When it was time for us to start our little one on solid food purees, I was pretty certain that I wanted to go the “homemade route” and make it myself. I did my research and found that I would likely save money in the long run… AND it would allow me to make sure the food our kiddo was eating was as freshy and healthy as possible. Staring at a mound of sweet potatoes, a large boiling pot, a strainer, my food processor, and at least an hour’s worth of cooking and cleaning ahead of me, I began to realize that there had to be an easier way.
Happily, I can report that the right tools can help making your own baby food a doable and stress-free affair. Here are some of my favorite gadgets & resources from my homemade baby food-making adventure:
This little gem is a steamer/blender combo that allows you to achieve fruit and veggie purees in about 20 minutes. All the parts are top-rack dishwasher safe (though I used my so often I hand washed a lot) and its incredibly small footprint (smaller than a toaster) won’t take up all of your kitchen counter space! A helpful tip I found when researching my purchase was to unscrew the water tank cap and let the tank air out in between each use.
These BPA-free, flexible silicon pods hold seven 1/4-cup portions – allowing you to easily cover and freeze batches of your lovingly-made food and then pop out the amount you need when it is eatin’ time. (I would freeze batches and then store the frozen portions in glass freezer containers or freezer bags.) Dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe…and (bonus!) adorable.
This genius little spoon has a storage tank that holds 4 oz. of baby puree, which “squirts” into the attached spoon when you squeeze. Super easy for meals on the go!
Recently, I’ve also seen that Beaba has a new product, the Babypote, that is a reusable version of the squeezy pouch. (These Beaba people have got the homemade baby food thing down!)
Cookbook : The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet by Karin Knight and Tina Ruggiero
Excellent month-by-month recipe ideas for homemade kiddo food from 6 – 24 months. Some of our current favorites meals that were inspired from this cookbook are the fluffy tofu-banana spread and the cream cheese & carrot sandwiches.
All of the fresh food mealtime goodness has left our little one a bit of a “snob” when it comes to store-bought baby food. On the rare occasion that we do feed our kiddo store-bought, we prefer the Ella’s Organic pouches. To our taste buds, they are the tastiest “most-like-fresh” and least tangy from the lemon juice preservative.