I have loved making her baby food, it has been a great point of personal pride for me through this journey of new parenthood. It has also been important to me to have some sort of creative or motherly outlet to feel, I suppose, needed. Switching to formula has been harder than I ever expected and preparing her baby food at home has helped me to feel necessary again. It's weird to describe, maybe baking and cooking is how I express my love. Anyways, this whole process has been very cathartic for me and I'm so glad that I can share it with you.
So I searched all over the baby blogs and recipe sites for how to get started and discovered that I already owned everything necessary to make baby food. This is what I found to be needed:
- Steamer basket, either with a stock pot or in a rice cooker
- Food processor or blender
- Ice cube trays for freezing
- Freezer bags for storing
I then found a fantastic site for food ideas called WholesomeBabyFood. It is an outstanding source for figuring out how to start feeding solids to a baby!
I love the ice cube trays because they produce perfect little 1oz portions of food. This makes it so easy to combine different foods for a new flavor every day. The possibilities are endless and can be somewhat daunting. If you are a little worried, just do what I did and walk down the baby food aisle to see what those master chefs put together!
***Tip: the food doesn't pop out like ice, wedge a knife along the side and it will pop right out.
The cubes are also easy for transporting to daycare. I simply put 3 cubes in a little reusable storage container and they set it in hot water to heat up. I also heat up two cubes of fruit purees and mix in plain whole-milk yogurt for a great snack.
You can adjust the level of smoothness and thickness by adding water to the food processor. Just be careful about adding too much because freezing can cause some vegetables, like carrots, to become watery. Speaking of carrots, did you know that carrots spark in the microwave!? I never knew until I put some steamed carrots in there for a few seconds and they popped like fireworks. Turns out, it's the high levels of minerals that causes it. Crazy!
I'm off now to mix a few cubes into Rae's oatmeal. Have a great weekend!Pin It Now!