I love making my own baby food. Its such a great mommy thing to do. I can make everything that my baby puts in her mouth from the moment she starts eating. Plus, its fun. My main sources of help in doing this are this book and this website. Its actually quite easy and does not really require any special equipment if you have a good food processor or blender.
I made all of Clara’s food (although she only ate purees for maybe two months) and I’ve started making Nancy’s food, too. Of course, this time around, I have help. I’m not sure that its easier, but it sure can eat up some time while the baby naps (and is more productive than playing Hi Ho Cherry-o for the tenth time today, not that I don’t LOVE that game!). Anywhoo… Clara helped me make acorn squash baby food this past week. Here’s how to make your own batch!
1) Buy some acorn squash! This is the perfect time of year. I got these for $0.68 EACH (not per pound!!). That means that the entire squash was the same price as one of those little jars of baby food. Crazy frugal food!
2) While your helper is washing her hands in the bathroom, cut the squash in half. Believe me. Its just less scary than trying to do it with her help. Then when she returns, ask her to scoop out all of the seeds and put them in a bowl for the chickens to eat.
3) Microwave the squash halves cut side down in a microwave safe container until soft. I cooked the squashes one at a time for fifteen minutes. While they cook, play with the seeds. My helper literally did this for about twenty minutes. Notice the use of coffee filters in the picture. Those things are golden!
4) Run outside and give the chickens the seeds when you finally finish playing with them. The chickens love squash seeds and may fight over them, which is always fun.
5) Check for eggs. No, they will not be going in the baby food.
6) Come back inside, re-wash hands, then scoop the flesh out of the squash halves and put into the food processor. Process until smooth, adding water as necessary to get the consistency that your baby likes (remember, you can always add more when you’re feeding it to your baby). Your helper will really enjoying pushing the button on the food processor.
7) Put all of the food into ice cube trays and freeze for a few hours. When frozen solid, pop the cubes out and put in a ziplock bag. When baby is hungry, put one or more in a bowl, microwave, and pretend your spoon is an airplane.