I have started solids for my little one, and have decided to try to make her my own baby food whenever I get a chance. I don’t have time to make it every day, so I make a bunch and freeze it to use throughout the week.
Making baby food is actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I just put the combination of fruits and veggies that I want and throw it in my blender (add a little water for desired texture,) pour into ice cube trays, freeze. Then store my frozen baby food into my Hefty® freezer bags and label then with the date and which flavor they are and my babe has food for the rest of the week.
Some of the flavors I like to make are:
- Avocado, banana, spinach
- Banana, sweet potato, pear
- Sweet potato, spinach
- Green beans, spinach, avocado
- Banana, blueberry, apple
- Plum, spinach
- Butternut squash, avocado
Of course any combination is delicious and my baby eats it up!
When you are preparing to blend the sweet potatoes, butternut squash or green beans, you want to pre-cook them so they are soft and easy to blend.
Bake the butternut squash and sweet potato. Poke them with a fork, wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
For the pears and apples, you want to cook them to softness first too. Peel and cut into slices. Steam in your steamer pot, or you can place in the microwave in a shallow bowl with a little bit of water and cover. Microwave for 3 minutes and check for tenderness. If it needs a little more time, cook an additional 30 – 60 sec.
Mark your Hefty® freezer bag with the date and name of the baby food, add cubes of baby food and voila! Food for a week! Your frozen cubes will last up to three months. Each cube is about 1 ounce of food. I take out what I need for the next day and put in the refrigerator to defrost. Or if you need to thaw right from the freezer, place the cubes in a glass bowl, and cook power 50% for about 45 – 60 seconds. Make sure it cools before you feed to baby.
I get my Hefty® freezer bags at Walmart and I love that they are cheaper than Ziplock. I also like that Hefty® Slider Bags are strong thanks to the MaxLock® track design. I don’t have to worry about any baby food leaks, I have enough to clean up with a messy face! 🙂
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