Good morning, friends!
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Our Saturday ended up being pretty lazy. We were supposed to have Addie’s 6 month photos, but due to crummy weather, they got postponed to Sunday. So Sunday ended up being busy busy! Brandon served at church, while I stayed home and got me and Addie ready for the pictures. We had the pictures at 3:00, and then we had friends over for dinner at 7:00. I cooked, baked, cleaned, and managed to get Addie and I dolled up before leaving the house around 2:30. Whew!
Anyway, today I wanted to talk about how I make baby food at home. Now I’m not a huge stickler for everything being homemade. I’ve also bought some all-natural/organic baby foods for Addie, and I have no problem using them. But some things are just as easy to make at home … plus, they’re cheaper than the store-bought!
Easy + cheap = a win in my book!
Avocado and bananas
Folks, you don’t get easier than these two foods. Just take the amount of each that you want, mash it up with a fork, and add a little breastmilk/formula until it reaches your desired consistency. Then serve to a happy baby!
A couple of notes -
1. I found that bananas constipate Addie. So for the time being, we’re not eating them. Such a bummer because they’re so easy!
2. For the avocado, she currently eats 1/4 of an avocado at a time. So I usually cut the avocado length-wise and first use the half that doesn’t have the pit in it. I put Saran wrap around the other half (including the pit) and stick it in the fridge. If I use it by the next day, it usually maintains its color. With the half I’m using that particular day, I scoop half of it into one baby bowl and put it in the fridge (covered) for her late afternoon snack. I don’t add the formula until right before she eats it! Then I just mash up the remaining avocado with formula and serve!
After visiting the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago, we came home with a yummy butternut squash to cook up for Miss Addison!
The squash couldn’t have been easier to prepare. Here’s what I did:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut the squash in half (length-wise) and scoop out of all of the seeds.
3. Put the halves meat side down in a large baking dish (I used a 9×13). Add maybe an inch of water to the pan.
4. Bake for about an hour. You’ll see that the skin starts browning and puckering. That’s when it’s ready!
5. Let them cool for a little bit on a plate. Then scoop the meat out and put it in a food processor (or I’m assuming you could use a blender!)
6. Add a little water to the food processor (maybe start with 1/4 cup). Blend together. Add more water and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
7. Scoop the squash into ice cube trays. Each cube will be about 1 tablespoon.
8. Cover the trays with foil and stick them in the freezer for several hours.
9. Once the cubes are frozen, remove them from the trays and stick them in a freezer-safe Ziplock bag. Try to get as much air out of the bag as possible before zipping it up.
Mark the bag with the date, so you know when you first stored them. Try to use them within 3 months (from what I read online, the food will stay safe up to 6 months, but it is best if you use it within 3).
When you want to feed your baby, just pull a cube or two out of the freezer and microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a little formula/breastmilk if you want.
(Warning: make sure you test the food with your finger before feeding it to your baby to make sure it isn’t too warm!!)
I did a little math to see how much money I could save by making her baby food at home. For the squash, this is what I found:
The baby food I’ve been buying is generally around $0.50 per container. Each container holds maybe 3 tablespoons. So that’s about 16-17 cents per tablespoon.
The whole butternut squash was $3.00. It made 38 tablespoons of food. So that’s about 7-8 cents per tablespoon. (Goodness, I hope I’m doing this math correctly or else I’m going to be super embarrassed! )
So in the end, the homemade baby food cost about half of what the store-bought cost. Not too shabby, right?!
Sweet potato is one of Addie’s favorites, and it’s also incredibly easy to make!
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash the sweet potatoes and prick the top of them with a fork a couple of times. Put them on a baking sheet covered with foil and bake for about an hour, or until the insides are nice and soft.
3. Follow steps 5-9 for the squash!
The nice thing about both the sweet potato and the squash is that you could make the baby’s food while also making a nice side dish for the rest of the family!
Hope these ideas helped some of you! Have a wonderful week, friends!!
Question for ya …
What did you do this weekend?
If you have a child, did you/are you making any of the baby’s food at home?
If you buy your baby food (because I do that, too!), what is your favorite brand?