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Old 09-09-2011, 03:12 PM   #2
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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.

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