Let’s talk making homemade baby food with fruit.
When our firstborn was ready to add baby food to her diet, I had this wild hair idea that I should make it for her. It’s not like I am super passionate about cooking, and I really don’t remember why I had this idea, but it made sense to me then and it still does, which is why I am making food for our second baby now.
If you are intimidated by this idea like I was, please stay with me. It is much, much easier than you think. If I can do it, you can do it. 🙂
First, you will need a couple kitchen tools…
- A cutting board
- knife – can use your husband’s best survival knife too (I sometimes do)
- large pot
- steaming basket
- blender with a food processor attachment
- ice trays
Today I noticed that I was running low on fruit for the baby. So I looked in the fridge and found a pear, five apples, and three bananas.
There is really no right or wrong way to figuring how much you need of each fruit. The main point of the banana is to give it a thick consistency. You can do any combination you want though! See how easy it is?!
After I washed the apples and pears, I cut and cored them.
Next, I filled the bottom of my large pan with about two inches of water, and inserted my steaming basket.
Then I put all of the chopped fruit into the pot and steamed it on the stove for about 10 minutes on high.
The reason I did this was to soften things up so that the fruit purée would have an applesauce-like consistency. When the fruit was easily pierced with my fork, I knew it was ready to come off the stove.
After removing the pot from heat, I peeled one banana and put it inside the food processor with two scoops of steamed fruit.
I put on the lid and puréed the fruit until it looked like this:
Next, I was able to spoon the purée into my ice trays and place in the freezer. I repeated the previous steps until all the fruit was mixed and spooned into trays. It filled up 2 1/2 standard ice trays.
When the cubes are good and solid, I like to pop them out and put them into quart sized freezer ziplock bags. One bag easily holds one tray worth of baby food.
To thaw, I usually do two or three at a time in the microwave. I put them in on high for 30 seconds, stir, and heat for another 20 seconds if needed. Every morning I thaw two in the microwave with a little water, and add quick cook oats to make a fruity oatmeal breakfast for our eight month old, baby moo. She gobbles it up and sometimes I like to steal a bite too!
A couple of the great things about making your own baby food is that it tastes much better (to me) than the store bought stuff, it doesn’t have preservatives, it is fresher, and it’s cheaper. I would love to hear your ideas!