Making Baby Food at Home

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.

Baby Food pear mold

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.

Baby Food apple prep

Then you place these in a pan with a bit of water. Cover and simmer until apples are soft, about 30 minutes.

Baby Food apple steam

Two apples gave me about 1 1/3 cup of fruit and water up to the 3/4 line.

Make Your Own Baby Food

I blended these using my Cuisinart Immersion Blender, which I love and made this super easy. No bulky blender needed here.

Baby Food apple puree

Then, the puree gets transferred to an ice cube tray and frozen. Done!

Baby Food apple mold

I also made some pear puree which pretty much follows the same steps as with the apple.

Baby Food pear prep

Two pears came to 1 1/3 cups of fruit plus water up to the 1/3 cup line.

Baby Food pear amounts

Once pureed, it was about 1 cup worth of food.

Baby Food pear puree

The batch of peas was a little bit more work. I used frozen peas and microwaved them according to package directions.

Baby Food peas prep

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.

Baby Food peas strain

Once again, they got frozen in an ice cube tray.

Baby Food peas mold

Once frozen, remove from tray and place in a freezer bag or container.

Baby Food bag

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.

Baby Food

Once she’s done with single flavors, I’m excited to try out some flavor combos!

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