One of my favorite kinds of cooking is making baby food! I did it for my son and learned as I went along. Now I am a little more prepared with my daughter and hope to experiment a bit more. I decided to start food with her a little earlier because she is not a big fan of the bottle and it is an opportunity for Daddy to feed her.
I have used Wholesome Baby Food as a guide for when to start various foods. Our family doctor was much more liberal – fruits at 4 months, veggies at 6 months and meat at 8 months. I also got the book Super Baby Food for Christmas last year from my husband! I told him to after I saw my imaginary friend Katie’s blog about it over at Marriage Confessions.
Basically for the early stages, I cook whatever it is – fruit, veggies or meat – to DEATH! I boil fruits and veggies and grill ground meats.
I let things cool a bit before I stick them in the blender and puree it into oblivion! Sometimes I just let the blender run for a minute beyond oblivion to get it nice and creamy. I have tried two different food processors, but I found the blender just did a better job, as long as you have enough liquid to get it going.
Sometimes I use the water I just boiled the fruit or veggie in, except for carrots. You are supposed to use fresh water. This time I have been adding more breast milk instead of water. I have way too much milk in the freezer and it is a good way to get more milk into her. I used breast milk when I would puree meat too. It makes it nice and creamy.
I try and make big batches so I have a wide variety at hand. I have found a variety of baby food trays out there. These are my favorite. They make a nice size and have covers to keep them safe in the freezer. After they are solid, usually overnight or 24 hours at least, I pop them out and store them back in the freezer in plastic bags marked with the food and the date with a sharpie.