I’m not Julia Child. My cooking doesn’t even compare to a frozen Sara Lee. The vast majority of what I cook is heated in the microwave. But, let me tell you, I am a rock star, domestic goddess when it comes to making baby food.
I exclusively breastfed my son for the first six months of his life, and there was something particularly empowering about knowing I was solely responsible for making his food. I wanted to continue that on through his first foods experience. Despite my initial hesitations and apprehensions, making baby food is a cinch. And don’t be fooled into thinking you need expensive or fancy equipment to do it, either.
All I needed was a few ice cube trays, some freezer bags, a small food processor, and a pot with a steaming basket. I also used my microwave for a few things, like sweet potatoes.
There are several websites out there with great ideas for simple baby food recipes. My favorite is WholesomeBabyFood.com. This website really breaks every step of the process down for you, from how to make a variety of pureed fruits, veggies, and even meats, to what reactions to be on the lookout for.
Yes, it’s a time consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be burdensome if you plan ahead. I ended up only having to make big batches of baby food once every three weeks. I would begin by shopping the organic and local produce at a nearby market. I would pick about 4 or 5 fruits or veggies to make, based on what was in season and what I wanted to expose my son to next (we had a GREAT time exploring the rainbow of the produce aisle during those months). Then, usually on a Sunday, I would kick everyone out of the kitchen for a couple hours, put on some good music, and get busy washing, cutting, steaming, pureeing, partitioning and freezing. It really was a simple routine once I got it down.
Certain fruits, like bananas and avocados, didn’t need to be prepared in advance. I was able to peel them right before serving and mash them with a fork, sometimes adding a little breast milk to thin the consistency.
After a few months making baby food, I was not only proud of myself for navigating the kitchen as well as I had, but also for being able to say that I was still the one solely responsible for what my baby was eating.