Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baby Food Making

I saw this cool babyfood maker when i was pregnant and thought it would be fun to make my own babyfood. My parents got it for me for one of my showers and I couldn't wait to use it.
It steams the veggies or fruit then purees them to make the food. Last night I decided to give it a whirl with my friend Crystal who's baby Carsyn is 11 weeks older than Cason. She will be ready for solid food soon and I can just save mine in the freezer until Cason is ready.

We researched the best food for 6 month olds and choose to make Butternut squash, zucchini, apple, pea, and sweet potato purees. Here is crystal preparing the squash that has been roasted. Most of the items have to be steamed except the squash and potato which needed to be roasted (thanks to nanny Linda we had that ready for us when we started). So we started steaming and pureeing the veggies and putting them in ice cube trays to freeze.

Here's our finished products. HOw long do you think all of this took? 4 hours?

Wrong! We started around 6:20 and we were done before 8:30... including most of the cleanup. It was so easy and so much fun. I want to puree everything now. I just finished popping out the purees into plastic bags and I think that was the hardest part. My friend at work gave me some peaches from her yard and I think i'm going to make peach puree.
All you really need is a steamer basket and a food processor but the babyfood maker sure does make it easy becuase you can do everything in one pot and it's easy to clean up. A great web site is Nuture Baby if you want to see some recipes. At this stage, it's not really a recipe so much as "cut zucchini, steam, puree". Eventually it gets more complex.
If you need any babyfood making tips or want to join in the fun, let me know. It's more fun to work with a friend so we may be having babyfood parties once a month!


Connie said...

That looks like a really neat contraption. It would have come in handy with my girls when I attempted to make their food. Mia's favorite was avocado. Mine too :)

Steph H. said...

I would love to come make baby food with you guys and your cool baby food maker! Chloe isn't eating food yet, but the time is coming.

Anjolee said...

I SO want that little thing. They are expensive! I have been eyeing them on ebay for weeks now! You rock!

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