I don't know if you want to call it irony or just being decent parents, but we want the absolute best food for Jude & Sloane. For us, that means knowing exactly what is going into their chubby little bodies. And when we found out making baby food can also be much, much cheaper... well that just solidified our decision.
(Sidenote: This does not mean they will only eat food made by us. I realize it may not be practical in all situations.)
Making baby food is nothing new and I'm clearly not the first to do this. What I prepared is the absolute easiest way to do it. However, when you see where we started (text messages below) you'll understand why I'm so proud. A few friends have asked how I did it, what I used, etc., so I thought a short blog post would suffice. I even managed to capture a few pictures!
So this is where we started yesterday evening:
Solid. I wish I could say it was a joke. Nope. Not at all. I'd heard that squash could be a bit difficult to manage so I asked Michael to slice it right down the middle before he left for work this morning. He did, covered it in saran wrap, and stuck it back in the fridge.
There are many ways to prepare squash, but my choices were limited. Since we don't have a steamer I decided to bake the squash, which I also read is the quickest way to prepare it and allows it to retain more of the nutrients/taste.
After preheating the oven to 400 degrees, I scooped out the seeds and stringy stuff, placed both meat-side down in a roasting pan and filled it with one inch of water. Once the oven was ready I baked the squash for 45 minutes.
When it was done baking, I simply dug out the good stuff and threw it into our blender.
I poured the mixture into my Oxo Tot Baby Blocks, let them cool, and then stuck them in the freezer. A lot of my friends use ice trays--we don't have any and the Oxo Tot Baby Blocks were given to us at a baby shower.
I did most of this during their morning nap. I cooked the squash while they were awake and prepared the food while they were asleep. Prep time took about 40 minutes and I'm sure that time will lessen with experience.
Also, they never show this part but I consider it HUGE. Here's the clean-up. Pretty easy:
One $4.50 butternut squash made 28 oz of baby food. Not bad! But the most important question of all, how did the kiddos like it?
Here's a before shot. They were so excited. :)
(By the way, if you're grossed out that I used the same spoon for both babies... they share everything. Clothes, burp cloths, boobs, spoons. Done.)
A friend sent me this link, which has tons of baby food recipes (some with 10+ ingredients--holy cow) and what I used as a reference for the squash. I plan on using it as much as possible.
I'm really excited to make all sorts of food for them. I hope they love everything else as much as they enjoyed the squash! Both were sad when it was gone and Sloane kept trying to yank the spoon out of my hand so she could feed herself.
I was so happy with the results that I used the loose change in my diaper bag to run through the Taco Bell drive-through.