DIY Baby Food

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Dear Bluegrass,

I pureed baby food, and my baby didn’t hate it. Now I’m no chef, but for an already super picky infant that held her mouth open for more in true baby bird fashion, I gave myself a big ol’ pat on the back.

Thus far we’d tried cereal, bananas, apples, peas (a RESOUNDING NO), and a few other first foods from a big name manufacturer. Our family isn’t brand name loyal, so we use store brand, organic options, even small chain grocery choices. Yet, our second daughter  still was not interested in anything other than momma’s milk at almost 10 months. Frustrated and ready to try anything, I pulled out our Baby Bullet and got to work. (Sidenote: I totally think you can just use a regular blender or ninja or whatever is cheapest on Black Friday; ours just happened to be a baby shower gift.)

Photo by hue12 photography on Unsplash

Supplies to get started: 

My first experiment was green beans. My in-laws always grow a big garden, and they had given me a pot full of homegrown green beans. I simmered them for about 2 hours, added 2 tbsp of olive oil and a little salt, and then I blended them up. Home run! I froze what she probably wouldn’t eat in a couple of days. (Our Baby Bullet came with food storage options, but I also use ice cube trays.) You can just heat up individual portions in the microwave, stove, or water bath.

My next ambition was butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Depending on what level of patience I have, I either buy a whole squash/sweet potato or just those pre-cubed steam bags that you can find in the freezer section. Genius, right?! There are so many options of different fruits and vegetables that can be found in the freezer section at the grocery, and they last longer than fresh produce. I usually mix fresh with some frozen to create an even balance. I reference my favorite baby food making websites in order to get the seasoning correct (and avoid using too much salt), Wholesome Baby Food at Momtastic and Baby Foode. Seriously, these are the valhalla for recipes. I also take note of what type of combinations (apple, pear, spinach is a favorite!) that the grocery store has in those food pouches.

Steam, season, blend. Same results! Maybe the texture is different…thinner because of more water? But she loves it! I I don’t have to do the airplane or the choo choo train or any kind of crazy antics to get my kid to try it. We are still trying some store bought food because really, who has time to be Suzie homemaker all the time? And those baby food pouches are just pure convenience. 

If you’re on the fence about trying to DIY baby food, do it! It often turns out way cheaper to just make it myself, plus I can blend up the food that I’m cooking for the entire family for the baby, too. Don’t let the words homemade or puree scare you. If I can do it, anyone can. 

With spirit & sass, 

Lindsay

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