Thursday, April 28, 2011

My first time

Julianna is 11 months old ... and I am finally getting around to making some homemade baby food for her. I had all the best intentions of doing it before now but I could never get motivated enough - and truthfully I am totally comfortable with jarred food. It is still pure as long as you read ingredients and buy wisely.

About 2 months ago, I got this baby cookbook named "The best homemade baby food on the planet".
I read the book and had every intention of making great baby food, but I kept putting it off.  I even bought the little babyfood freezer containers.

Then last weekend, I was in the food store, and I saw the best invention in the fresh foods department. They actually sell cubed fresh veggies. They sell cubed Sweet potatoes, Acorn squash, Butternut squash, and some other great veggies! I bought some cubed acorn squash ... and decided it was time to try my hand at homemade baby food!

I spread it out on a baking sheet and baked it for 30 minutes @ 400 degrees. (It was 20 oz total).

I let it cool down & pureed with 7-8 tbsp of Apple juice (You can use formula or water too).

I also pureed an avocado since I had the food processor going & was on a roll!
I looked around for some other stuff to puree and decided to puree some bananas & strawberries. 

And did this with the avocado pit. My grandmother used to do this - and grow a plant. It would never sprout avocados (too cold here!) but it was cute that she used to grow a plant from the pit. 

I distributed the purees into my baby food containers and kept a couple in the fridge for
eating in the next day, then put the rest in the freezer.  

Update - Julianna hated despised her freshly pureed squash. She wanted nothing to do with it. My husband thought it was too thick for her. She just does not like thick or lumpy food yet. (It's going to be a long time to get her off of purees.) So... we tried to thin it down with water... No go.
Kick... flail... scream... screech... Not having it.

So tomorrow... we will try to thin it out {a lot} first and see if she'll eat it.
 I'm crossing my fingers. Mommy worked hard on that stupid puree!! It's weird because she loves the Gerber & Beechnut squash. It has the same ingredients (Squash - water!). What gives?!


  1. Skye maybe you should taste them both, the one you made and the one from the jar so that you can see the difference. I bet it because the baby food one from the jar is cooked more so that the taste is not as strong. I never made baby food but when my kids hit about 11 months I get out my baby food grinder and start them with grinding up a little of what we are having for dinner. Veggies meat, pasta or rice all of them you can make combinations with and its alot easier...


  2. I do both, make my own for somethings, others just easier to use the jars. Brooke was young when I started so she is not picky. Now I also feed her from my plate depending on what we are having. Peas, green beans, mashed potatoes etc. I just mush it with my spoon so she can eat it with out choking. We go to Cracker Barrel alot and I get the veggie plate and she loves everything. She has teeth now so you give her table food, cherrios, rolls etc.

  3. I bet the squash will grow on her. Chloe hated broccoli and now it's her favorite! Good luck.

  4. well. I tried again and I thinned it out just like her jarred squash (which she loves by the way) - and she hated it. It tastes identical to the jarred stuff once i thinned it out with water so much. Something about the fresh stuff makes her spazz out and flail and kick. OK then. Garbage can central. I am not that dedicated to continue torturing her with this stuff. She eats most everything we give her just fine - just not the fresh stuff. I have some avocado puree which I am holding off on - makes me think she will hate that too LOL. I'll try it this weekend.
    We are just trying to start the transition to table food since she just got her teeth. She still does not like anything lumpy or textury. So it's going to be a slowwww process. She will munch on a roll at dinner or something like that. I need to start trying the food puree thing like you said Jamie!

  5. I've grown a plant from the pit also! You can do it with a sweet potato in water also and it makes a pretty vine!


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