My boy likes to eat. He enjoys his food a lot…in large amounts at times.
And baby food is expensive. Especially when you take into consideration that you have to feed and water children at least three times daily, usually more.
And like our doctor randomly, unsolicited-ly soap-boxed: “You are paying (insert baby food company here) to water it down for you. By the time the baby eats it he’s consumed more water than fruit or veggie. So you pay them to cut down on the nutrients and it doesn’t even taste that great.”
So we make our own most of the time. It’s super fun, super easy, and Noah hasn’t complained about my cooking yet! For the most part it goes like this: peel. heat. mash. freeze. Not all things freeze, but most will and it keeps for three months. We freeze them in OXO ice trays with lids that are perfect…four cubes is one meal for little dude right now. I usually make a big batch that will last us a few weeks but I plan to go nuts this summer and make a whole bunch of yummy goodness that I score from the Farmers’ Market.
Anyway. So far we’ve made butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, blueberries, parsnip, broccoli, and a combination of several of these together. He likes them all, so I keep making them and trying new things. It’s very rewarding I tell you…to know that he is eating my cooking, that he likes my cooking, that he will hopefully have a diverse pallet, and to know exactly what it is that he’s ingesting. And I don’t have to study any labels on jars…which would probably take more time to dissect what each thing is, means, and does than to just mash up a mango.
Now, I am not opposed to food in the jar, please don’t hear that. We use it when we are on the go or need a quick fix (read: Noah is flipping his wig with hunger and there ain’t no time for mashing or microwaving). I choose this simply because I enjoy it. And I think Noah does, too. It’s one more thing that I can do for him and hopefully one day do with him, as in cooking and making yummy creations like this:
Next on the menu: homemade finger cookies for the little teether.
Wish me luck.