Wednesday, April 3, 2013
So I've been making Olivia's solid foods, and I am 100% loving it. I'm definitely not anti-jarred baby food, but trying my hand at making food more fresh, whole, green, natural - whatever you want to call it - is just one of my "things." Olivia seems to be loving her meals, too, so it's been win-win for us both.

The process is so simple, as taught by this lovely cookbook: steam, bake, or mash a food, throw it in a food processor with some water (however much is needed to get the babe's preferred consistency), and voila! That's it.

There are a lot of claimed "necessities" for making your own baby food, but I've been cheating and getting along just fine. My strainer, balanced atop my saucepan, has been my steamer basket, and my little magic bullet has served as the food processor.

I'd vote splurging on a good freezer tray, however. My friend let me try out her Beaba Tray and it has been perfect. The portions are just right. Olivia finishes one "cube" in two-three meals, and before I can blink she'll be downing the whole thing, I know it.

So far we've done peas, pears, and sweet potatoes. Here are their cooking stats:

Peas: 2 cups steamed peas + water = a little more than one Beaba tray of cubes, which is just less than two cups

Pears: 4 steamed pears + water = just less than two cups

Sweet Potatoes: 2 small, baked sweet potatoes + water = just less than two cups

Behold, the tail-end of the process via sweet potatoes that we whipped up yesterday... 
...and some cubes of peas and pears.
I keep the little cubes in a freezer bag, and when it's time to eat, microwaving one for about 30 seconds makes it ready-to-go. Again, so easy and so good. Apples and avocados are up next!

I may be biased, but being a mom is such a blast. The world is your oyster for learning new things. For that reason and so many more, I love my job.


  1. genius!
    i've been wanting to start making some food for elle, THANK YOU!

  2. Super great! Can I just tell you how jealous I am that you are done with school? Man oh man... being a mom is the BEST and I wish that was the only thing I was expected to do with my life.

    1. Ohhh I am dying for you to finish, just so that your brain doesn't have to be in two places at once. Please say it is soon??


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