Thursday, June 18, 2009

how to make baby food

So, today I made Jackson some baby food. I thought it was actually really quick and easy, so I will definitely be doing it again. A big part of it was the fact that for a little itty bitty jar of baby food it's 47 cents. As if it isn't bad enough we pay $25 a week for formula, not to mention diapers. A friend of mine (Kelly) made some for her son and it gave me the push I needed to make some of my own. Today I just made carrots and butternut squash. But I plan on doing peas, green beans and a few others, soon. So here's what I did.

I cooked the squash, cut in three sections, (but that was mostly on accident because it was so hard to get my knife through, so it slipped lol) on a sheet pan in about an inch of water at 350 for 45 minutes.

Then I cut off the skins and cubed it.

Pureed it and added some water (I will say that the carrots needed more water and more pureeing than the squash).

He's obviously excited about this whole process...

This is the carrots pureed. I just peeled and chopped them then cooked them on the stove. I didn't add enough water when I pureed them so I will probably end up adding more when I heat them up.

I used my pampered chef scoop. It is the perfect size if you over-fill it. Then I covered them with saran wrap and they are freezing right now.

A 2 lb bag of carrots made two ice cube trays full. I read on a website that each spot is about 1 ounce. So that makes sense because I got 2 trays of each 16 cubes/ounces.

He definitely enjoyed the eating part more than the cooking process. :D


andrea said...

we are going to be making baby food too - um, b/c i am cheap and we pay $25 a 12oz CAN for formula!! so ya, i am glad it went well for you guys :)

Danifred said...

You've just inspired me! Every time I buy the food, I think to myself, "Why don't I make this?" Now that I'm in between jobs, I'm going to stock up! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Mama Reg said...

AWWWWW!! omg this was awesome. i love the pampered chef scooper idea. and the pics of jackson are PRICELESS!! love it.

Kara said...

great Idea! it's so easy too! and a lot less proccessed than the store bought stuff.. cheaper too! thanks.