|running through New Farm Park on the way to the markets|
Anyway my Mother in Law called me on my slackness the other day (in a nice way!) asking what delicious delicacies I'd been making for Amelie. I had to answer 'none'. Mashing a banana was as good as it had gotten. So at the markets today I made sure I stocked up on mashable fruit and veges for making baby food.
Making baby food is really easy, especially if you make it in bulk lots and freeze it in baby-sized portions. You can buy special trays and little jars for this, or ice cube trays work just as well. It's easy to take a little frozen portion with you if you go out and it will defrost in your bag just in time for lunch usually.
Today I made steamed pumpkin. A 1/4 piece of a pumpkin which cost us about $2 made about 12 portions of baby food. I just cut it up into smallish cubes and steam it on the stove. Steaming is great as it adds a little moisture and is a super healthy way to cook. I just then fork mash it up. (If you don't have a steamer you can microwave or boil) Amelie had some for lunch and loved it.
|portions of pear, apple & raspberry puree ready for freezing|
I also love making my own fruit purees. Just cut up your apple or pear into cubes and place in a saucepan with just a dash of water, just enough to stop you burning the bum out of your saucepan. Today I did 3 old mangey pears that had been kicking around in the fridge for weeks, plus 2 apples and a handful of frozen raspberries. You just cook it on a low heat, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn or stick, until you can fork mash it up. The raspberries made this batch smell delicious, sweet and very red. I didn't bother to strain out the little raspberry pit thingys but you could if you were really concerened. Amelie had a little sample of this one too and thought it was excellent.
If you are stewing or steaming slighly harder veges or fruit like parsnip, carrot or peas, I just use a little hand mixer and give it a quick blitz. It just cuts it up a bit easier for you. Once your bub is used to single flavours like pumpkin or sweet potato, try combining them for a bit more of a taste sensation.