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Sarahknavy 09-09-2011 02:03 PM

Everything "Baby Food"
 
What blender/food processor?
How much do you make at a time? How often?
What container do you store it in (freezer/fridge)?

Give a quick run through of the process and what foods you use.
How old is your baby and how much/ how often does he/she eat?


I am looking to get my sister a food processor/blender for Christmas and want to spend less that 75 dollars. I am also interested in the rest for my own child.


*I am not interested in advice about BLW*

EmilytheStrange 09-09-2011 03:12 PM

Re: Everything "Baby Food"
 
I bought a kidco - it's about $30, I think. It worked great.
I made a ton at a time if you ask me :) would fill up a silicone brownie tray (that I froze the cubes in) atleast once or twice. I don't think you'd want to make too much of one thing at a time because you're going to vary what they eat and you don't want it to get freezer burnt or old. (I think most of it is supposed to last 6 months or something).

I froze them in the tray and then put them in a ziplock bag and then put all the ziplock bags in a big gallon bag. I put fruit in one gallon bag, veggies in another, etc.

When I needed to defrost the night before, I used special little baby food containers with twist tops that I bought, but that's unnecessary. any tupperware will work. We have glass pimento jars that I also use from time to time. I think they're similar to the size of babyfood jars, but I don't know.

My child wouldn't accept baby food until 7 or 8 months. and even then, she only ate about maybe.. 3 ounces a day. I started with 1 meal (when they're in the best mood) and move up as you feel like you should.

We puree'd:
-sweetpotatoes
-acorn squash
-carrots
-parsnips
-green beans
-peas
-cauliflower
-potatoes
-broccoli
-spinach
-asparagus
-blueberries
-apples
-pears

also mushed, but not puree'd, avocadoes and bananas. Possibly other things, I really don't remember.

If you're set on purees, I recommend the book 'First Foods'. It'll help you with the more complicated (although very simple) recipes such as baby versions of spaghetti (as opposed to just pureeing spaghetti), etc. It also follows through with great recipes for self feeders, toddlers and preschoolers. So you can avoid the whole 'mac n cheese', 'chicken strips', 'grilled cheese' cycle. Which are good and all, but you want your kid to have more variety. It also has menus for age groups so that if you really just want to follow the book, you can make sure your toddler is getting all the right vitamins and nutrients over the course of a week/month.

HTH

EmilytheStrange 09-09-2011 03:14 PM

Re: Everything "Baby Food"
 
also, some good websites are:

http://www.babyfood101.com/
http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/
http://www.chow.com/stories/11562
http://blog.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/

Sarahknavy 09-09-2011 03:41 PM

Re: Everything "Baby Food"
 
Thank you. this was exactly what I am looking for.

myoo 09-11-2011 06:36 PM

Re: Everything "Baby Food"
 
We're getting ready to start solids and I just started making and freezing some purees. I'm freezing them in silicone ice cube trays that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond and they work great! Each cube is 1 oz. and they pop right out when frozen so I can transfer them to a freezer bag.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...p?SKU=17293010


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