Is this a beautiful site or what? The whole bottom shelf of our freezer is nearly packed completely full of different flavors of baby food.
When I began making baby food I thought that it made more sense to make a couple small batches every week. I am not too big of a person to admit how wrong I was. Take it from me, finding time to make two or more batches of baby food every week in the midst of everything else is nearly impossible. So I purchased some more storage containers and froze a bit and left a bit in the refrigerator, but that still meant making at least one weekly batch. Next?
I found my way into the tupperware aisle at the grocery store and loaded up my cart with the itty bitty Ziplock containers that I love so much. Next I hit the produce section and filled up the cart with apples, peaches, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrots and sweet potatoes. It seemed like a nice variety so I made my way to the cashier and checked out with all of my supplies.
At home I spent about two hours in the kitchen peeling, chopping, steaming and pureeing up various flavors of baby food. Here are the tasty flavors I cooked up and added to my freezer stockpile. (FYI, cooked vegetables and fruits can half a shelf life of up to SIX months in the freezer or just 2-4 days in the refrigerator).
1. Sweet potato
3. Broccoli & cauliflower
4. Apples & peaches
6. Apples & carrots
Well, now that our little peanut is a little older than six months it’s time to start introducing some more variety into his diet including some protein. I just recently found out that babies are born with a surplus of Iron in their system which is slowly dished out to their bodies over the first six to seven months. After that point you need to start introducing more protein into their diet like chicken (regular chicken is okay, but I’ve heard that dark meat is better. But meat doesn’t have to be the only way to introduce the proper amount of iron, there’s also other vegetables like spinach.
Personally, I am very excited to start our boy onto some new flavors starting with berries, chicken, turkey, potatoes, lentils, spinach and corn!