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Monday, January 21, 2008

Super Baby Experiment One

Through a reference here, we discovered the Super Baby Food book. Basically, this book encourages people to feed their babies real food, not jarred Gerber stuff. The author claims making your own baby food is healthier and cheaper than store bought. Well, OK. That makes sense. She also claims that feeding your baby homemade food is easy. Hmmm... let's see.

The key to this process is pureeing a bunch of food at once and then freezing it in ice cube trays to create baby-sized portions. When baby needs food, you pull out a couple of cubes (i.e., servings) and feed her.

This is super baby food experiment #1 - papaya. I started with a ripe papaya from the grocery store. I washed it with warm water because it was not an organic papaya,* despite the fact that I spent a good thirty minutes at the grocery store looking for organic. Once clean, I sliced it in half and scooped out the pretty little black seeds.

The next step is to scoop out the flesh with a spoon and puree it in a blender. Like so.

Once blended, you pour the papaya "sauce" into ice cube trays. I bought three trays that came with their own little plastic lids to cover the baby food while freezing. One papaya filled almost all of the three trays (all but two cubes in the last tray).

Once they are frozen, I can remove the cubes from the trays and pop them into a labeled freezer bag. Then we are ready for when Miss G has a craving for papaya. Obviously, we will have to wait until we get back home with her until we can try this out. I am encouraged by the prep process, though. One papaya took 15 minutes, tops.

*According to the book, you can use cold water for washing organic veggies; supposedly cold water is better for preserving nutrients. However, non-organic veggies and fruit should be washed in warm water so that the pesticides wash off. Now you know why I tried so hard to find organic. Bleagh.

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Anonymous tshapedgirl said...

So fun- I started this as soon as we got home with my daughter. I also really like "First Meals" - also by Annabel Karmel. I still use this book for ideas, and my girl is nearly three!

Have fun with this- I really enjoy cooking for my daughter and introducing her to delicious and healthy foods.

January 22, 2008 5:42 AM  
Blogger SweDaisy said...

It's great to see that people still make their own baby food, when I was little that's what my mom did with me and I hope to do with my kids. This method also works well with beans and carrots.

January 22, 2008 5:57 AM  
Blogger rebx said...

I found a long-lost bag of frozen pureed yam cubes in my freezer a while back...I loved this system, and my daughters seemed to love the food. Bananas and avocados were a big hit, both separate and mixed together. I also love Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair - A different approach that worked well for us in concert w/ the frozen cubes. I still use a lot of her recipes as staples because they taste great to everyone.

January 22, 2008 3:01 PM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

I used this book and carried it around with me my son's entire first year and still refer to it although don't do as many of the toddler recipes. I love this book. My son eats so well because of it. I pureed everything - stuff like beets, leeks, he ate it all and is the least picky eater i know! Congrats on becoming a mama. I'm looking at adopting soon i hope. I have a son now but would like to adopt a few children. Your experience looks good so maybe i'll look towards china... nice blog too. :-)

February 11, 2008 11:09 PM  

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