For this week's goal, I wanted to make homemade baby food for my 5-month-old. For both cheapness and goodness sake I make most of the food in my home from scratch--bread, pizza, biscuits, teething biscuits, smoothies, bran muffins, Goldfish, granola, Oreos--so why I never tried to make homemade baby food before now, I'll never know...because seriously, it is so easy.
I found a recipe in my acquired-last-summer-but-didn't-get-around-to-reading-it-until-now copy of Start Fresh by Tyler Florence, famous chef and father of three. Basic recipes with minimal ingredients and simple instructions make this book super easy to use, even for the most inexperienced cook (I mean come on, can you really call steaming a vegetable and then mashing it up a recipe?).
For my baby, I decided to start with sweet potatoes mixed with golden potatoes. If you want to see what I did (and also see some seriously cute baby pics), follow the "Read More" link below!
Homemade Sweet Potato Puree ... adapted from this book
2. Pour 3 cups of water into the bottom layer of the steamer (or a pot with a steamer basket, or a pot with a colander set in it).
3. Place the chunks in the upper layer of the steamer (or into your steaming basket or colander).
4. Bring water to a boil and then steam fruit/veggies for 8-15 minutes until tender (basically when you can stick a fork in it and it feels soft). Something a little firmer like potatoes or carrots will take a bit longer than something softer like summer squash or broccoli.
5. Transfer to a blender, add a little of the steaming water, and blend until smooth.
My goal for next week is to sew a pot holder with pockets for my hands. They look a little intimidating, but there are some great tutorials online and I got some really cute fruity fabric from the remnant bin at Meijer a few weeks ago that I think will be perfect for it, so here's hoping I can get it to turn out right!
Do you make your own baby food? What are your baby's favorite flavors? Let me know in the comments section, and as always thanks for reading!