My son now has enough teeth that we can give him whole crackers, slices of oranges, and chunks of cheese. This really helps cut down on food prep time and makes it easier to serve up a variety of healthy foods. It was only a few months ago, though, that we first introduced “solids.” When we did, I made my own baby food. I was mostly motivated by the savings (I can buy a whole bag of peas for the same price as one tiny jar of the Gerber variety). I have also heard that frozen veggies retain more nutrients than canned ones, and while this may or may not be true, it makes sense to me. Here is what I did:

1. Wash, peel, and chop sweet potatoes, apples, pears, etc. or open bag of frozen vegetables.

2. Cook until soft (Use as little water as possible so you don’t lose any nutrients by draining them off).

2. “Mush” cooked fruit/veggies in a food processor or blender. Some people advise using a food strainer as well…but I don’t have one, so I never did.

3. Put the mushed food in ice cube trays and freeze them. (This makes a much better portion size than the store bought kind…and if he was hungry enough for more than one cube we could mix and match flavors in one meal.)

4. After a few hours, dip the bottom of the ice cube tray in hot water for a couple of seconds (only a couple!) and pop the veggie/fruit cubes out. Store the baby food cubes in freezer bags until ready to serve.


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  1. Krista says:

    Hey Lisha! I just got your email with your site and I have a morning off so no kids to interrupt my browsing(an occassional perk for being a nanny). I love your blog! I really like this article too. When I was researching how to do all that it took me awhile to find a site with simple instructions with pictures so kuddos to you!!!! Also, this makes it a little more expensive but if you use steamer bags instead of cooking the veggies and fruit you retain all of the nutrients and it is faster. I have to say I’m glad those days are over, I used to have to make “loads” of food a week to keep up with the twins stomachs. I still make and freeze meat ahead of time though. In case your readers are interested: cook your meat the way you normally would and use the cube trays as before but be sure to add water so that when you reheat the meat it is still moist. The twins LOVE this with ground beef, turkey, lamb, pork or veal, pork tenderloin, chicken and lamb chops. Sometimes it is hard to find time to make dinner AT dinner time so it is easy to just pull some cubes out of the freezer and add some veggies and carbs and we’re ready to go!
    Love you! I can’t wait to keep reading and see what else you guys have been up to! Miss you 🙂

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