Thursday, November 7, 2013

Homemade Baby Food in a SNAP!

I saw Hallie's post on Facebook about how she made her own baby food and I wanted to know more! I have never been a huge baby food fan and think most of them tasted nasty and then one blew up in my face once and burnt me! Thank heavens for an amazing neighbor that brought me some burn cream fast! (yes I need to work on my medicine cabinet!) Needless to say I stopped buying baby food after that and stuck with pouches (which are super expensive as well). When I saw her photos I instantly wanted to know more! I asked her to share all her steps and secrets and she makes it sound so simple and so EASY! She is super cute; we went to the same High School and has a such a super cute little family! This is a must read for sure and I am definitely going to do this for my next baby (check back in a couple of years on that one)!!! 

My name is Hallie Stokes.  I was born and raised in the Burley, Idaho area.  I graduated from Raft River High School in 2006 and then went on to graduate from the College of Southern Idaho in 2010 with my associate degree in Nursing.  I married Brandon Stokes in March of 2010 and we have been blessed with 2 beautiful children (Graham age 2 and Paetyn age 5 months).  I enjoy crafting and being a mom! I also work at the St. Luke’s Magic Valley 2 nights a week. 

I was honored when asked if I would write about my experience in making my own baby food.  I wanted to make my own baby food for a couple of reasons:

1.      I know exactly what I am feeding my baby
2.      It is healthier for them
3.      There is more variety than feeding from store bought baby food
4.      In hopes that she won’t be a picky eater like my son (lol)
5.      It is very inexpensive to make

I did a lot of research before I started making my baby food. The website that I found most helpful was:  This websites has many recipes, gives you a guideline on when you should introduce certain foods and tells you how to make baby food.

The first thing I did was I bought some OXO Tot Baby Food Freezer Trays. I bought mine on Amazon for $2.99 each. I chose this kind because it has a lid (but the lid does not seal completely, which is okay).  The OXO Tot trays are made only to freeze baby food and then to transfer the baby food to something else.  I also freeze my breast milk in the trays and then transfer to a zip lock bag. The next thing I did was go to the store and buy fruits and veggies that could be made into baby food. The great thing about making your own baby food is you can use just about any fruit or veggie for homemade baby food. 

There are a couple of different ways to prepare your baby food.  You can steam them, bake them and sometimes microwave them.  I chose to bake most of my food.  (There are a couple of things that you don’t need to do anything to except puree them like: Avocados, Bananas and Kiwis).  If you choose to bake your baby food, you cut them in half and place in a glass dish with water on the bottom of the pan and bake until it is soft.  Once your baby food is done cooking then you let it cool so it is not hot to the touch and then spoon out the meat into a blender/food processor (I use a food processor).  You puree your food until it is the texture you like. If it is thick then you can add water to help it thin out (I use breast milk to thin out things that are too thick for my liking).  I have learned that most things don’t need to be thinned out.  After you have pureed your food you put it in your Freezer tray and freeze it over night and take it out in the morning and place in a zip lock bag.  If you leave your baby food in the trays they will start to get freezer burn in about 5 days.  

I have made baby food for my daughter to last her at least 5-6 months and I have spent less than $25. I have made Avocado, Peaches, Bananas, Pears, Plums, Sweet potatoes, Squash, Apples, Carrots, Peas, and Kiwi.  My daughter has tried Avocados, Squash and Bananas and she has loved them all so far! Remember when feeding you baby food to introduce one at a time so in case they develop a reaction you can pin point which food they are allergic to.

Making baby food is very easy and very inexpensive. It doesn’t take very long and it is super healthy for you little ones.  If you have any questions about making your own baby food I would refer to:

Thanks for listening to my story, and Happy baby food making! J

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