Baby {food} making!

baby food DIYI just finished my first baby food making extravaganza. The kiddos were in bed, the house was reasonably clean, and I had a fridge fullĀ of goodies that would make great first foods for Little Jaguar. I like the idea of making my own baby food because it’s cheap and I know exactly what kind of processing went into making it, plus I get a sense of accomplishment from knowing that I don’t need Gerber to feed my baby. I can do it all on my own. :)

If you want to shed the shackles of store-bought baby food too feel free to follow along:

Today I made Mango, Pear, Sweet Potato, and Carrots for my little gourmet.

I started with the carrots, I peeled 4 large carrots and chopped them up into large chunks. Then I steamed them until they were soft (about 15 minutes) and put them in the blender along with 1 cup of the liquid I used to steam the carrots (I used this liquid because after steaming it’s really nutrient dense). I blended it all up ( by pressing the “batters” button on my fancy blender) and then poured it into an ice-cube tray which I covered and put in the freezer. Later I popped the carrots out and put them in a labeled freezer bag complete with the date. These amounts filled one ice-cube tray.

carrot baby food recipe

Next came the Mango. This was the easiest one. I just peeled and pitted the mango, blended it, poured it into an ice-cube tray, covered it, and froze it. Once again, popping it into a labeled freezer bag after it was frozen. Three large mango’s filled half of an ice-cube tray.

mango baby food recipe

Mmmm, I love me some pear sauce. I used my fancy apple corer to peel and core 4 pears which I then steamed until they were soft, (about 5 minutes) and blended with 1/2 cup of the steam water.

coring pears

This mixture was then poured into an ice-cube tray, covered, frozen, and then popped into a labeled freezer bag. These amounts filled 1/2 an ice-cube tray.

pear baby food recipe

Finally, the sweet potatoes. I peeled one large sweet potato and diced it into about 1 inch cubes. I then steamed it using the leftover pear steaming liquid. It took about 20 minutes to soften. The potato was then blended with 1 cup of steam water, covered, frozen, and finally popped out into a labeled bag. One potato filled 1 and 1/2 ice-cube trays.

sweet potatoes baby food recipe

When you want to use the food, just reheat it in the microwave. Frozen baby food should be used within one month of making it, which shouldn’t be a problem here. I taste tested all of these, and I was almost wishing I was a baby again, it was pretty yummy.

DIY baby food recipes

You can follow the above formulas for just about any fruits or vegetables, but don’t try to freeze mashed up bananas. It doesn’t work, however you CAN freeze sliced bananas and THEN blend them into a yummy banana custard type creation. Just a thought.

So, did anybody try this? What is your baby’s favorite food? Is the time worth the money saved? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments :) Thanks, and happy Baby {food} making ;).