So now that Lizzie has reached the ripe ol’ age of 6 months we’re starting to introduce her to the wonderful world of solid foods. I love this part, especially to see all the funny faces they make when trying a new food.
I haven’t been able to capture the funny faces on this one yet. Just the sweet innocent look. Which she has perfected, the little
And in the interest of feeding my kids better quality food and saving money, one of the best ways I can do that for Lizzie is to make my own baby food. I probably made about 30% of the baby food I fed to Carlie when she was a baby, about 70% for Maddie, and I hope to make it to 90% or more for Lizzie.
Yes, I think in terms of percents. It’s the math nerd in me.
But with Lizzie I also hope to use mostly organic. I never worried that much about organic for the other two. The organic movement wasn’t nearly as prevalent as it is today and I hadn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. I feel like I have another chance to start her off right and not put chemicals and other unnatural ingredients in her body at this young age where so many important changes are happening to her body.
And making baby food is so easy. In fact, I made a whole bunch this weekend. There are tons of websites out there with recipes on how to make baby food, but ultimately you’re just cooking food and blending it with water into a consistency that a baby can eat.
Super duper simple.
I freeze the puree in ice cube trays then dump into plastic ziplock bags or tupperware containers and store in the freezer. Each cube is about 1 oz, so you can defrost as many or as few as you need at each meal time.
Since Lizzie is just starting out I just made a bunch of simple, single food purees. This weekend was carrots, sweet potatoes, and apples. Make that sweet potatoes (2), apples and carrots, to correspond to order of appearance below.
I have some pears and bananas still ripening. And I need to see if I can get organic peas and green beans in the freezer section of Whole Foods this week.
To make more complex flavors I just mix several different purees together and/or add spices such as oregano, basil or thyme to vary it up a bit as she gets older. I strongly believe exposing babies to new tastes, flavors and textures at this young age is instrumental in developing their desire and willingness to try and like new foods as they grow.
Next to tackle is meat. This is where I struggle. I’d love to buy antibiotic free, free range meat to cook for her. But it seems crazy to buy it when we’ll just be pureeing it, and given that because of cost I won’t even buy it for the rest of us. I need to ponder this one a while.
I also need to see about making our own cereal, like perhaps grinding down regular oatmeal to make it baby-food consistency. Because I hate spending $2 or more on an 8 oz box of baby oatmeal when I can get 42 oz regular oatmeal for less than $2.
I enjoy cooking and feeding my children, but I’m sooooo looking forward to when she eats table food with us. The sooner the better, if you ask me. That’s why I keep giving her Cheerios every time she’s at the high chair even though she never picks it up. She will someday.
Did you make your own baby food? If so what was your or your child’s favorite flavor combination?