One of the things that I swore I would do when we started having babies was make their baby food. It is so much more affordable, and allows you to ensure that you know exactly what is being put into it! Though it may seem like a daunting task, this is how I am able to prepare a week’s worth of baby food in less than 30 minutes!
First, let’s make sure we grab all of our essentials for making this a smooth and easy process:
- Blender – we use the Baby Bullet, but any blender that can puree will do!
- Storage containers – baby food is good for 3-4 days maximum in the refrigerator so you will want to grab some silicone storage containers to be able to freeze prepped food. We use the containers that came with our blender.
- Pot – You will want to have a pot, or two, on hand for boiling food to soften it
- Mixing bowls – I use mixing bowls to catch the liquid from straining. This comes in handy when you are blending the food – if the mixture is too thick, you can use some of the water that it was boiled in to help thin it out and you are adding those nutrients right back into the food!
- Cutting board
So, now that we have all of our essentials, let’s dive into the planning and prepping process!
Typically, I like to plan out what foods we will be feeding our baby for that week, and I aim to introduce a new food every 3-4 days, so typically two new foods each week. Once I have all of the foods figured out, I will begin washing, chopping, and boiling. This week on the menu we have:
- Peas and Green Beans (combination flavor)
- Sweet Potato and Carrots (combination flavor)
I want to start with the foods that take the longest to boil, so I will begin by washing, skinning, chopping, and boiling the sweet potatoes. You always want to make sure you remove the skin, as that will be too hard on their digestive system. Once they are chopped, I will toss them in a pot with the carrots and let them boil for about 15 minutes. I usually make sure that the pieces are small enough so that they cook much faster.
While that is boiling, I move on to the peas and green beans. We use frozen peas, so I usually just pour out the amount needed (about ½ to ¾ cup, depending) into a mixing bowl with a little water and pop those in the microwave for about 6 minutes. Then, I get a pot of water going with the green beans for those to cook for about 10 minutes.
While we have the sweet potatoes and carrots, and peas and green beans, boiling, I want to make sure I get the apples washed, cut, and ready for boiling so that once a pot is free, I can toss them in!
Now, I move onto the strawberries! These don’t need boiling, so I just wash them, cut them up and toss them in the blender with a little liquid (breastmilk or formula) and get those nice and pureed up! Once I portion those out in the containers, I wash the blender so that there is no cross-contamination as strawberries are a new flavor this week, and we want to be able to isolate the cause of allergic reaction if there is one.
By this point, the peas and green beans are done, so I strain those and toss them into the blender, adding some of the nutrient-filled water as needed. Once pureed, I portion those out into containers. Each food typically is enough for three days (sometimes four if I make too much).
Once I have that pot free, I put the apples on to be boiled for about 6 minutes or so.
Again, making sure to wash out the blender each time, I then strain the sweet potatoes and carrots and toss those in the blender. Typically, sweet potatoes will need the most liquid to make sure you get a really nice puree. Once done, portion out into the containers.
Lastly, the apples! Same as before, wash the blender, puree, and portion. Done!
Now you have a weeks worth of baby food ready to go! Just decide which containers will be kept in the fridge to be eaten first, and store the remaining containers in the freezer. That easy!
What foods is your babe trying right now? We are moving on to squash and plums next week! Let me know in the comments below if you have tried out making baby food and how your experience went.
Until next time,