When I was pregnant, we talked about the way we would do everything once P was here. We were only going to feed her breastmilk then switch to organic food that we made ourselves. It’s funny how we plan things out and then how they actually happen. If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that P is allergic to milk protein so the breastmilk thing was thrown out the window. We also bought her food to try it out which worked really well for us. It actually still works for us but I wanted to try my hand at making her food.
I had a couple of moms suggest a food processor over a blender but if I didn’t end up liking the DIY approach I didn’t want to be stuck with a processor. I’ve also wanted to get a blender to create smoothies in the morning so I went with a blender instead. I researched them for a little while and the Ninja Professional was my obvious choice. The reviews were all great, it could puree, make smoothies, and best of all was dishwasher safe. The downfall of my juicing days was due to the disgusting mess it would leave behind to be hand washed.
The next thing I needed to do was to get some storage containers and ingredients. I asked a friend and fellow mama what she suggested and she sent me the Elbee 613 Coolest 15-Cube Silicone Ice Tray – 2-Piece Mold Set (which I still might get) and the OXO Tot 12-Piece Baby Blocks Set, which is for storing the food after it’s made. The silicone tray was to freeze the cubes of baby food so you can just pop them out and warm them up when the baby is hungry (amazing idea). I ended up getting the NUK version of the silicone tray the NUK Flexible Freezer Tray and Lid because I saw them on a trip to HEB and they were close enough without having to wait on them to get here 2 days later. The downside to the NUK version is that there are only 6 slots which is an ounce each so I bought two of them.
On my ingredients list was one thing, carrots. P loves carrots and I knew that if she would eat mushy mama made carrots she would try anything. If I gave her strawberry and banana, she would gobble it down like desert so carrots were definitely the way to go with her.
Here is how I made her food:
- 5 pounds of carrots
- 4 apples
- NUK Flexible Freezer Tray (2) or other storage container
- Vegetable peeler
- Fondue Pot (can be used to steam vegetables)
- Cut off carrot ends
- Peel carrots
- Cut up carrots into similar sized chunks
- Fill bottom of fondue pot with water half way
- Put pot on the stove and cover
- Put the peeled carrots in the part of the fondue pot that has holes
- Once the lid is steamy remove it and put the piece that has holes in the pot
- Cover the pot
- Put a timer on for 20 minutes
- Peel 4 apples
- Cut the apples up (not including the core)
- Check the carrots with a fork to see if they can be easily smashed
- Pour the carrots into a bowl to let them cool (leave the water in the pot)
- Once they have cooled down so they aren’t hot to the touch put them in the blender
- Put the apple pieces in the blender
- Put the blender on the puree setting
- Begin blending
- To make the consistency more liquid, use some of the carrot water from the pot pouring in small amounts (1/4 cup) until the consistency is that of baby food
- After the food is completely blended remove the pitcher from the blender
- Using the spoon scoop out amounts and fill the NUK cubes
- After the NUK cubes are full put the lids on and put them in the freezer
The NUK container squares are each 1 ounce so when we feed P we pop out 2 cubes and warm them up in the microwave.
If you warm the cubes in the microwave, you want to be sure to check the heat with your finger. If you don’t check the temperature you could feed the baby food that burns the baby’s mouth.
P has been loving her food and although it doesn’t have as much liquid consistency as her regular baby food she eats it no problem. We had previously tried the “bits” Gerber food and she would spit out the bit chunks. The carrots and apples don’t have chunks in them but it is more solid and she’s doing great eating it.
We are still in our first month but I can definitely see us doing this every month for her. If you try it out or have other tips and tricks for me to try let me know.