At the advice of Sloane’s pediatrician and my own desire to fulfill my inner crunchy granola hippie-mom, I’ve been making my own baby food.
I received a Baby Bullet baby food maker from my Aunt Dale at my baby shower, and like almost everything else I received that day, I had no idea what it was or how to use it (all that baby stuff was a complete mystery!) I got really excited about having it once a few months went by and Sloane’s solid food introduction was on the horizon.
I decided to start with sweet potatoes/yams. I went to Whole Foods and picked up two huge organic yams, and I also bought a big tub of organic oatmeal to mill for baby cereal (the Baby Bullet can do this too!) I only spent $6.50 (a miracle at “Whole Paycheck,” right?) I was really pleased by how much food I was able to make for that tiny amount of money – not to mention the fact that it’s wholesome, organic and pure.
I cut the yams up into quarter-inch pieces and dropped them into a large pot of boiling water (I forgot to peel the first one, but it was fine because the skin easily boiled off.) I strained them and put them into the large cup of the Baby Bullet. Add water as needed, to get to the thickness you prefer. I found that less is more.
Just a few seconds later I had this pureed goodness! I used the little spatula that came with it to portion out the yams into the cute little cups that it came with for storage. They have a convenient little system to keep track of date you made them, so you know how old it is. Just move the dial around until you select the date you want.
It also comes with this adorable little baby-food cube tray, which is silicone and very easy to squeeze the frozen cubes out of later on. I freeze them and then transfer them to a Ziploc bag, then take out the cubes as needed and simply microwave for a few seconds.
Obviously you see that I made a mess. What’s new?
Seriously, how can you not smile when you see these ridiculous little guys in the freezer? :)
Success! Sloane really liked it! We’ve tried oatmeal and yellow squash since then, with equally great results.
Yeah, it takes more time than opening a jar, but if you spend an hour on the weekends making it, you’ll have enough for at least a week – easy and healthy!