When we had our first daughter I knew I wanted to try my hand at making her own baby food. I thought we might save some money and it would be healthier for her. What I didn’t expect is that the process would be fun too.
Like so many other things, parenting never really seems “done” and making my own baby food made me feel like I’d actually accomplished something (pardon the pun – but you can really see the fruits of your labor!) — so it was good for baby and good for mama!
We used the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron as our guide through the process, it details what foods she recommends are introduced each month. Yaron also offers a helpful guide/glossary to most every veggie or fruit, in case parents aren’t necessarily familiar with how a beet or squash or some other food should be prepared. She also includes ideas for how to make your own rice/grain cereal and the book even has some craft ideas! What a book!
Here’s what we do, the process is super simple —
- Bake, roast, steam, boil, or otherwise prepare your fruit or veggie.
- Freeze in ice cube trays! (We have about 6 of them). After the cubes are frozen we transfer them to zip top bags.
Here are some pics from our latest baby food making adventures.
Steaming some zucchini:
Here is a pic of some pureed winter squash, which I roasted in the oven:
Finally, the squash ready to be frozen in ice cube trays:
We’ve put those ice cube trays to good use over the past couple of years. In them we’ve put beets, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, bananas, turnips, potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, rutabagas, pears, apples ….well, you get the idea.
Have you made your own baby food?