Since I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to make my own baby food. I wanted to know exactly what was going in my baby’s food, I wanted to be able to decide what went in it, and selfishly, I wanted to play around with different foods to create meals for my child. I love to cook and thoroughly enjoy creating delicious (and nutritious) meals for others. So why NOT make my own baby food? Plus, I have the ability to be a stay at home mom so while Jax is taking naps once a week, I make his meals. I imagine it would be much different if I had a job outside of Jackson.
Our first experiment with homemade baby food was pureed sweet potatoes. He loved it! And it was quite simple to make. I followed the exact same steps to make his second “big boy” food, pureed carrots, which we’ll introduce this week.
First, I boiled water.
Then I added baby carrots (or when I made sweet potatoes I first peeled them, cut out the “belly buttons” as I call them and then chopped them into small pieces.
I boiled them on medium high for 10-20 minutes, or until tender. It really depends on the amount of water/vegetable you use and type of vegetable.
When they were done, I drained them and added them to my Baby Bullet (basically a food processor).
I pureed them in the bullet until they had a smooth consistency (cheat: I bought one jar of baby food and used it as a tester. I took a small amount form the jar, rubbed it between my fingers and then matched my own baby food to the same consistency).
I then added 4oz of mama’s milk (formula would also work) and stirred until well blended.
I poured the mixture into the mini cups that come with the Baby Bullet (any similar sized container would work) and placed them in the fridge.
TADA! A week’s worth of food in 25 minutes 🙂