“I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” -Unknown
You mean you don’t have time to make everything from scratch?!?
There is no denying it, moms, both stay at home and working ones, are busy! It doesn’t matter if you have 1, 3 or 5 kids, there never is enough hours in a day to do everything. Here is a tip to help moms with babies that are eating puréed foods, that want to feed homemade, can save some time and money.
When Ella first started eating solid food, I basically feed her only homemade baby food. I was saving money and enjoyed doing it. I wanted to do the same Anna when she started eating solids as well.
As the kids got older and busier, I found less time to take a quick shower and do laundry let alone to make baby food for Anna daily. When I did manage to make some baby food, I found myself making big batches of food, to save time, but often ended up throwing half it out because I didn’t use it up within 48 hours. What a waste! To be honest, Anna started eating more and more store-bought puréed food.
Now that Wesley is eating a big variety of food, I am definitely making more of an effort to feed him homemade. I got smart and started freezing the food. I still have store-bought foods in the house that I can feed him in a pinch or take in the diaper bag if we’re going out but definitely feel good that he is getting homemade most of the time.
My old fridge did not have an ice maker, but the new (better) fridge has one so I no longer need my ice trays. What a perfect tray to freeze baby food in!!!
Make your own puréed food, fill the tray, cover with plastic wrap, freeze and use as needed. The frozen cubes are safe for up to 6 months in a chest freezer but I’d recommend using the frozen food up within 3 months, for quality and nutrient purposes. Each cube is about 1 oz of food making it easy to measure the food. I like using carrots and adding different foods with them. I got my last 3 lb bag of carrots for $0.99!!! I baked the food in the oven, but I have nothing against the microwave and the carrots and apples could be easily done in the microwave as well.
Here’s the latest batch I made:
Apple – I used Gala because they were on sale. (I think any apple will do but I prefer a sweeter one)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Wash and peel carrots, if you choose to use organic you probably don’t need to peel.
Slice the carrots and put in baking dish.
Using a sharp knife cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and place the halves flesh side down in a baking dish and add an inch if water.
Place the squash and carrots in oven for about 45 min or until soft. You know it is done when the skin of the squash is a bit bubbly looking and has turned a dark tan colour.
Core a few apples.
Place apples in a baking dish with an inch of water.
When there is about 20 min left for the carrots/squash, add the apples to oven.
Once the food is cool to handle. Scoop out squash from the skin and slice the baked apples.
Purée the food using your preferred method. Some use a blender or magic bullet , I like using my hand blender.
I did one batch with squash/carrots and another with carrot/apple.
Fill ice cube tray with puréed food.
I keep some unfrozen to feed my little one today and tomorrow. I really like the carrots and squash and will serve it with dinner tonight!
Once frozen, I like to pop out the cubes and put them in freezer bag so the tray is free for the next batch! Don’t forget to label and date the bag.
Hope your little one enjoys the food and you enjoy more time to spend with him or you could use this time catch up on some laundry!