Last week we started feeding Olivia solid food. She’s been eating her oatmeal cereal pretty well, so we decided to try solid foods. Her first one was sweet potatoes and she loved them. It was pretty fun to see her reaction to this new flavor. Right now, we’re feeding her oatmeal during the week and a veggie or fruit during the weekends, to give her enough time in between to see if she creates any allergic reaction to these new foods. So far, I’m working on making my own baby food at home and I hope to do this until it gets too overwhelming. Food prepping and freezing is the way to go right now. It might take a little bit of time, but it’s actually quite easy.
This last Sunday, I dedicated some time to do some baby food prepping. To make pureed apple, you first have to peel the apple and cut the meat in chunks. No seeds or core go into the baby food.
Then you place these in a pan with a bit of water. Cover and simmer until apples are soft, about 30 minutes.
Two apples gave me about 1 1/3 cup of fruit and water up to the 3/4 line.
I blended these using my Cuisinart Immersion Blender, which I love and made this super easy. No bulky blender needed here.
Then, the puree gets transferred to an ice cube tray and frozen. Done!
I also made some pear puree which pretty much follows the same steps as with the apple.
Two pears came to 1 1/3 cups of fruit plus water up to the 1/3 cup line.
Once pureed, it was about 1 cup worth of food.
The batch of peas was a little bit more work. I used frozen peas and microwaved them according to package directions.
Once cooked and pureed, I strained them to separate the meaty flesh. This is only necessary for younger babies. Once a bit older, she’ll be able to eat the flesh just fine.
Once again, they got frozen in an ice cube tray.
Once frozen, remove from tray and place in a freezer bag or container.
Make sure to label with the name of the item and date, since these will only last about 6 months in the freezer. Once ready to eat, just thaw out and water down with breast milk or formula if consistency is too thick. Feed to baby at room temperature.
Once she’s done with single flavors, I’m excited to try out some flavor combos!