Friday, October 28, 2011

My first baby food making experience

Well, the time has come. My boy is finally starting to eat baby food. I always wanted to make Emma's baby food, I even bought the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. However, I never really made the time and just fed her commercial food. I'm trying to do different things with Harrison, now that I'm at home and have the TIME to do it. This book is really cool because it's not just about making baby food. It also includes feeding your toddler, and making yogurt! I still want to get into cloth diapering Harrison! One thing at a time...........

The first homemade food: sweet potatoes!

This was so easy, and this batch will last at least a week. They are frozen, so they will actually last longer, but if he eats one cube a day, it will last a week. I'm pretty sure even my GIANT boy won't be able to eat one cube per day right now. It's about 3-4 T each.

I simply baked a sweet potato, peeled the skin off, cut into cubes, and put it in the food processor. I added about 1/2 C water while blending until it was very thin-the book recommends that it fall off the spoon. At this age, they should be eating VERY thin food. Later, I leave it more textured.

Emma tried it and declared it, "Yum." Buddy had a spoonful and was ALL about it. Can't wait to feed it to him for real today.

I would love to hear from those of you who make your own baby food on what you started with and any ideas/tips. Right now, I'm looking for storage options so I can make other foods in bulk to freeze. The above picture is of a Beaba container that my MIL gave me when I had Emma. I'm sure they are expensive, and they are also hard to get the frozen cube out of. I popped the frozen cube out and put it into a tupperware to defrost in the fridge.

This is what I'm thinking of using in the future. Thoughts? Ideas? Advice? Please share.


  1. I make all of A's food and I just use ice cube trays to freeze it and then pop the cubes out into ziplock freezer bags and label them. The bags seem to take up a lot less space and will hold a ton! I've done sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, apples, pears, mango, papaya, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, plums, blueberries, peaches, bananas and avocado. If you have more specific questions I'm happy to help!

  2. Ice cube trays work the best when they are pint sized and only eating a small amount. When they get bigger, the silicone mini and regular muffin pans work the best. Once frozen just pop them out and ziplock them with a date. If you google for recipes, you'll find entire sites dedicated to posting baby food recipes.

  3. I'll throw this out there, I don't remember how old mine were When I started doing this, but I bought a hand held emersion blender and started taking whatever we were eating for dinner, adding a little water, blend and serve. It just made life easier, especially when I was behind on baby food making.

  4. I used the ice cube trays and ziplocs. My fav book was baby love. My boy loved butternut squash, carrots, peas, cauliflower, applesauce, pears and blueberry much fun making baby food. I didn't use the emersion blender but it def would have made things easier! By the way, I found your blog from LG. Your babes are such cuties!

  5. i used ice cube trays and zip locks. there are a few posts on my blog about my baby food making days! it was fun.

  6. Ditto with the ice cube trays and ziplocks. I made it with Braya and haven't started Chase on anything yet. Waiting until 6 months, which is days away so I guess I better get to cooking and processing. Braya's first food was avocado because of the texture and the good fat. But I did that fresh. Keep the core in so it lasts longer. Do they make silicon ice trays? Hated when it was hard to get the ice cubes out of the trays.


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