Saturday, March 12, 2011

4:40 -- Make your own baby food!

Notice that I avoided putting them into a vulgar pose. This is a family blog after all.

I'm not a hippie or "earth mom" by any means. But I am a bit food obsessed and I do care about the environment. Using cloth diapers is very impractical for us so I decided while pregnant that my trade-off would be making L.E.'s baby food. I got a Beaba Babycook as a gift and it's super-easy to use. It's been a great experience all-around and very cost-effective. A large (not HUGE) Butternut Squash cost less than $3 and it made 18 portions of food.
So here you go, step-by-step, how to make your own pureed fruits and veggies!

What you will need:
A Beaba Babycook (or some other way to steam and puree your food.)
Vegetable Peeler
Apple Slicer
Knives (T's Christmas present from L.E. and me)
A Chopper (Yep, I use both)
An adorable baby nearby watching your every move

On this particular day, I made Apple-Pear-Butternut Squash

Step 1: Peel and Chop

A knife works best for Squash but I like the nifty chopper for apples. You want the pieces small but not quite diced-size.

Step 2: Steam
Follow the Beaba instructions for steaming. It takes about 15 minutes.

While waiting for the veggies to steam, why not play with your little sidekick? Never underestimate how much fun utensils can be!

Step 3: Drain
Reserve some of the cooking "juice" to help your puree become smoother.

Step 4: Puree until smooth. If your baby has some teeth, you can leave it a bit chunkier.

Step 5: Pour into trays and freeze.

The Beaba trays make the perfect size for a single portion. Or you can just use ice cube trays.

Step 6: Thaw and enjoy!
60 seconds in the microwave should be just perfect.
She stopped smiling as soon as I snapped the pic.

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