Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Making baby food

Today was my first attempt to make baby food using the Kitchen Aid food grinder I received for my birthday. Thanks Mom and Dad!

I had some carrots ready to cook, so I popped them in the microwave for about 11 minutes. I did stir them halfway through.

Here they are ready to be ground. I checked to see if they were ready by sticking a fork in them Nice and soft!

Into the grinder!
Don't forget to have a bowl ready!

The carrots are pretty pumpy, so I put them through a few times. They still ended up pulpy, but because Abby hasn't been exposed to how smooth store bought baby food is, I think this will be fine. If she doesn't like the texture, I can put them in the blender.

I ended up adding a lot of the liquid I cooked them in to make them pretty runny. As Abby gets older, I assume I will add less liquid.
Finally, I put them in a nice Tupperware ice cube tray I had found at Goodwill. I will freeze the carrots into cubes and then pop them into a baggie and store them in the freezer.

My tray even has a nice lid! :)

Voila! Easy baby food! I loved the grinder. I had tried a hand grinder for Joey and it was a ton of work. This was very simple and fast. Cleanup was a breeze, too. Many of the parts are dishwasher safe, but it was very easy to just was out by hand!


Anonymous said...

This is so helpful! I'm definitely taking notes...

on the ROCK

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

This brings back memories...sniff, sniff (no more babies at our house)

Christine said...

WOW! I've been looking for some info on making baby food. Thanks for sharing, it is very helpful.

Sue said...

Hi Martha,
Thanks for visiting me on the tour of homes! How wonderful for your babies that you take the time to make good wholesome food for them.

Shereen said...

Hmmm... let's try this again for the umpteen time. lol I tried leaving you a comment on this post numerous times, and for some reason, it wouldn't go through. Oh, I remember those days. For my children their very first food was Avocado. It's a great brain food. It helps to develop the brain. I did cereal after. For all the vegetables, I had bought a steamer for like $20. I would steam all of the vegetables in their, and whatever water went into the water part after it steams, I would use that to make it creamier. I would just put it in a blender and puree it. It was very nice to give them things like eggplant, kiwi, cauliflower, asparagus, etc. things that I know I they don't sell in jars. Everyone would look at me like I was insane. They couldn't understand why I just didn't buy baby food in jars and call it a day. ;0) You are doing a great job. I used to do the same thing, as far as freezing them in cubes, etc. I really like the lid your ice cube tray has. Very nice.