This weekend I ventured into something I’ve been wanting to try, but just haven’t had the time to yet…making homemade baby food! This has always been a goal of mine, but it has also always seemed a little intimidating. For the most part we’ve just been buying Gerber organic/natural baby food purees at the store, and while they’re perfectly fine for Adeline, I would obviously prefer to be able to 100% control what’s in her food. This certainly isn’t realistic for me on an everyday basis though, but every now and then I’m hoping to go the homemade route…when I can find the time to that is! (Which is….when exactly???)
Saturday though I carved out some time while she napped, and got up the courage to try and make two of Adeline’s favorites from scratch, then store in the freezer for future use. As far as purees go, she has been loving sweet potatoes and applesauce more than anything else so I figured I’d start with these two first! I looked up a couple different baby food making strategies online first, then got to it! I decided to go the ice cube tray route, since they are much cheaper than buying “baby food containers” and I already had a few laying around. Now I’m not an expert baby food maker by any means, but I think the two batches I made turned out pretty great and Adeline quickly approved. Here’s how it all went down.
Homemade applesauce for baby
First, I stared with washing 8 small apples, of 3 different varieties. I wanted to make sure it was a flavorful mix.
Next, I used an apple slicer to slice and remove the cores/seeds.
I then diced the apples, keeping the skin on since that’s where the majority of the nutrition is, and placed them in a big pot. I boiled the diced apples for about five minutes, or until the apples seemed soft. Then I strained the apples, and started the process of pureeing.
To puree the applesauce, I added one handful of diced apples at a time to our food processor, then let it pulse for about 30 seconds, until the apples were mostly smooth. I didn’t add any extra water because apples are pretty naturally watery as is. Once the first round of apples were done, I removed them from the processor and put them in a big bowl, then repeated the process until I’d gone through all the apples. Once in the bowl, I added just a hint of cinnamon and stirred them all again.
Finally, I scooped the applesauce into my ice cube trays and placed them in the freezer! Once they were frozen, I popped the cubes out and stored them in a gallon sized freezer bag for future use. These cubes are the perfect snack size for Adeline, and to make a full meal for her I would probably use two cubes. They should thaw easily in the fridge overnight too!
Homemade sweet potato puree for baby
Next, I dove into the sweet potatoes. I started with three small sweet potatoes that I cooked in the microwave. I would prefer to roast them in the oven for about 45 minutes, but for time’s sake (working through a nap here, people!) I opted to just microwave them instead.
I then scooped out the insides, and placed them in a large bowl. I mashed them a little extra with a fork so they were a bit softer, and also added a tiny hint of cinnamon.
Just like the applesauce, I scooped a small handful of sweet potato into the food processor, and let it pulse for about 30 seconds, then repeated until I had the consistency right. I added about 3 tablespoons of water as well. And similar to the applesauce, after each “round” of sweet potato puree, I scooped it out of the processor and put it in a bowl to the side, then repeated the process, adding a few tablespoons of water each time.
Once they were all pureed, I scooped them into my ice cube trays, and placed them in the freezer. Once they were frozen, I popped them out and added them to the freezer bag with the applesauce cubes! So easy!
I’m excited with how easy this ended up being and I already can’t wait to make more varieties. I’d really like to steam some vegetables, and get some yummy greens made for my girl! I’m also already thinking about some yummy combinations to make for her…mmm so many possibilities!