Mumsies!!! Happy Wednesday!! 🙂
As some of you may know, my Dapper Dude, Mason, turned six months on February 19th (I need to know why time is flying by like this!). Not only is he a half-year old, he started solids!! Woo hoo! Let the new tastes and funny faces begin, lol.
When Aria turned six months, I wanted to try to do the whole homemade baby food thing, but with being a new mom, working mom, and breastfeeding mom, I decided I wouldn’t be adding adding “homemade baby food-making mom” to my résumé.. Organic, store-bought food would do, and it did. With Mason, I knew for a fact I was going to tackle homemade food.
While I was on maternity leave, I developed cabin fever from time to time. To release, I would
go on these spending binges peruse the aisles at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and/or Targét and on one September day I found this gem:
Not only was it a Baby Brezza baby food maker–it was the Value Set, with a storage system, cleaning brushes, spatula, cookbook and the processor itself for a whopping $59.99!! At Target, the the food processor alone is $79.99 and the storage system is $20.00. *Doing the bargain dance* Clearly the baby food-making gods were shining down on me, and then the box said, “Yes, Ericka, make food for Mason. You’ll need me in five months. Buy me. Buy meeeee.” So I bought it.
I finally whipped this bad boy out on February 19th and got down to business. We did sweet potatoes as a first food and it worked out great! The machine was super simple to use since it steams and purées the food automatically. Think of that Rotisserie infomercial: “Set it and Forget it!” The only thing I had to do was wash, peel, and cut up the produce. I did find that I wasn’t too keen on the storage system that it came with, kinda fumbly, falling all over the place in the fridge and freezer. I tried the small tupperware containers that I had in the house too, meh. So, I explored other options and chose the Infantino Squeeze Station (on sale for $17.32 on Amazon) and Mumi and Bubi Solids Starter Kit.
You really don’t need both, but I like having the option of using one-ounce cubes at home and to mix different foods together or being able to use the pouch for travel or for larger portions and to store them in freezer. I also like the pouches because I can store the food the same way I store breastmilk. There are two lines on the back of the pouches for labeling the contents and the date it was made. Storage note: Food can be stored in the fridge for Up to 48 hours and in the freezer for up to two months but best when used within one. Thaw frozen food in warm water (the same way you thaw breastmilk).
To make the whole sha-bang more schedule-friendly, I decided I would prepare large batches of food once a month and freeze them. This time, I did Carrots, Peas, and Apples, (all Organic), and each week (or every 4-5 days) he gets a new food, or a mixture of two previously-introduced foods. Its easy to do this on a weekend because it only takes a couple of hours in total and you don’t even have to be confined to the kitchen during that time. Prep your produce all at once, and when one batch is done, just load in the next, and keep on moving.
Using the filling station was relatively easy. Because the apple and carrot purées were so smooth, I was able to fill the pouches almost without using the press. The peas…the peas were another story. I’m just going guess and say it was the pea skins clogging the hole, but as I was pressing the peas into the pouches, they splattered out of the tubes and decorated my kitchen.
All in all, I think I’m off to a good start adding the role of “Homemade Baby Food-Making mom” to my résumé. It’s much less of a daunting task than I thought it would be–dare I say, It’s … Easy? We shall see as time goes on, Mason’s appetite grows, and we incorporate meats.
Any of my fellow mumsies making baby food for their poshettes and dapper dudes? What’s your method? Recipes? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Love, hugs, and puréed peas,