I plan on making my own baby food I am wondering what kind of food processor to buy and any recipes to use.
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Courtney - posted on 02/04/2009
The Magic Bullet is the PERFECT processor! The cups that come with it are the perfect size for a batch of food. I have been using this for about 6 months and it works wonderfully on everything from fruits to meat. I just steam/boil the food (or cook in a skillet for meat...my son is 13 months so we just started doing meat about a month or so ago), then put the food w/ the cooking juices in the processor and blend it up. Then I freeze it in ice cube trays (w/ lids). I make about 2 weeks worth at a time (and sometimes have to make a small batch or two in between). At his age now, he gets most types of fruits and veggies and loves them. He has always liked the homemade kind way better that the jarred kind from the store (we sometimes take those with us when we are out and about). Some people think it's a lot of work (especially if you're working full-time like I do), but I can knock it out in a couple of hours and then I'm done for about 2 weeks, so it's totally worth it! :) Happy processing and I hope this helps.
Rebecca - posted on 07/18/2009
I just use a handheld blender with a puree attachment which is super easy to clean. I also use wholesomebabyfood.com as a guide and make up batches of fruits and veggies in one hit. I Puree it all and then put each puree into ice cubes. Once they're frozen I pop them out into snap lock bags and title and date them. I work full time so most of them go to my Mum (where bubs goes during the day) they're great in approx 30ml cubes because you can mix and match the flavours. I try to do as much as I can at once because I don't get a chance to do it that often and I find it quicker to do larger batches. I will admit it takes FOREVER, like 10 purees may have me in the kitchen most of the day (while I'm also getting washing done!!) but it's so worth it, not only for the value for money but also knowing exactly what's in my baby's food.
Cheryl - posted on 06/02/2009
I started out using a kid co brand manual puree grinder and it was awful! a lot of hard work and a pain to clean. Instead I bought a blender and it has worked wonderfully. I still use the kid co brand freezer trays which has the perfect size portions and lids that seal well to avoid freezer burn. I totally recommend making your own babyfood because it saves so much money, tastes way better, and then you always know exactly what your child is eating. I am a full time student and I work part-time and still found the time to do it, especially once I started using the blender. Good luck!
Laura - posted on 03/26/2009
I don't get to do this too much because I'm a full-time teacher and going to graduate school. I've found my small food processor to be perfect so I don't go overboard in quantity. My husband bought me a babyfood book from William-Sonoma that had some fun recipes but "exotic" ingredients. I just don't have time to go above and beyond, but my son loves the roasted red pepper and goat cheese! Maybe someone could get if for you as a gift :).
I store mine by using an ice cube tray to put them into manageable sizes. This time around I accidentally threw out the trays, so I just used cupcake trays with small pieces of waxed paper. I spooned in meal-sized portions, froze them, and then put them in a labeled freezer bag. Just be sure you don't make too much at a time and then it sits too long in the freezer.
Jeri - posted on 02/11/2009
I've been doing this for 6 moths for my current baby and also did it with my daughter who is now 4 1/2. You've made a great choice. I use www.wholesomebabyfood.com for my recipies. It is an excellent resource and I used it when my daughter was a toddler also. My son is 11 months old. We love the "bananacado" (bannana with avacado).
Jessica - posted on 02/05/2009
I have been thinking of doing this, since we are kind of on a tight budget and it seems that any pre-packaged baby food costs a pretty penny! Some questions for those that do this...
What kind of storage containers do you use?
If your kids go to daycare, are they OK with the homemade food and how it is packaged?
What is the time investment?
Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2009
I bought "the baby superfood" book. It is like a bible for feeding your baby homemade whole foods. Just use any food processor because you don't want to make to much in advance. I usually cook and puree then freeze a weeks worth of food. The book is great!! I would definatly pick it up.
Amanda - posted on 01/30/2009
Any size processor will work, it depends on how much food you want to make at a time. I have a 6 qt hamilton beach one that worked well for me.
I relied completely on www.wholesomebabyfood.com for recipies, storage guidelines, food introduction ages, ect. I hope this helps :)
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