Baby Food Marathon

One of the things I wanted to do for Hazel was make her baby food when she was old enough to finally eat solids.  Since breastfeeding and natural childbirth didn’t work out for us, this was something I didn’t want to let fall to the wayside because buying food is so much more “convenient.”  

My first step was getting a cook book, because I truly had no idea where to start.  I looked up the first chapter, or the easy recipes, and decided it really was something I could do.  It’s surprisingly very easy, and really a shame that more moms don’t do this for their babies.  Of course David and I have it pretty easy;  We already have the knives, pots and pans, and a ninja professional blender.  The only thing I didn’t have was a steamer basket, so again I used my Amazon Prime to get one for seven dollars.  

Anyway, it was a fun adventure for David and me.  We chopped all the raw fruits and veggies (some were harder than others, I mean have you ever tried peeling a plum!?) and then steamed them, or in a few cases put them straight into the blender raw.  Sweet potatoes were baked.  It did take probably six hours in total, and I still have probably an additional hour tomorrow to take the baby food out of the freezer, label it and put each serving into a freezer bag, and then put it back in the freezer.  But the food will last for up to 8 weeks and it seems so much healthier for her, so totally worth a days’ work.  All in all we made blueberry, apple, pear, plum, mango, green bean, pea, cauliflower, and sweet potato baby food.  Here are a few pictures we took today.

Getting some freezer bags ready

Getting some freezer bags ready

Pears and Green Beans

Pears and Green Beans

We needed some Dos Equis to make it through

We needed some Dos Equis to make it through

Breaking out some servings to put in the individual freezer bags

Breaking out some servings to put in the individual freezer bags

Individual servings

Individual servings

Pureeing some blueberries

Pureeing some blueberries

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She loved watching us, though we did most of this during her nap times.

She loved watching us, though we did most of this during her nap times.

Cooking some carrots and steaming some cauliflower

Cooking some carrots and steaming some cauliflower

Watching us intently

Watching us intently

 

 

© Carli Garrison and cllgarrison, 2014

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