Organic Baby Food Making

As you know health is one of the most important things in our lives & this was my way of starting Kirby off eating clean & organic.

Please know that I am not a nutritionist. You should always consult a doctor before starting any nutrition plan for you or your baby. Below are some of the things that Kirby enjoyed daily during her time spent eating pureed fruits & veggies.
{Organic Baby Food Making}
I enjoy making my baby food in bulk because I find it much easier to have portions & varieties ready. I feel that if I were to attempt to make food daily or weekly I wouldn't be able to keep up. Give yourself a good 2 hours or more alone (after baby goes to bed or really early in the morning) it does take a while but it is so worth it, it will save you time in the long run. Not to mention the money you will save. The organic pouches run about $1.69/pouch. I can make an entire month & a half maybe two months worth of baby food for $50.
{Materials You will Need}
Whatever pots you have on hand
Large glass plate
Zip lock Freezer Bags
Permanent Marker 
{Preparation}
One- Allow all organic fruits & veggies with skins to soak in a 4:1 ratio of water to vinegar mixture for 30 minutes. This helps pull out any dirt or chemicals that they may have come in contact with (even though they are organic).
Two- Fill as many pots of water as you have enough burners for. Each veggie or fruit gets their own pot of water to boil in (Don't mix them. I tried it. F that. Trying to separate mushy fruits & veggies sucks & is a major waste of time).
Three- Turn one burner on while you peel the group of produce that will go into that pot. By the time you peel & slice them your water will be ready. Once you are done with that group turn the next burner on & peel & slice that group & so on.
Four- While the water is boiling peel your produce & slice them into chunks, small enough to go into your food processor, but not too small because then it just turns into a tedious pain in the ass. Another tip; core the apples & pears. You get more of the meat that way & it is way faster.  So you sort of have to judge how much of each fruit or veggie you want to make. Make sure you do it according to how many freezer treys you have & how often you want to make food. For example I would make about 10-12 apples at a time & I would make about 10-12 different varieties of food each time.
{Processing}
One- Once the produce is boiled soft enough so that you can mash it with your fingers, strain it & toss it in the food processor. I prefer to use the large food processor vs. a baby food bullet because it makes more at once. I would personally rather run my head into a wall than continuously refill that tiny thing.
Two- Run the processor until it is a smooth puree, open it & stir manually half way through then run it again (pears seemed to be the most chunky & took the longest to process for me). As baby gets older you can use the chop/pulse button instead & make the food slightly more textured & chunky to prep baby for solids. Be sure to get a processor that you don't have to stand there & hold it down to process (I have noticed that most baby food processors require you to do so), that shit doesn't work when you are trying to juggle 4 pots of boiling produce.  
Three- Personally I poured the processed food onto a glass plate before I transferred it in to the fresh food freezer treys. Once it was on the plate I took a spoon & scooped it into the individual portions. I used the rubber spatula (it works like a squeegee) to scrape every last bit food into the treys.
Four- I lightly picked the treys up & tapped the bottoms against the counter to bring up any air bubbles. Wipe the edges & place either the lid or a piece of saran wrap over the top & stick them in the freezer over night.
{Storage}
The morning after I let the food freeze overnight (get up early so you have time before baby is awake). I popped out the food portions, let them set out for a minute so they are easier to pop out.
Then I grabbed zip locks (large or small according to your freezer space) labeled & dated them and put the food in accordingly. Foods are good in the freezer for 3 months & once defrosted 24 hours.
{Serving & On The Go}
Every most mornings I liked to pull out what she would have for breakfast, lunch & dinner. I would put them in breast milk bags & label it breakfast lunch & dinner & place them into the fridge.
It makes it easier for others to help you in the food serving process as well. When I was ready to serve I would place a container of water in the microwave (just enough to fully submerge the food) to heat the water. Once it started boiling I would take it out & place the breast milk bag of baby food portions into the water until fully defrosted (microwaving the food directly destroys the vitamins & nutrients in the food). Some of the foods retained more water in the cooking process than others so I would add baby oatmeal to thicken it. As she got older & I began to mix foods I would mix thicker foods with watery foods to create a nice consistency. Then serve.

Now people say, well what happens when you have to go somewhere, isn't it a pain in the ass? Well it can be if you aren't ready. I typically just prepped her food right before we left (it literally takes 5 minutes to get it ready). Then I would place it in one of these bowls & throw an icepack in a smaller cooler bag like this, throw it in my diaper bag & it is good for 24 hours. So even if you had to pack lunch & dinner you are good for the entire day. If you have a busy day planned, just prep it when you prep breakfast & stick it in the fridge until you are ready to go.
{Organic Produce that we Used & our Favorite Combinations}
 Butternut Squash
Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Acorn Squash
Kabocha Squash
Sweet Pie Pumpkin
Sweet Potato
Yams
Spinach
Broccoli
Sugar Snap Peas
Snow Peas
Green Beans
Asparagus
Red Bell Pepper
Cauliflower
Purple Cauliflower
Avocado
Cantaloupe
Kiwi
Blueberries
Apples
Pears
Mangoes
Peaches
Red Raspberries
Bananas
Prunes

{Favorite Combos}
Breakfast: Typically oatmeal & fruit.
Lunch: Typically a green veggie with either apple or pear. The pear or apple really neutralized the strong flavor of the greens.
Dinner: Typically a gourd with another fruit, since gourds are typically heavier & more filling, to help with the overnight feedings.
Butternut Squash & Zucchini: A favorite because the thickness of the butternut squash balanced out the more watery zucchini.
Pear or Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal: A go to breakfast for Kirby.
Plain Greek Yogurt with Blueberry: Pretty tart, but if I added a little oatmeal to it she loved it.
Pumpkin Pie: sugar pie pumpkin, sweet potato, pear & cinnamon.

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