I never thought I would be this kind of mom, but I am. I am officially obsessed with making baby food! Not only does it give me so much peace of mind to know EXACTLY what is in Emmy’s food, it’s also so darn cheap! I was able to make a whole MONTH worth of baby food for less than $10! And that was shopping at Whole Foods where you know you are paying WHOLE price! And if that wasn’t reason enough to make her food, it only took me ONE hour! Being able to make one month supply of baby food while my baby napped left me feeling like a super mom!
Emmy is currently eating stage one baby food and will continue to for the next month. Once she hits six months, we will add in new food and begin combining foods as well. For now we are sticking to the basics. This round of food consists of 1 large apple, 2 bananas, 1 large pear, 1 avocado, 1 large sweet potato, 1 zucchini and 1 squash.I have a few niffty tools on hand that make the process go pretty quickly
I use a Baby Bullet to make all of Emmy’s baby food. I purchased it off of Amazon for about $60 and it has already been worth every. Single. Penny. It is super easy to clean and it takes about 10 seconds to make each different puree. It is dishwasher safe and it comes with a ton of gadgets that also make things easier! I also use this small steamer that softens the fruits and veggies in about 5-7 minutes. Also dishwasher safe so big plus for clean up! Both items are really small fit perfectly on to the little bit of counter space I have.
So the biggest contributing factor to being able to do this in just one hour (besides the Baby Bullet and steamer) was the order I made things in. I tried to alternate between blending foods that needed to be softened through steaming and those that did not. I started with peeling and cutting the apples and pear and placing them into the steamer together, but slightly divided for easy removal. While those fruits were steaming, I purred the bananas.
Once done with the bananas, I removed the apples and pureed them, then the pears. Next I added the sweet potato to the steamer (peeled and cut) and while is was cooking, I purred the avocado (peeled and pitted). I finished he process with the zucchini and squash (peeled and cut).
I used any downtime while foods were pureeing to prep the next food. I added/4 cup water to make the purees a good consistency for Emmy.
NOTE: Add a little more water to the sweet potatoes and a little less to the zucchini and squash. All purees were added to ice-cube trays. Please excuse my messiness in the picture below. The sweet potatoes were a little harder to get into the trays than I was expecting!
Once I was done filling the trays, they all went into the freezer. Once frozen, they were removed and put into quart size storage bags with the date written on them. All frozen baby foods should be eaten within 30 days. To thaw, I put the cubes in a microwave safe bowl and to the timed DEFROST on the microwave for 2 minutes.
With the amount of fruit purchased, I was able to fill 60 ice-cube trays. Emmy eats 1-2 cubes a day, in addition to a serving of Earth’s Best Organic Rice Cereal (also purchased from Whole Foods for about $3). That’s one month supply for $10!
Be sure to read the fun post below for the how-to on homemade yogurt melts for baby!