Thursday, March 16, 2017

Homemade Baby Food

Before Shep was born Adam and I talked about making his baby food. It was something both of us thought would be fun but also would help save some money. Once Shep got here and we realized all of his allergies it was a no brainer for me to make his baby food at home. For one, I would know exactly what I was feeding him and two, it would help offset the outrageous cost of his hypoallergenic formula.

We started with squash and then moved on to pears, sweet potatoes, apples, and bananas. I've had a few people ask how we've made certain things so I thought I would just put a few of them in one post. As I make things I will add them here.

So far, squash is the most time consuming to make. It's not hard just takes a bit longer than the other foods so far.

This weekend I made some apples so I thought I'd share the process and explain the steps that go into making baby food at home.

Equipment needed:
Blender (we use the Ninja blender that comes with Nutri Ninja cups)
Ice cube trays
Freezer size Ziploc bags
Small containers (I'll show the ones we use below)

Making apples is one of the easier foods to make and takes very little time.

I start by putting a pot of water on the stove to boil. Then I peel and core all the apples. I use anywhere from 5-7 apples.

Then I cut them into chunks and put them in the boiling water, covered, for 6-8 minutes.

While the apples are softening I will usually put in a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, etc. just to pass the time. I try to make food during nap time so I can do other things while I'm making it and not have to worry about the kids needing something.

Once the apples are done I drain them.

Next step is to use the blender to puree the food. We have been using the Nutri Ninja cups that came with our Ninja blender and they have worked great.

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Once everything is blended up I just fill up a few ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer.

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I let them sit over night and then move the cubes into freezer size Ziploc bags. Here's an example with some other food I already had in the freezer.

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Every night when I'm getting the boy's stuff ready for the next day I will take a few cubes (usually 2-3) and put them in containers for the next day. I pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to thaw them and then store in the refrigerator.

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Honestly, it's so stinkin easy and saves SO much money!! 

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