Why do I make homemade baby food?
To me, one of the ways to make me feel like a better mom is providing my children with good food with good nutrition for their well being and growth. Making my own homemade baby food is one of the ways that makes me feel like a better mom.
Ensuring the best ingredients are being utilized for the best nutrition values is important. It also helps to save money, too. 4 lb of sweet potatoes (assuming it is $1/lbs) will produce approximately 30 servings of my baby consumption (approximately 4-5 tablespoons of sweet potato puree per serving). The store bought baby food jar is priced at $0.75-$1.50 per jar.
It is totally worth it considering the quality control of the baby food quality is in my own hand. Woot!
What do I use to make homemade baby food?
Tools: Steamer Basket, stick immersion blender / food processor, BPA-Free ice cube trays with lids, spoon/fork, a big glass bowl for mashing/pureeing, a very fine mesh strainer, freezer ziploc bags (I use my leftover Lasinoh Mother’s Milk storage bags), and a permanent marker to label the bags.
How do I make homemade baby food?
I like making a big batch of baby food puree and store it ahead for future consumption. I steam the vegetables and sometimes fruits (i.e. Sweet Potatoes – my favorite, Butternut Squash, Pumpkins, Apples, and Peaches) until they are soft, then I puree the steamed and peeled vegetables/fruits with my stick imersion blender. Many moms I know use blender/food processors, some even mash the food by hand with the potato masher – this takes a lot of time. When I get the right puree consistency, I let the puree cools down a bit before I pour it into the BPA-free baby food ice cube trays with lids (I use mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit), and freeze them.
When the purees have been frozen in the trays, I pop up the cubes, and store them in a freezer bag, and I label the bag with type of food and their ‘manufacturing date’. This will help to free up the ice cube trays for the next batch of baby food. Labeling the bags also helps me to know what is in the bag and keep track of how long the food frozen cubes have been sitting in the freezer. I use the “First In, First out” method. I keep the baby food cubes for a maximum of 3 months.
When my baby is ready to eat, I take the frozen cubes out of the freezer bag, thaw, and serve them with my baby’s favorite cereal, and mix in breastmilk/formula to achieve the desired consistency.
mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit Review
mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit contains:
- Two stackable baby food freezer trays and lids
- Each tray has 21 cubes for maximum storage, each cube is about 2 tablespoons or 1 oz.
- An online recipe book with e-guide how to get started.
Anyone who ever uses an ice cube tray would know how to use this baby food freezer tray.
What I love about mumi&bubi freezer trays is their snug fit lid and trays which will prevent unnecessary spill and freezer burn. The freezer trays are dish washer safe. They are also stackable, which helps to save the precious freezer space. I feel safe using mumi&bubi freezer trays because I know they are BPA and PVC free.
Buy mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit
You can buy the mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit for only at $29.99 per kit (Note: Hurry! It is on sale at amazon.com for $25.00 per kit), mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit is an investment which will pay for itself.) You can also buy it on Amazon.com.
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Updated: 10-8-11 Winner Announced: Erin Slattery
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