It has occurred to me that I never followed up on a topic of interest. Having received a lot of curiosity regarding my baby food prep, here are a few pics that depict what it is Bennett and I have going on here at home.
First off, these are the squeeze pouches that I use to freeze his food. I like
- the screw-on lids (which don’t pop off if they’re jostled around in travel).
- the fact that when food squeezes out (like toothpaste from a tube), air does not get back inside the pouch and therefore the food keeps longer/fresher in the fridge.
- that a spoon can attach right to the spout (which keeps things so much neater since the food squeezes onto the spoon).
- that I can use disposable OR reusable/washable pouches.
So how do I get the food in there? Easy. I use this little press station (you can purchase it here). I got it with some gift card money at Babies R Us and probably used a 20% off coupon, thereby likely having paid about twenty buckaroos. (The station itself comes with a few pouches, but the bulk of them are typically purchased separately as needed, as are the handy-dandy spoons). On the far right, you’ll see the snug press slightly sticking over the fill tube having just squeezed a puree into a pouch.
I surely think this’ll save me $$$ in the long run.
Sometimes when I’m making a large batch, the Vitamix blender does the trick. But I had been given a Beaba as a baby shower gift and it does a terrific job containing the mess and making pureeing food comfortably fit into the routine of cooking my and Brian’s dinner as well.
Off the top of my head and in no particular order, Bennett has so far eaten (and enjoyed):
- sweet potato
- white potato
- heavy cream
- cottage cheese
- basa filet
- egg yolk
- spaghetti squash
- green beans
- coconut oil
- cod liver oil
Naturally I conduct a quality control taste test before forcing anything too bland upon Bennett. 😉 And I do not hesitate to salt the food a bit to taste.
How have you seen baby food done?
Excellent! I’m so glad you can do this for him. 🙂
I’m so glad to see you here. Your love of life will keep you in the mix and it makes me so happy.
Big hug from me to you,
Yay Vitamix. Those pouches are cool! Do they make bigger ones for hungry grown ups, I wonder? What a great list. Bennett is a lucky, lucky baby boy 🙂
Hungry grown ups? Who crave pureed food? Ha! I don’t know.
I tried freezing ahead…but the containers I had were too small (my peanut eats a lot). So I just started making things as I needed them. Sometimes I store her food in plastic ball jars (which can go in the freezer). Now she likes chunks too and often eats what we eat (which is pretty convenient.) If we were on the go a lot I’d probably invest in the squeeze bags…at this point I am not sure it’s worth it… wish I knew about them sooner! Maybe in the future…
You know, not one single person told me about this little system, so don’t feel bad. I think it’s relatively new. But you know me, I researched it to death. This seemed to suit our lifestyle, so I’m glad it’s an affordable kit!
On a daily basis I can go over to the applesauce plant and watch millions of baby food pouches be filled by a high speed filling machine. But that doesn’t help you very much.
I don’t think my daughter, who is forty plus, has tasted all of these foods. Bennett could be Top Chef some day with his epicurean tastes. Such a healthy, happy boy.
Very cool that Bennett has had all this good food! One question, what is “basa filet”?
Some kind of white fish. That’s how it’s labeled at the Grand Mart. (We like cod. Basa filet is slightly less costly and fairly comparable.)
I love that you do this for him. He is going to be so healthy! You’re a good momma! This may help him to not have food allergies, too. So many people that come into the restaurant do. It’s slightly ridiculous some days.