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Making baby food is easy and cheap! As a working mom, I’m always looking for ways to save money and time. When my daughter was first starting out with solids, I followed this quick & easy method to make her food. The recipe below does use frozen veggies, which are typically frozen at peak of freshness; however, you could also cook the vegetables (or even fruit) in a pot and then puree it. Enjoy!
Items Needed for Baby Food:
- Handheld Blender (I recommend something like the KitchenAid KHB1231 2-Speed Hand Blender Empire Red Electric Mixer. ~$29.95. Great immersion blender & you can use it for making soups, cakes, etc. – very multipurpose kitchen appliance)
- Bag of Frozen Veggies (suggestions: carrots, butternut squash, peas)
- Storage Containers (You can use Pyrex, but if you’re interested in freezing, I highly recommend these OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers. Each container is 2oz, which is perfect to send to daycare. Also these containers can be used in the future to preserve herbs or sauces for future cooking!)
Instructions to make Baby Food:
- Follow instructions on bag of frozen vegetables to reheat them (I normally use the microwave). After cooked, allow the bag to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Once cool, put a handful of veggies in the blending jar and blend them on the low setting until you’ve reached a smooth consistency. With carrots, butternut squash, and peas, you shouldn’t need to add anything into the jar; however, some other vegetables may be dry and may require that you add a tiny bit of water to help with the consistency.
- After blending, serve or transfer into storage containers.
If you choose to freeze the vegetables, make sure you label each container with the name of the vegetable and date (note: if sending to daycare, go ahead and add your child’s name on it!). Take it out the night before you intend to use it and put it in the refrigerator so it can thaw. Then mix in the morning with a spoon to make sure that it’s fully thawed before serving.