I always knew I wanted to make my own baby food. I remember learning that commercial baby food had a high water content. It really stuck with me when I heard this which is why I decided I was going to make my own. I felt much more comfortable knowing exactly what the ingredients were and how much water was really going into it.
I know I can be a bit obsessive but the thought of not feeding my baby the best nutrients from the get go really bothered me.
Why go organic?
Choosing to buy organic will be a personal preference. However, I would like to point out at least two very important facts that come from making your baby food with organic produce:
- The nutritional content.
- Absence of exposure to harmful pesticides.
While crops on conventional farms yield a lot more produce per acre, organic crops are nurtured by healthy soils longer and therefore contain higher levels of nutrients and antioxidants. Also, if you choose non-organic, most fruits and vegetables you will be using to make baby food will contain at least three or more harmful synthetic pesticide residues. These residues have been suspected of potentially causing ADHD, Autism, Cancer and Obesity.
I found this list called “the dirty dozen” extremely helpful as it points out the top 12 non-organic foods to avoid if nothing else.
Choosing to go organic or non organic will not affect the way you will prepare baby food. It is all the same.
Baby’s first solid foods are simple – just mashed up fruits and veggies or baby cereal, which is pretty easy to prepare in a snap. But as baby’s taste buds mature and they become more demanding eaters, you will want to be able to have pre-made food on hand.
I never know what my day is going to be like from moment to moment with a baby and a 4 year old and the easier I can make meal time, the better.
Different ways to prepare and freeze baby food..
With my first child, I used the ice cube tray method. It was great. Super simple and I got used to it really quick. It became my monthly routine as I would have enough of a batch made each time to last about a month. This method requires you to cut, peel and steam fruit and veggies (or bake and peel in the case of yams or squash.) Step two is to blend into a puree and spoon into ice cube trays to freeze over night. The final step is to put frozen cubes into freeze bags and label the bag. You can buy food cubes to thaw and feed from at mealtime. I would highly suggest this method to anyone as it worked out great for me.
A great way to save time is to skip the steaming step, which I do, with a high powered blender. I own the Vitamix 6300 and it does all the work for me.
Then I discovered reusable food pouches…
…and have never looked back. I LOVE them. I bought a squeeze station that made it really easy to fill the pouches. I also have a Vitamix, which I highly suggest if at all possible for you to purchase. If you are planning to make baby food for one or more children it is a great investment – for many reasons. I make literally everything with my Vitamix 6300, from nut butters to flours to frozen yogurt to baby food. Food pouches can be stored in the freezer for up to two months and in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
Just grab a pouch and go!
What I appreciate most about my baby food pouches is having the ability to just grab them on the fly no matter what is going on in my day. They are so simple to thaw. Just toss them into a pot of hot tap water, put the lid on and let stand for 5 or 10 minutes. I also love that when I plan the next day’s meals, I can just grab them out of the freezer the night before and put them in the fridge to be thawed the next day. Even for packing school lunches, just add them in frozen in the morning or the night before in the fridge.
Please see my recipes page for some of my uber healthy and delicious pouch recipes.
I would love to hear some ideas from you! Feel free to add comments about some recipes you have tried or ones that you like on here.