A few weeks ago Chickadee turned six months old. Half a year already and we are almost to month 7! It is amazing how quickly time is flying by…sometimes I just want to freeze time! On the eve of turning six months baby girl tried food for the first time. It was bananas, and she wasn’t sure what to think. Now she can’t get enough.
So I decided to “make” her baby food for three reasons. 1. I have the time 2. It’s inexpensive 3. I know exactly what she is getting
If you decide to make your child’s baby food great! If you decide to let Earth’s Best do the work for you, great! However, if you are in the first group or unsure what you plan on doing keep reading. I’m about to share how I make a week (or more) worth of baby food in one hour!
Okay…here we go. ONE HOUR starts now.
1. Bananas & Avocados can be eaten as is….just mush up with a fork!
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
3. Wash everything.
4. Cut the butternut squash in have lengthwise, scoop out the seeds. Place face down on a baking dish & fill with 1/2 an inch of water.
5. Poke the sweet potatoes with a fork & wrap in aluminum foil.
6. Place both the sweet potatoes and butternut squash in the oven. Let bake for 40 minutes.
7. Fill your steaming pot with water and set over medium to high heat.
7. Peel the apples and pears and cut into thin (1/4 inch) slices
8. Cut the ends off the green beans & then snap into 1-2 inch pieces.
9. Now you will steam each of these items…start with the green beans. Steam for 12-15 minutes until tender.
10. Dump green beans into the food processor.
11. Put apples in the pot to steam. (10 minutes)
12. Process the green beans and then place in freezer trays
13. Rinse food processor and dump in apples.
14. Place pears in the pot to steam. (10 minutes)
15. Process the apples and then place in freezer trays.
16. Rinse the food processor and dump in pears.
17. Process the pears and then place in freezer trays.
18. Take the sweet potatoes and butternut squash out of the oven.
19. Scoop the butternut squash out of the skin and process. Place in freezer trays.
20. Scoop out the sweet potatoes and process. Place in freezer trays.
PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK! You are almost finished!!
Once all of your cubes are frozen place then in freezer ziplock bags and mark with what it is and the date. The food will be good in the freezer for about 3 months. Each cube is about 1 oz, so your baby will probably eat 2-4 cubes for lunch and dinner (ex. 2 cubes of pears & 2 cubes of sweet potatoes). I usually put Chickadee’s food for the day in the fridge the night before to give it time to defrost and be ready to eat the next day. Occasionally, I heat it up in the mircowave if I forget to defrost over night. Make sure and heat in a glass container and not plastic (it takes about 45 seconds) and then allow it to cool before feeding your little one.
Also for those of you who are curious, Ziplock products are bpa free, so you don’t have to worry!