Saturday, 12 July 2014

Baby Food

Part of being a one income family is figuring out how to avoid spending money on things that don't need to be so expensive.  Deep thoughts, I know, but we're still working out this being a grown up stuff!  Baby food is ridiculously expensive here ($1.50+ per can, at two a day that could add up so fast).  So.. I'm experimenting with making our own.

Clem took the longest nap of her life this week, 3.5 hours whhaaaaat.  After the first two hours I almost didn't know what to do with myself, so I took some pictures to distract from checking on her every five minutes.

So, here we go.

Step 1: Buy all the vegetables.  I do pumpkin, carrots, beets, and cauliflower. I've tried potatoes and peas but our princess doesn't care for them.

Step 2: Chop all the vegetables.  My hands were pretty sore after this part because I was doing such a big batch.  I find that getting the whole job done in one go makes it easier.

Beets are pretty.

Step 3: Steam all the vegetables!  This part takes forever, mostly because I am doing it with only a small strainer.  Why don't I just buy a proper steaming pot????  I need to get on that.

Step 4: Blend!  I didn't document the rest because it was messy.  I do it in the blender and add a bit of water or almond milk to get it to the right consistency.  It's sort of like making a one vegetable smoothie.

Step 5: Freeze in ice cube trays.  Again with the messiness.  I rub a little olive oil on them first and then it's scooping, smoothing, and smacking them against the counter a few times to settle the puree.  It gets everywhere!

The product of a hard and satisfying day in the kitchen.  Beets are the messiest but I love the color.

A very satisfied customer!  She loves the beets but she has a special knack for getting them on EVERYTHING (less messy vegetables only end up on most things).


  1. Will princess eat the veggie bits if you skip the pureeing step and just leave them chunky and mooshy? If she can pick up the bites, maybe she can just moosh them after they're already in the pie-hole?

  2. You should talk to Eliza about baby food. I think she skipped that whole step and just fed her children what they ate, but in a pureed form. Saves tons and I think it introduces them to more foods and flavors better. Her children all eat really well.

  3. Yeah that's basically what I'm doing too. My Mom mentioned that you can buy one of those food grinders for that purpose, but I haven't seen them in stores here. Clementine will eat pretty much anything, including spicy things. Amen to saving tons of money, I like that part the best.

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