Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Now that we're doing solids with Liam, it was time to blow the dust off of the food processor and fire that thing back up! I made a bunch of Jake's food when he was a baby, and it was so easy that I had no hesitation in doing it again. So far, we've made peas, carrots, peaches, bananas and pears. (and so far, he's loved all of that food) Here is a quick picture tutorial, just in case you're curious about making your own food.
Cook the veggies as you normally would:
Catch the water when you drain the veggies to use for thinning the food out once it's in the processor (the water has some of the nutrients that are lost in the cooking process). I find it's easiest to just put a mixing bowl with a pouring spout directly under the strainer:
Put peas into processor, add water as necessary...blend it up!
Once you have the right consistency, spoon the food into ice cube trays (each cube is about an ounce), cover with saran wrap and freeze:
Pop the frozen cubes out of trays, place into ziploc bags for freezer storage:
So simple!! And so cost effective---the bag of peas was $1.06, and I got 22 oz of food out of it. Earth's Best baby food runs around .60/jar for stage 1 baby food (2.5 oz), so 22 oz of jarred baby food would run me about $5.40. That's a savings of $4.34 for less than 10 minutes of work.