1- It is easy, but time consuming. The steps for making baby food can be boiled down to the following: wash and quick chop raw foods, cook if needed (boil or steam), puree and store. Whew! I’m sweating already.
2. No fancy equipment required. There are so many baby food making systems out there, but I’ve decided not to invest in one because I already have a food processor. Some people find that a food processor is too large for some of the single serving cooking they do, but I plan on doing most things in bulk to save time anyway.
3. Have plenty of storage. With baby #1- we didn’t own an extra freezer/fridge so my family got the joy of storing some of my extra expressed milk (and by some I mean coolers FULL). We don’t have that option this time (plus it was super inconvenient for all parties involved…my Grandpa was sick of looking at breast milk when he wanted some ice cream) so we are going to invest in a freezer chest for milk and food storage.
In addition to a new freezer, we will also be investing in some kind of baby food storage system. There are plenty of brands out there that sell small plastic, freezable storage containers that are the perfect size for baby food portions. I’ve also seen on Pinterst where people have just used ice cube trays. My plan is to use the ice cube trays at first, then when baby starts to need more variety (aka- more food to store) move to a storage system.
4. Find a few good cook books. I already have a good head start with Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.
This book is aimed more for toddlers and bigger kids that are eating “real” meals (think pancakes, soups, meatloaf…) that have fruit and veggie purees in them. She has a great section at the beginning of the book on how to make purees, what equipment you need and how she stores things…which is really a great intro to starting baby food. This book has been a life saver in our house and even my husband and I like eating the food that we make from it!
Another book I’m going to invest in is The Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Karen Ansel.
I’ve thumbed through this book and it’s just what I’m looking for to get started. It has 90 recipes that are organized by your child’s age so it is easy to follow along. Since I haven’t personally used this book I can’t rave about it just yet…but it has TONS of great reviews online so I’m anxious to pick one up.
Sounds simple enough, right? Well…we’ll see. Baby #2 isn’t even due until Thanksgiving so MY food making adventures won’t start until the spring. I’ll make sure to keep you updated and in the mean time, does anyone have anymore baby food making tips for us?