It’s Food, Baby!

My husband and I recently started feeding our five-month-old some baby cereal. I can hardly believe he’s old enough. But, now that he’s eating more than just mommy’s milk, he’s gobbling it up.
Anyone who has ever shopped the baby aisle knows that babyfood isn’t cheap. Especially if you want anything of the organic variety. With our daughter, who is now six, we started with the purchased jars, but then when my mom mentioned that they used to make most or all of the babyfood she fed me and later my sister, I decided to give it a go.
Of course, for many people, this was not a novel concept. However, being one of the first of my set of friends and relatives my age to have children, it hadn’t really dawned on me that I didn’t have to buy what was offered. I could know exactly what was going into the babyfood (and in Baby’s body), because I could make it! So I did make a lot of our daughter’s food, and most of our second child’s food, myself. Now on our third child, I’m happy to say that I’m making all of it.
While the thought of making babyfood was a little daunting at first, I soon found that it was quite easy. Here’s the system I’ve developed. (And if you have a different method of doing any of this, feel free to comment and share your knowledge and experience!) Also, before we get started, I’m not a health care professional or a dietician or anything of the sort, so don’t take my advice as such. I’m simply a mommy sharing how I feed my baby. Now, without further ado…

First I cook whatever it is I’m making. Generally, I like my veggies still a bit cripy. However, for babyfood, cooking until it is mushy works a bit better. Add a little extra water to the grains (oatmeal, rice, etc), cook the green beans a bit longer than needed, and so on. If the food is already slightly mushy, it purees more easily. With vegetables cooked in water, save a little of that water.

Next, put the food into the food processor or blender or baby food processor. Start blending. As you do, you’ll see that the leftover veggie water you saved can come in handy; adding it to the food while mixing helps bring it to a good consistency. You can even save some veggie-water to add to foods that you cook without extra water, like rice or squash. (I learned to roast squash, but I think you can boil the pieces if you want to cut up the squash before i’ts cooked.)

When determining the consistency, I find that the grains need to be more runny than I would usually make for Baby. It thickens when frozen.

Finally, put the food into ice-cube trays. I like to use my tablespoon cookie scoop. It fills the spaces really nicely. 🙂

Stick it in the freezer… You’re almost finished! After it’s frozen completely, pop the tray out of the freezer. A tip about getting the food out of the trays: dipping the bottom of the trays into an inch or so of hot water in the sink loosens the food nicely. I have difficulty cracking the trays with the food in them.
I put the food cubes into freezer bags. I would use washable food storage containers, but I don’t have any of the size I need yet. It’s on my to-buy list.
And now you can make your own baby food for a fraction of the price!

One thought on “It’s Food, Baby!

  1. I made baby food for all my babies, but never rice or oatmeal! How great is that! I still bought the jars cause some of my foster babies went to daycare.

    And five months already!!


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