I decided before Isla was born that if we did go the route of purees (as opposed to baby-led weaning), we’d make them ourselves. I don’t know if you’ve looked in the stores. Even the “inexpensive” baby food is more expensive than what you can make at home, granted you have the time and the kitchen. So when we finally decided to introduce solids a la purees, we went out to the grocery store, loaded up on all the stage 1 foods the produce section had to offer, and brought it back to our house to make sweet, sweet (well, some of it is sweet) baby food.
Using Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food as our guide, we steamed, boiled, and pureed our way through apples, pears, prunes, papayas, mangos, peas, beans, and probably some other things I’ve already forgotten. While the chopping and peeling was more labor intensive than I originally anticipated, with my husband and I splitting the tasks, we were able to get through what I’m hoping will be a couple of months’ worth of homemade baby food in a handful of hours.
The only real hitch was at the beginning of the process when our Black & Decker Cyclone (more like gentle breeze) blender gave out and died. We’ve had the thing two years, used it maybe a half dozen times, and I vaguely recall having issues with it the last few times we used it. Total POS. You can google it and read the reviews on Amazon if you want to laugh and be slightly shocked about what sort of products have apparently been available in stores for years despite high rates of being completely worthless. But I digress. We got a Magic Bullet despite my husband’s protests that it’s too small, and it was indeed magic. It saved the day, and we will use the crap out of it from now on.
On the whole, our homemade baby food project was very successful. If you are thinking about undertaking this task, here are my recommendations:
- Make all of your baby food at once and freeze it. It will save you so much time in the long run and will make it more likely that you’ll stick with homemade baby food rather than caving to pricey store-bought stuff in a moment of, “I don’t have time to puree!” weakness.
- Invest in a good blender or food processor.
- You might also want to get a stick blender if you don’t already have one. (I recommend Cuisinart. We’ve had ours for 4 years with no issues!)
- You will need far more little plastic containers than you think. Buy a lot of them so you don’t have to go to the store because you run out of things to put your sweet potatoes in.
I’ll close with some fun photos from our day.