My son has recently started on solids so I decided to make him some home-made baby food. It is so easy, and just like when you take the time to make food for yourself from scratch rather than purchasing pre-packaged foods you have the ability to control the quality of the product you serve your family.
My first step was to go to the farmer's market. I bought bulk amounts of produce and processed it all at once so that during the winter when fresh local produce isn't available I will still have high quality baby food.
This is not only higher quality baby food, but it is also more cost effective. I bought a 10# box of peaches for $7- they were what is called 2nds which means that they are over-ripe or bruised. In other words cheap, delicious, and perfect for making baby food with. Buying foods in season always means you are getting the best price and best quality.
I also bought green beans, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.
I blanched the peaches: drop them in boiling water for maybe a minute and then put them in ice water- it shocks them and makes the skin really easy to remove. I baked the sweet potatoes in the microwave with the skins on and peeled them afterwards. I steamed the green beans and butternut squash.
All of these cooking methods prevent nutrient loss so all those yummy vitamins and minerals get into your baby's tummy.
After the cooking process blend up each item up in a blender or food processor with water to a puree consistency.
Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze.
Once they are frozen pop them out into a ziplock freezer bag and you have individually portioned baby food cubes.
Defrost and enjoy!
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