Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Homemade Baby Food Routine

I knew before I had Lucy that I wanted to make her baby food for many reasons.  Just like with what hubby and I eat, I want to know what Lucy is eating.  I want to have control...muah-ha-ha :)  No sodium or preservatives for my precious little one.  Also, although it's definitely more work, it's a big money saver.  Although numbers may vary, Julia Scott, founder of BargainBabe.com, figured that homemade organic baby food is nearly 45% cheaper than store-bought organic baby food.  That is a savings of about $438 per year.  (Read Julia's full article on Mint.com HERE).
 
My routine has changed slightly since I took these pictures because she's eating more, but the technique is still the same.  Here, I'll walk you through how I make an apple/carrot/kale combo:
Place apple (peeled and cored) and carrot chunks in double boiler with a little water in bottom pan. Cover with lid and low boil until carrots are tender.
 
I then place a couple handfuls of kale on top, return lid, and continue to steam about 5 minutes until kale is wilted.
 
I use (and LOVE) the Baby Bullet.  It can be purchased HERE, but I was lucky enough to receive mine as a baby shower gift.  Let food cool slightly, add to Baby Bullet (an immersion blender can also be used), add as much water as you need, and whiz it up.  In the beginning, I used a lot of water and blended it very thinly.  Now, I use as little water as possible and pulse her food to a chunky consistency.
 

The Baby Bullet comes with this freezer tray and storage containers, which hold 2 oz.  I now use the freezer trays below.  They freeze 1 oz. portions, which allow for easy mix-and-matching, and are really easy to remove from the tray. 
Mumi and Bubi trays can be purchased HERE

I now use these OXO 4 oz. containers to thaw/store her food, and can be purchased HERE
 
After the portions are frozen, I store them in labeled freezer bags.  At night, I pull out all of the food needed for the next day and place in the refrigerator.

The Baby Bullet containers fit well in our bottle warmer, but I use a small pan on the stove to warm up her food in the OXO containers.
 
www.wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com has been a great resource for baby food ideas.
 
Happy pureeing!
 
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