Friday, September 10, 2010
FREEZER FOODS FRIDAY - Guest Post
Hello! My name is Lindsey. I write a little blog called Dishwater Dreams. Cooking was never something I knew, or wanted to know, how to do until I had my two rowdy little boys. When my oldest was a baby, we were drowning financially because he was on formula and quite a healthy eater. He also seemed to go through an endless amount of diapers. Something had to give. As soon as he started eating baby food, the costs just kept going up. There just had to be a better way! I started making my own baby food. It was so much more economical! I think I only bought about 5 jars of baby food with my youngest. The great thing is, I not only knew what was going into my babies’ food, but they liked the homemade food better than the store bought food!
You will need:
A food processor (You don’t need a fancy one. I got one for $10 that worked perfectly.)
Ice cube trays (2-3 depending on how much you want to make at one time)
Freezer Bags (quart sized)
The food you will process
You can use many different types of food to create homemade baby food. If you can put it in the food processor, you can use it. Make sure to follow the guidelines as to when your baby should begin eating different types of food. You can use canned, frozen, or fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. You can even take exactly what you made for dinner, process it, and have several meals for your baby!
To begin, place the food you plan on processing into the food processor. Process the food until it is completely blended.
Many foods you can simply process without cooking first. However, some foods need to be cooked before processing. As a general rule, if it needs to be cooked for you to eat it, it needs to be cooked before turning into baby food. All meat, potatoes, and sweet potatoes need to be cooked before processing. Also cook foods that are crunchy such as carrots and apples. Simply boil the crunchy food until it is softened before processing. Don’t be afraid to combine foods. You can blend several different berries together. Make strawberry applesauce. Put chicken and green beans together. Process the spaghetti and noodles you made for dinner.
Once your baby food has been processed to the desired consistency, fill the ice cube trays with the food and freeze. I will take several hours to freeze completely. Once frozen, remove the cubes and place in freezer bags. Label the bag with the date and the type of food.
Serving sizes: Step 1 = 1 cube; Step 2 = 2 cubes; Step 3 = 3 cubes
Posted by sweetjeanette at 12:01 AM