Baby Food

Since Alex has been home, we have been trying to introduce as many new foods as possible to him.  We probably do too many at a time – but for the most part he hasn’t had any bad reactions – except for the egg yoke spitup…not nice.  Anyhow, we try whenever possible to simply adjust our food to work for him – puree chicken and veg, mash potatoes, pureed roast beef, peas, plain rice, and even cut up spaghetti.  He also eats cheese, grapes, strawberries, bananas, crackers… the list can go on and on.  However I’m not a supermom and do rely on jarred food quite a bit.  I must admit Alex loves the beef and alphabet pasta in a jar – he just inhales it! 

But in an attempt to save money, make more healthy meals, and to turn into supermom, I’ve been pureeing and freezing vegetables and meats.  Right now on the stove I have a pot of carrots boiling.  Yesterday was sweet potatoes, and a few days ago was squash.  Simply puree the mixture of your choice, put into an ice cube tray, freeze, and then remove from tray and put into a labelled freezer bag – Simple!  And you have many more meals – for instance the bag of carrots was $1.50 – and it will make about 20+ vegetable servings – much cheaper than the jarred stuff!

There are a lot of fancy purees and baby food mixtures you can make – just check out the recipee section at your local library – the 641.5622  section.  I enjoy the Annabel Karmel books – and yes – she has a website!  http://www.annabelkarmel.com/  Great recipes and ideas for all age groups.  Can’t wait to try some more!

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8 responses

  1. I think its best to make your own baby foods , I had just started my baby on organic jars of food .Yesterday he had some sort of reaction. I’m not sure if it was the food but it was the last thing he had eaten. I took him strait to the doctor who then sent us to the local hospital. he developed a rash that had spread rapidly within two hours. We ended up staying in overnight and were given the all clear in the morning. I am going to make my own baby food from now on just so that I know what goes into it.

  2. Have you considered steaming the veg instead? Not only does it preserve taste, but more importantly it keeps a LOT more of the nutrients and vitamins inside the vegetables, rather than having them leach out into the water that you pour down the sink…. Boiling veg removes practically all the vitamin C for example. I remember the experiment we did to test it at high school.

  3. We’ve made nearly *every* meal for Olive from scratch. Now, I can’t toot my own horn b/c Adam is the chef in our family. But it’s been so nice to buy organic produce and cook it for her, knowing EXACTLY what’s in it.
    And have you ever tasted the jarred stuff? Even the organic food is so terribly bland. It tastes like paste. We bought maybe a dozen jars just for emergencies and we are thankful they are gone.
    Have you given Alex avocado? Olive inhales it and the bonus is, we get guacamole! 🙂

  4. good for you! i made all of theo and emmett’s baby foods, too, and i plan to do it to help rubin get used to what we eat, too. so far it sounds like he’s only eating rice cereal and “mushed apples” (another translation that i loved…) so we’ll have a lot of work to do. we used the super baby food books. i haven’t heard of annabel karmel. will have to look her up. thanks, yet again, for the resource!!

  5. Krista– everybody has their own idea about how to feed their babies. What works for some people doesn’t always work for others! Do what works best for you and if you have to rely on jars a bit, don’t feel bad!! I am now feeding Adam whatever meals we eat, pureed in the Magic Bullet, and he loves it. He can handle spices pretty well and we’ve been SUPER lucky that we have not seen any allergies displayed yet.

  6. Did you know that you can buy at Zehrs sweet potato and squash alredy peeled and cut up? You just have to steam or boil then puree! I found it saved a ton of time as you didn’t have a lot of prep to do. It is in that round section when you first enter the veg area, where they have the pre made salads and cut up fruit. I also microwaved some of the vegs before pureeing to save time. Worked great as well.

  7. We’re curious to see where our guy is food-wise when he comes home… right now he’s only on formula and broth. I bought some awesome food for toddler books the other day that I can’t wait to try out!

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