It’s time for Cooking with Trent!
As I mentioned in my Nuby Nibbler Review, Trent’s solid food-eating journey began with homemade sweet potatoes a few weeks ago. We started out with a vegetable, because babies can sometimes prefer the sweetness of fruits over vegetables once they start fruits, so we wanted him to be interested in a vegetable first.
Sweet potato is a popular choice as a first food and it was quite simple to make. Sweet potatoes have so many nutrients:
How to make easy homemade sweet potato baby food.
We started with 3 medium sweet potatoes. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet with aluminum foil and pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork or knife.
Bake for 1 hour at 425 degrees. They are done when they are wrinkled and tender and able to be easily pierced with a tip of a knife.
Pull them out of the oven and let cool. We let ours sit for a couple of hours while we ate dinner and hung out for the night.
When they are cooled, cut them in half.
Scoop the insides out into a food processor. Throw the skins away.
Blend for about a 30 seconds. Continue blending while mixing in water and scraping the sides until the potatoes are the desired consistency. This will depend on what level the baby is at. Trent is just starting out, so we make his to a puree consistency. Older, more experienced babies may not even need the potatoes to be watered down. I’ve even read that you can also use breastmilk or formula to water them down. We used Gerber Pure Purified Water.
At this point, they are ready to eat!
Next, we did 3 things. 1) We left out a small serving to give him once we were finished. 2) We put some in the refrigerator for the next 2-3 days (it is recommended to not use any food in the fridge after 3 days). 3) We divided the rest up into these Fresh Baby Freezer Trays and put them in the freezer.
We chose these trays because they create nice little ice cube sized servings and have a lid, so the smell or taste of a nearby food doesn’t leak into the baby food.
Once the cubes were frozen, we transferred them into a Freezer Ziploc bag and labeled it with the food item and the date it was prepared. Baby food can stay in the freezer up to 3 months! By labeling the bag, you can make multiple bags and know which one to use first.
Each night, we just take out how much we want to feed him the next day or two and place each cube into a small container in the fridge to defrost.
After the food is thawed, you can either 1) remove a container from the fridge and let it sit out for 30 minutes prior to meal time to reach room temperature or 2) warm it up using a small saucepan. Trent likes warm baby food, so we actually use our Nuby bottle warmer to warm his food up. It is not recommended to use a microwave since it can cause hot spots that will burn baby’s mouth and can cause loss of nutrients.
Three sweet potatoes yielded 24 servings. He is only eating one serving a day right now, so we have almost a month’s worth of baby food for less than 30 minutes of actual work (not including the baking time) and for just a few dollars! Making your own baby food doesn’t have to be a tedious or expensive process. Trent gobbled them up!
We have been reading these two books on homemade baby food to get ideas on what foods to start with and recipes for as he gets older.
Products we use to prepare the baby food:
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