OK - so I don't breastfeed for any longer than 6 months tops. The newest addition didn't even get that.
BUT I do make homemade baby food. Can we say easy??? If you consider the cost per jar of baby food this really will save you some money (which I am wasting on formula). Not too mention there are no preservatives and you know exactly what you are feeding the baby.
Ice cube trays for easy storage
Food processor if you don't have one go and get a moulis, or a hand held blender
Then you need a stacked steamer or a collapsible steamer
Today, I was a busy mommy - Christmas decorations are gone and I got quite bit of baby food made and frozen.
Parsnips (sound yucky but rather good mixed with carrots)
I make these the same way. Prepare them and throw them into that steamer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Then transfer to food processor, add some of the cooking water to get to a nice runny texture suitable for your baby. Save some to use now - put the rest in the ice cube trays - VOILA! Baby food.
Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes ( I had saved some of the cooking water from the carrots and green beans to add to the food processor)
Cut the squash in half - brush with melted butter cover with foil bake 1 hour @350. Transfer to food processor and freeze in trays.
Bake sweet potatoes @400 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Peel, toss in the food processor, and freeze.
Once they have frozen in the tray - pop them out into labeled freezer bags - thaw and heat in the microwave or on the stove. DELICIOUS!
Now these you don't steam. You place the pieces of the peeled and cored fruit into a heavy saucepan with 1-2 Tblsp of water. Cover and cook over low for 10 minutes (apples) to 4 minutes (pears).
Blend in the food processor and freeze. Make sure the fruit is ripe and juicy!
You can use a banana, avacados, papaya, or melon - just make sure it is ripe. These fruits are not suitable for freezing and don't need to be cooked.
This is so easy friends! My babies all get so excited to eat. I'm also happy to report that they are not picky eaters now (almost 6 and 4).
So good luck! I promise it is worth the time!
**The fruits are yummy mixed with rice cereal**
**You can make a potato puree just don't use the food processor it makes the potatoes really starchy and gooey.