Life’s complicated enough. Need not be for thy baby food too. I remember getting an email a while back about a blogger’s upcoming book featuring 200 or so baby food recipes. One new food each and every day for over six months… and seriously unrealistic for my babes. Their palates are just not that seasoned by the age of one for a whole catalog of reasons.
I’m the mom who discovered baby poop (from last night’s explosion) on my jeans while at my daughter’s gymnastics class the following morning. On the days when locating clean pants is outside of reason, might there be ready-made baby food awaiting you in the freezer… or minutes away in the produce drawer. Finding ready-to-eat baby food when baby’s hungry is more thrilling than discovering a dollar in the lint trap as you remove your clean pants from the dryer.
I subscribe to the camp where things are simple. I think we’ve complicated a whole lot of things that don’t need to be. Baby’s hungry? Mash something up and feed baby.
There’s nothing special going on in those mini jars of puree you see in the store aside from extended shelf life and convenience.
Mashing something yourself allows you:
Baby food preparation short-cuts~
If we’re making anything baby can eat, we grind it up for him. Sometimes we freeze it straight up, sometimes he joins us for dinner, and then we freeze the rest. Examples include: carrots, sweet potatoes, avocado, squash/pumpkin, peas….see below
First foods “recipes” I feed my babes~
just peel and mash a bit, comes in its own bowl, is super healthy, no cooking required; we seem to always have a couple on the counter or in the fridge
nutrient-rich, easy to mash, does require time to cook initially – but low maintenance aside from heating in oven or on stove top. To prepare: Roast rinsed, whole, punctured potatoes at 425 degrees F for 45 minutes, OR boil rinsed, whole potatoes for 30 minutes, until a fork easily pierces through potato. Cool. Peel. Mash.
inexpensive hearty root vegetable, simmer (~1/2 inch water) and soften in a few minutes (about 4), mash. Flavor up with cinnamon if you like.
simmer in (~1/2 inch water) a covered pan and soften in a few minutes (about 4), nice warm treat (homemade applesauce) for entire family, we use as mixer for less-palatable pumpkin or squash
no cooking required, easy to mash, we use as mixer for less-palatable veggies
Baby food storage option~