Have you ever tried baby food? If you have, then you know how awful it can taste. They don’t taste anything like the advertised fruit or vegetable, well at least to me. Personally, I want my little one ( LO) to enjoy eating fruit and veggies. I believe if she is introduced to real tasting fruit and veggies she will enjoy them as she grows.
The book shown above is what I use for most of my recipes. I know that it’s free to search the internet, but I like the convenience of having a book in my kitchen while cooking. All the recipes in this book have been a hit with my LO. In the beginning, we tried sweet potatoes, carrots, and apples. Miss E is a great eater, once she got the hang of eating with the spoon. She was on a roll. Now there is no stopping her.
When making baby food for the first time, there are a few things to remember
- Remember to make the consistency smooth enough for the baby’s body to digest food for the first time. Since the baby’s body has only had to digest breast milk or formula the baby food needs to be pureed to a very smooth soupy consistency.
- If the veggie or fruit is fibrous, make sure you purchase some cheese cloth or a fine strainer. I found that food such as green peas and green beans needed to be strained because of the waxy coat on the outer pod.
- Make the food in big enough batches.
- Allow your baby to test each food for at least 3 to 7 days. This time frame is to ensure that the baby doesn’t have a food allergy. Watch out for skin rashes, changes in eating habits, and any changes in bowel movement.
- Also, try making a chart or list of foods that your baby has tried.
Products you may want to purchase to make the process easier
- Storage containers
- Wooden Spoons
- Food processor or good quality blender. I am using the NutriBullet.
- Ice Trays, to freezer leftover purees.
- Baby Food System. I am using the Kiinde Foodii System, and the Infantino Fresh Squeeze.
- Ziploc bags
- Vegetable peeler
Here is how I make Miss E’s applesauce
- Wash and dry the apples
- Peel the apples
- Cut them into cubes
- Add approx a half cup of water to the saucepan, with the apples.
- Bring to a boil, them turn down to simmer until soft and golden.
- Cover and continue to simmer until your desired tenderness.
- When you are finished take the pan off the heat and allow the apples to cool. Don’t discard the liquid.
- Transfer the apples and liquid to your blender or food processor.
- BLEND you heart out until you reach your desired consistency
(Optional: I add to pinch of cinnamon)
There you have it…yummy applesauce!(This is a picture of squash)
Stay tuned for more baby food recipes, and tips.
Now get up and dance with your baby! Have fun and enjoy one of Miss E’s favorite songs!
Peace and love
( I am not knocking anyone who chooses to purchases their baby’s food. This is just my experience and my choice.)