I never thought I’d be one of those moms. You know, one of those moms. The ones who make all of their own baby food from scratch. I didn’t understand the need or–quite simply, how moms even found the time between all of the crying, diaper changes and cleaning! I would kind of give them that weird look, like they were super over-achievers or something.
Looking back, maybe I was just jealous!
I went through the aisles with my first born, grabbing the best quality jarred baby food I could find. I used Earth’s Best Organic, which I felt pretty good about. There were no sketchy fillers or preservatives, which I liked.
Problems With Store-Bought Baby Food
- There are limited organic options in any of the supermarkets. Nothing else I could find was organic.
- It is pricey; $1.49 and up for one tiny 4 oz. jar of food. That really adds up!!
- Preservatives are still needed in jarred foods and pouches
Organic Baby Food Made Easy
So, as a second-time Mom-to-be, I threw a Baby Bullet on my “Baby Sprinkle” registry. I had good intentions at least, right?
The Baby Bullet sat in the box, un-used for awhile in my closet. After my second child started solids, I took a few rounds of baby food trips before realizing that it just wasn’t worth it.
So I dusted off the cobwebs and took out my Baby Bullet, ready to go! Having this complete baby food system really helped me get over my irrational stigma that baby food making was tedious and difficult!
Peeking inside the box, I found an awesome user manual and cookbook. Also known as the homemade baby food book for dummies, haha.
The manual broke down baby’s first food recommendations, feeding schedule ideas, how much to make, great puree combinations and how of course to work all of the equipment.
Organic Spinach & Apple Puree
- 1 Organic Red Delicious Apple
- 1 Handful Organic Baby Spinach
- 1/8 cup Breast Milk (or water)
Servings: 3- 2oz. containers
Peel and core the apple and cut into small pieces. Rinse the baby spinach with cold water. Add both into a blender or Baby Bullet.
Add 1/8 cup breast milk. Blend until you reach desired consistency.
If you are using the Baby Bullet, do not run for more than a minute straight. Keep pulsating the batch until the consistency is desired.
Ta-da! Done! All under 5 minutes straight.
Organic Carrot & Green Squash Puree
- 2 Organic Carrots
- 1/2 Organic Green Squash
- 1/8 Cup Breast Milk (or water)
Servings: 3-2oz. containers
Peel carrots and squash and cut off ends. The vegetables need to be softened before blending, so use a steamer.
If you do not have a steamer, put 1-2 inches of water in the bottom of a pot and bring to a boil.
Then, put a strainer or similar on top (like shown in photo), but make sure it does not touch the boiling water, or you will be boiling the vegetables instead of steaming them!
Cut the carrots and squash into smaller pieces and put the vegetable pieces in the strainer and let them steam for about 15-20 minutes or under tender. (Stick a fork or knife in them and if it comes out with ease, the vegetables are soft enough)
Let vegetables cool a few minutes and then put them in the blender or bullet. If you are using water instead of breast milk, use the water that you used for the steaming, so you can save water and add any lost nutrients back into the puree.
So the next time I feel like throwing the evil eye at those DIY baby food makin’ mamas, I think I will keep those looks to myself. It turns out that it’s cheaper, you get more food for your money and the end result is more nutrient dense than jarred food.
Do you make your own baby food? Do you buy jars at the store? What’s your favorite baby puree combination?
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
XOXO NATURALLY NICOLE
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