Wednesday, January 29, 2014

So I Decided To Make Babyfood.

I am proud to say I am still breastfeeding but am excited to introduce my little guy to the world of food. Plus....I'm not gonna lie....Momma is excited to get a break from being the food machine!

Generally the consensus is to start feeding your baby solids at 6 months but no sooner then 4 months. There are various reasons for this which you can find some information here but I mainly waited because I wanted to keep my milk supply up. Around the time he turned 6 months it seemed Dean's attitude toward food had completely changed. He reached for food on the table, was hungry when he smelled our food, etc. So I decided it was time to try it and see how it goes.

I'm not against store bought baby food. Not in the least.  I really just wanted to try making baby food at least one time, comparing taste and cost. Plus we Rollstin girls will use any excuse to get together!

Stacy and I decided to make 4 different foods and to purchase them from our local farmers market. We have a fantastic local farmers market here in Victorville. Check out their Website here!


We ended up with squash, carrots, yams and asian pears. Funny side note - on one of the tables they had sweet potatoes and two variety of yams. I thought I was grabbing the sweet potatoes but when I got home and started peeling it was a light green on the inside! Not a sweet potato but a variety of yam! I'm glad we made the mistake though because the yams were super tasty.

Things You Will Need:

Vegetables or fruit
A steamer or steamer insert for your pots
Ice cube trays
Plastic freezer bags
Purified water
Blender (This is optional but a whole lot easier then hand mashing)

All these things you can find at the dollar store in your area. I suggest buying around 4 to 6 trays per food you make. We bought 12 and it wasn't enough for the amount we were made.

The first step is to cut all your vegetables up in 1 inch pieces. They steam faster and more evenly that way. Put your steamer insert into your pot then fill with water until it is just under the bottom of the steamer basket. Turn the heat on and bring to a boil.


Next put your cubed up veggies or fruit in the steamer basket, cover, then steam for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are fork tender.




 Once the food is done roughly mash it up to make it easier to blend.



The mash is too thick as it is, you will need to thin it out to get the right consistency for baby food. We added purified water until we thought it looked about right.


After a lot of mess making we figured out that the easiest way to get the food in the ice cube trays is to put it in a measuring cup with a pour spout.  Cover the tray with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. I recommend leaving them in overnight. 


The end result is little cubes of yummy goodness. I popped all the cubes out and put them in a doubled up freezer bag. I then marked the bag with the date so I would know when to throw them out.


We overlapped our vegetable and fruit making so that something was being cut/cooked/mashed/blended at the same time. We didn't end up steaming the fruit. they were super soft and runny so we just blended them and they came out just right.

As for those gorgeous yams:


 I just had to share the shot of the beautiful color they yams produced. They were our favorites and I think the babies too!

YUM!
I have read that the optimal time to keep homemade baby food in the fridge is 1 month and no more then 3 months. It doesn't go bad after that time but the nutrients break down. I think it would be best to make a 1 months supply at a time. This way you are insuring the baby food is at its best nutritionally plus you can change the foods each month and offer variety.

The vegetables we purchased were about $16.00 all together. The yields were different for each type of food because of the texture and consistency of each. We managed to get a total of 240 cubes which works out to about 240 ounces. That works out to about .07 cents an ounce! Super cheap. I didn't calculate in the ice cube trays because they are really a one time cost.

As for taste they were delicious! Definitely a fresher taste then the store bought baby food.

We split the food between Stacy and I so it worked out wonderfully. At 6 cubes a day my little Dean will definitely eat this much in a month.

Would I do it again? Yes. It was fun spending the day together and making memories. It was even exciting to see how each food would turn out. I still buy baby food from the store for when we are out and about, it isn't really convenient to carry around ice cubes of baby food.


Have you made any of your own baby food? How did it go? Any cook hints or tips? Let us know!

3 comments:

  1. It came out so good and Severin LOVES them! :)

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  2. OMG! Is that what the contraption is? A steamer basket? You learn something new everyday! HAHA!

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