I had the mindset of making all of the baby food for my little one and I did it! I found some quick tips along the way that made the process a lot easier and faster. I did it all without buying any of products designed just for making baby food so everything can be reused! Read on to find out how I made my baby food! I also have an attached grocery list and some of the combinations I have discovered along the way!
I really wish I could tell you that I make all of Tinley’s baby food and that’s all she eats but I can’t at all. She did baby led weaning without me even trying. She has pouches of food here or there that I started making but she needs to be independent.
She’s been like this ever since she was a baby she held her bottle really early and as soon as she started food she wanted to snatch her spoon away from us. As a mama I’m proud and sad I wanted to have that time with her but I am happy that she loves doing it herself. Nonetheless I do make her baby food and I have created a system in how I make it, store it and now serve it to my little nugget.
Here are the supplies I use:
Microwave safe bowl
When it comes to preparing the baby food I used to use a steamer basket but then I found it was much easier and faster in the microwave. Just put a little bit of water with the fruit or vegetable pop it in for three minutes and that’s it. The substance is ready to be mashed or puréed. Some things like potatoes, sweet potatoes and chicken I do boil in a large pot. I usually make huge batches at a time so I have a freezer pretty well stocked.
I use a regular old Ninja to make her baby food and sometimes I use the blender or food processor attachment but most of the time I just use the personal size. I love using it because I can put on the cap and pour it into the freezer trays. Some recipes you may have to add a little more water or breastmilk/formula to make it the right consistency but that is based on your judgement.
For the freezer trays you can either get a fancy one with a lid already or just put plain ole’ plastic wrap tightly on top. I used both and I prefer the one with the lid but the others are only $1 for 2 so you can’t go wrong with that price. Once the chunks of baby goop is completely frozen I put them into marked freezer bags.
Like I said I usually take out a whole day to make a bunch of different flavors and mix them when I unthaw them. I usually nuke them for 30 seconds from frozen and they are perfect.
I did get the pouches you can fill yourself but they are difficult for her to squeeze herself so of course she hates them. I recommend to unthaw your cubes in a bowl before putting them in the pouch. They are freezer safe but not microwave safe, you could also put them in bottle warmer/bowl of hot water if you do want to freeze the pouch.
I will include some of Tinley’s favorite combos as well as my grocery list and if you have any combos leave them in the comments below I would love to try new ones!
Grocery List & Favorite Combonations
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