The second I saw the 2 lines on the pregnancy test (and the 4 others I did afterwards, just to make sure…), I knew I wanted to try and feed my baby as organic and naturally as I could. So I headed straight to Pinterest, to make my research, which resulted in these boards:
Go have a look. Actually I wasn’t that impressed with the recipes I found for baby food, so I decided to get creative instead. I figured the best recipes had a bit of fruit to add a sweet flavor. Since my little baby didn’t know better (then), I wanted to keep her baby food more savory then sweet. There is no need to teach our small babies that food needs to taste sweet. They will get enough of that as they grow (and visit their grandparents!) 😉
My thoughts for creating this very simple baby puree were: Simple, a little sweetness, fulfilling and fresh!
Carrot, Apple & Zucchini Baby Puree
Delicious homemade baby puree for your baby. This is Dianna's favorite and the first she tasted. Freezer-friendly!
- 2 apples
- 4 medium sized carrots
- 1 big zucchini
- Step 1 Wash everything!
- Step 2 Peel the carrots and apples (unless they’re organic!)
- Step 3 Cut into cubes or slices (HINT: Especially good for carrots and potatoes, that take longer to cook!)
- Step 4 Put into saucepan and add water. Simmer covered, until you can cut through with a spoon.
- Step 5 Blend everything
- Step 6 Put in containers and refrigerate (or freeze!)
I’ve tried a mixture of storing methods for my homemade baby puree’s and a lot of the pins I found on Pinterest mentions using Ice-cube trays BUT remember Ice-cube trays don’t have the same standard as containers that have to be in contact with food! So make sure the plastic you use for your food is BPA-free. Also ice-cube trays don’t come with a cover, which is needed to keep your food air-tight and free from freezer burn (which ruins the quality of your food).
My favorite container, after trial and error, were these Sistema Mini Knick-Knack-Pack.
The size was perfect for Dianna. It fit for a snack or 2 for a meal and I love the colored lids, which made my kitchen and freezer colorful to look at.
Good to know
- Don’t add salt.
- When cooking carrots, I don’t add the cooking water before blending because of the nitrates! (But with everything else I do – extra nutrients!)
- Wait until the puree is cool before putting it in the containers.
- Wait 3-4 days before introducing a new food to see if there are any food-allergies.
- Muffin silicone forms can be used – just remember, no lids!
If you have any left over puree, use them in popsicle molds! Especially if it’s a semi-sweet recipe. Great healthy treat for older kids.
We have these cute Chuzy Chef umbrella molds:
We even bought some of those reusable food pouches too. They are just so easy and simple to have along when you’re out with your baby. And Dianna loves playing with the lid ad well – great for practicing those fine motor skills.
What are your favorite baby food recipes? And do you have any tips for storage or great products I’ve missed?
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