K.T. asks from Portland, OR on August 29, 2008
How Did You Store Your Homemade Baby Food?
I'm beginning the process of looking into making my own baby food. My daughter is 5 months old and in the next month to month and a half I want to introduce solids. My questions are:
1. Did you use specially marketed ice cube trays with lids?
2. Did you just use plain old ice cube trays? If so, did you cover them with anything?
3. Did you use individual 2 oz. containers?
4. If you used ice cube trays, can you store the food in baggies after it's frozen?
I appreciate any input. I hate cooking and I don't grocery shop (my husband cooks and shops) but I'm willing to give a couple hours here and there to make a bunch of food and freeze it to ensure she gets only the best.
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So What Happened?™
What a spectacular response I received from so many of you! Your responses have invigorated me to WANT to cook for my daughter. A rare feat indeed. I think my husband is jealous! Anyway, I'll be going the plain old ice cube tray and freezer baggie route. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
S.J. answers from Spokane on September 02, 2008
I made both my kids babyfood. I never gave them anything else. Here is what I did.
I bought a steamer. fill it up with whatever you want like for instance a 2 pound bag of baby carrots. Once done I would mash or blend in a bowl and spoon into plain ice cube trays, cover with handy wrap and freeze. Then I would pop out into a ziplock back. At first you only use 1 cube. Just put one in a bowl on the counter to thaw-does not take long. If it is too thick just add a little water or formula to thin out. Warm slightly in the microwave. The best thing about this is you could make up a bunch of different kids of food now so when you are ready to start using them it is all ready. Much healthier than the stuff in the store.
A.D. answers from Corvallis on August 31, 2008
Wanted to let you know about a book I found very helpful with feeding my first...Super Baby Food by Rugh Yaron. Has good advice about food prep., homemade baby cereals and so on. She is a little over the top in her insistance on some things but easily read past the opinions.
L.J. answers from Portland on August 30, 2008
I use regular ice cube trays and cover them with plastic wrap. Once they are completely frozen I put them into zip lock baggies. This also frees up my ice cube trays to make other foods to keep the variety good in the freezer.
E.R. answers from Eugene on August 30, 2008
I have made baby food four all four of my children, and I wouldn't do it any other way. I freeze it in regular ice cube trays that have been washed in the dishwasher and simply put them in the freezer uncovered. When they are frozen, I put them into 1 gallon bags labeled in the freezer. If you leave the food in the trays too long, they tend to shrivel up and loose water so watch the time. If you freeze in the morning, transfer them before you go to bed, or if in the evening, transfer first thing in the morning. You can figure out how much is in each cube by measuring first, but once you know what you want, puree and pour. It's easy to tell my husband/grandparents/babysitter how many cubes the baby needs. Meat has a different texture than you see in the jars, but the baby doesn't know that! For travelling, I have used jared meat and all my babies have done fine changing from store bought to homemade meat. Just try the store bought at home before you go so you don't have any surprises. I have travelled with homemade meat for the baby, I just worry more about its storage.
I have used both a regular blender and a hand mixer with a chopping blade to make my food.
Hope this helps!
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J.K. answers from Portland on August 30, 2008
I used regular ice-cube trays, then stored the frozen cubes in zip-top baggies. It worked great! The easiest is peas (don't even have to cook!) and soft fruits. Don't attempt green beans unless you really want to work... they're too stringy. Once my DS was ond enough to start meats, I started mixing broth with cereal. I made the broth into ice-cubes too. A great website for tips and recipes is: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/
C.H. answers from Seattle on August 30, 2008
I purchased regular ice cube trays that came with covers. I got them online, but I think places like Target carry them as well. It was definitely handy to be able to stack the trays in the freezer. You only need to freeze them overnight or for about 12 hours and then you can transfer the cubes to a (labeled) freezer bag. It makes them much easier to access and it opens op your trays for another variety of food.
I found that making my own food was quite easy. My son now is a toddler and I use the trays as regular ice cube trays again until the next kid will come along!
K.S. answers from Seattle on September 01, 2008
I steamed/cooked fruit and veggies, then pureed them. (blended them, using their own juice they'd been cooked in, and sometimes some extra water, too)
I used regular ice cube trays, and didn't cover them. We never had any problems because of this, but the trays were the only uncovered thing in the freezer.
I stored the cubes in plastic zipper bags. When I made a lot of stuff at one time, I labelled it with dates and everything, but after a while I knew what was what without doing that.
I don't really cook or shop either, so I tried to do fairly big batches of these fruit and veggie cubes at once.
My son is 3 now, and he usually eats chunks of everything now, but I still cook some veggies in quantity ahead of time, and freeze them with the cube trays, or even blend some things, like squash. (that little boy LOVES squash!) I also use them to freeze small portions of homemade applesauce.
A.G. answers from Seattle on August 30, 2008
I always used regular ice cube trays. After the food was frozen, I moved it to freezer bags labeled with which kind of food it was. Then I thawed it, either alone or in combination with other kinds of fruits or vegetables. I never tried meat.
B.G. answers from Portland on August 30, 2008
A friend of mine ended up buying some baby food in glass jars, and just froze the food in the glass jars once that food was gone. I'm sure she probably bought organic stuff to begin with so that her son's first food was good stuff. Have fun!
T.R. answers from Portland on August 30, 2008
We use the regular store-bought ice cube trays, though we use the flexible ones. We pour the food in them, leave in freezer until frozen then we pop the food out and transfer to a ziploc freezer bag. Works great!
C.T. answers from Seattle on August 30, 2008
I bought a dozen 4oz canning jars and used those. I'd just take out what I needed to start and when she got older I moved up to 8 oz jars.
I tried (once) the plastic ice cube trays with lids and I hated them! It was hard to keep the lid closed and I'm guessing now that I know more the plastic probably had BPA's in it too.
C.-WAHM of 4.5 y/o virtual twins