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Making Homemade Baby Food: Applesauce and Sweet Potatoes

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.

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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.

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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.

how to make homemade applesauce babyfood

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!

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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.

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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.

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how to make sweet potato baby food

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!

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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!

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Have you made homemade baby food? What varieties have you made? What is your process like?

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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    July 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

    You make it look far less intimidating than I thought it was, lol. I just bought the reusable food pouches and now I need to make some food to put in there. She usually gets the same food we are eating but every now and then she prefers purees (or if I’m eating something less than stellar, lol).

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    July 11, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I made some food in the beginning but then started buying jars of organic food. Now we’re onto table food which is so much easier, he basically gets whatever were eating in mini version! It was intimidating at first but now so much fun!
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    Taylor
    July 11, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Love the idea of making it yourself. I think the ice cube tray is such a great idea and then storing them in bags in the freezer is such a space saver. I don’t have a kiddo yet, but I will definitely be trying this when I do!
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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    July 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    This is great! I am hoping to make a lot of baby food when I have a baby and I;m totally saving this post for a reference!
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    Emma
    July 12, 2016 at 5:32 am

    It’s so good to be able to make your own baby food!

    I was in the supermarket looking at the baby food sachets, and wanted one that just listed the ingredients as simply “apple” or “mango” etc. And then I realised it would be easier (and way cheaper!) to just make my own.

    It’s so easy, just lots of cleaning (and time consuming with a ticking time bomb baby that will need your attention)! But so worth it to be able to do it in bulk and freeze!

    I use silicone trays as I find they’re easier to pop the cubes out! 🙂

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    Abby
    July 12, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    This is great and really breaks it down for other moms out there that may feel intimidated! That is exactly how I made baby food for my daughter. I mainly did fruits on my own and then bought veggies. I tried doing peas and green beans on my own but could just never get the texture quite right.

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    Amanda
    July 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I did this until she was about 7 months, and then she started eating table food so we just give her what we are eating. I loved making her own food and didn’t find it hard at all once I actually did it. I like the idea of adding cinnamon for some extra flavor. I would mix and match cubes too… one cube of sweet potato and one of green beans or whatever! 🙂
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