At the bottom of the post, you’ll see the link to get your print out of my favorite combinations & recipes. Tested and approved by my little helper. This will help you when you don’t have any creative juices flowing at the end of the day.A lot of blogs about making baby food will tell you to combine the ingredients before freezing. I don’t suggest this, at least at first. Get your baby through their introductions to check for allergies. See what they their favorites are. Then begin the fun of combining foods to make them meals. When you freeze each food separately, you have endless options for combinations. You can throw cubes for three or four different foods together or keep it simple for one or two. This also comes in handy when your baby is addicted to the sweet fruits…you can sneak those veggies in there! (Babies can reject foods up to ten times even though they may end up enjoying it. This is a big leap from milk/formula. Don’t get discouraged!)
Pro Tip: Take your time. Make one or two purees each night. You only have so many ice cube trays you can fill. The process goes slow at first. You’re supposed to give your baby a new food then have them eat it for 3 days. This is in case the baby has a bad reaction or food allergy; you know the culprit immediately and can avoid putting your little one through it again anytime soon.
Items you need:
- Ice cube trays (I grabbed mine at the dollar store – Three 15 cube trays for $1!)
- Food processor or blender
- Freezer safe ziplock bags
Stages you need to know about:Stage 1 – Supported Sitter – Your baby’s first solid food should be runny. If your purees are thick, you’ll want to thin them with milk, formula, or water. Stage 2 – Sitter – Your baby’s second solid food should be a thicker consistency. If your purees are thin, you’ll want to thicken them with rice cereal or oatmeal cereal. Stage 3 – Crawler – Your baby’s last solid food before table foods should be thick and should have chunks in it baby can chew and mash on.
CookedButternut Squash (check out the tutorial on cooking these puppies here) Sweet Potato Carrots Green Beans (fresh, canned or frozen) Peas (fresh, canned or frozen) Corn (fresh, canned or frozen) Pears Apples Broccoli Bell Pepper Asparagus Spinach Cucumber Squash Zucchini
- Peel, core & chop.
- Place in steam basket in pot of water for 30 minutes (or until you can stick a fork in easily)
- Throw in processor/blender until pureed evenly.
- Stop to scrape if you need to.
- Add a bit of milk, formula, or water if it needs to be thinned to blend.
- Spoon into ice cube trays & tap to pop any air bubbles.
- Toss in freezer for a few hours.
- Pop out cubes and put into freezer safe ziplock bags.
- Label name and date. These are usually good for about 4 months.
Special note about Carrots: When in the processor/blender, do not use the remaining water from steaming to thin. Special note on Peas & Green Beans: These have shells/skins on them that will probably require some extra time in the processor/blender. You want to make sure that there is no rogue shell in there that can be a choking hazard!