook books.

My friend T would take time on Sundays to make Jay's food. Then, she would spoon it into ice cube trays and freeze it. Afterwards, she would pop out however many cubes of each veggie, cous cous, etc...into a little bowl and defrost it and heat and eat. It was super easy!!!

Let me know how it goes!!!

Salza Family said...

It's easy! Steam, puree with whatever appliance you already have, freeze. I didn't get into using ice cube trays. I bought small jars so I could freeze it and then heat it up in the same container. Seemed easier to me.

I did all of it in my blender once every 10 to 14 days. Add the water you use to steam your veggies to get the consistency you want because it contains some of the nutrients lost in cooking.

Have fun with it! It's so much fun watching them try new things!

~Rachel~ said...

Awwww, your little one is such a doll! So happy for you! :-)

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Amy said...

I just peel and cube whatever I'm making, then steam it on the stove, then pop it in the blender! I originally used a food processor but the blender makes it much smoother. Just make sure to use lots of liquid (cooking water or breastmilk, if you breastfeed.) I then pour the puree into ice cube trays, and then store the cubes in labeled freezer bags. If you can find it, get butternut squash that is already peeled and cubed...makes your life SO much easier (that stuff is hard to chop!) Good luck!

 
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