Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Baby Food Tips!

All is going well in the land of baby food! Lou loves her food. her daycare teachers tell us daily that she gobbles it up! This is also evidences by her 2lb weight gain in a month!!!
Thus far we have tried carrots, peas, green beans/applesauce combo, spinach, parsnips, peaches, pears, sweet potatos, corn, and today the addition of blueberries with the peaches. We have yet to try the cherries!
Over the weekend I made a month's worth (or just about) of baby food. My cousin's sweet wife, Kathy had given us some of her surplus a month ago. Because of my busy schedule I was not able to make my own when Lou started eating it. We have gone through most of cousin's Garret's surplus and I decided it was time to make my own!
It is very economical and really only takes about 2 hours.
The process is simple. Take fresh or frozen veggies and fruit, cook them, puree them, and if needed strain them (corn, blueberries, and cherries). After letting them cool I put them in ice cube trays and freeze them. Unfrozen, the food lasts for 72 hours in the fridge. Frozen, it lasts up to 3 months. I do season lightly with salt and pepper so that Lou will be used to seasoned food! If the food is of a bland variety (green beans for example), I add 100% fruit juice (apple usually) as cooking liquid to impart flavor.

Here are pictures!

So as you can see the ice cube trays are full of yummy goodness for Lou! When I am getting ready for the next day I take out 2 cubes (which is a perfect serving) and defrost overnight in the fridge.
I found the most perfect containers to hold her food with hot pink lids. I found them in the dollar bin at Target. There were 6 containers for $1. How great is that!?!

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