Making baby food can be a bit time consuming, but I’ve found a few easy options that make it a little less time consuming and do-able.
The Beaba Babycook is definitely not a requirement for making baby food, but I’ve found it does make it a little easier on me. However, a blender will do just fine.
- It’s all done in one bowl, so you don’t have to dirty a pot/pan and a blender.
- You can turn it on and walk away.
- Don’t have to have the stove or oven on.
- It’s expensive.
- Doesn’t make much at a time.
I think the expense is definitely worth it if you are planning on having more than one kid and/or making most of your baby food.
The only thing it doesn’t do for you is cut up the fruit/vegetables first, and that’s the most time consuming part! So, I’ve found some easy alternatives to cut down on the cutting. These are the foods I make most often. I get all of these at Trader Joe’s.
- Frozen organic peas
- Frozen mango chunks
- Cut and cleaned green beans (in the fresh vegetables section)
- Butternut squash-cut in chunks (in the fresh vegetables section)
- Broccoli (in the fresh vegetables section)
- Zucchini-these are so easy and fast to cut
- Peaches, nectarines, apricots-these are the most time consuming, because you do have to cut them up…but, I put them in the Beaba Babycook with their skins on and then once they’re done steaming, the skins slide right off.
If your baby struggles with constipation, you want to stick to the P’s-peaches, plums, pears, apricots, peas. And you want to avoid bananas, apples, carrots, and squash.
My favorite book on making baby food is Cooking for Baby by Lisa Barnes. She has a section on using herbs and spices in baby food, which I would never have considered on my own. The book is filled with beautiful pictures of the food and includes options for older kids as well.
With most fruits/vegetables, you simply steam the raw produce to cook it and then blend it up. You can pour it into ice cube trays to freeze it. Once frozen, toss the cubes into ziploc bags and label. I usually just do a batch at the same time I’m in the kitchen making dinner…or sometimes I do a whole bunch on the weekend.
It’s easy, economical and healthy for baby!