Post # 1
So I really would like to make a good amount of baby food when it comes time. I don’t want to drop a lot of money on the babycook though, so I’m looking for advice on your setup. What system do you use to make babyfood? I’d like to cook in larger batches and freeze it in small portions.
Post # 3
I just used to cook the vegetables with no added salt, process then in the food processor, pour it into ice cube trays, freeze them, then pour the frozen cubes into a freezer bag labelled with the date and contents.
Easy to thaw out the amount you need.
Post # 4
We don’t have a setup yet but I plan to model after Smitten Kitchen’s baby food making setup. Have you seen hers?
Post # 5
That sounds like a great idea!!
I’ve thought about this as well so I’m interested for the responses.
If we do I think I will just use cookware/appliances we already have ininstead of buying equipment.
I’ve thought of cubing veggies, steaming then pureeing.
Post # 6
We don’t have a food processor or immersion blender right now. Any suggestions on a low cost, but solidly built one? Also, if I’m using it primarily for baby food, do I need to get a large one, or would something smaller like 3-4 cups size be big enough for making babyfood?
The silicone ice cube tray that smitten kitchen uses looks pretty cool. (here)
Post # 7
I REALLY want to do this too but really have no idea on how. This might be a dumb question but do I really need a seperate food processor or does a blender work just fine? lol
I really want to see more responses!
Post # 8
I really don’t see why you would need a seperate blender/etc just for making the baby food. Just make sure you clean it really well and sanitize prior to making the baby food.
I got a Kitchenaid immersion blender as a gift and it’s great! I don’t actually use the container that comes with it.
Post # 9
It all depends on what kind of blender you have. But a food processor really does work much, much better than a blender. I have a really nice Breville blender, but I still use my food processor for all purees, like when I make purees. I like my immersion blender for soup.
I have this food processor, it works really well, but I can’t wait to upgrade to a nice metal Cuisinart one because the motor is kind of weak:
And my mom bought me this immersion blender. It comes with EVERYTHING..haha.
Post # 11
I agree that a food processor is better at making baby food than blenders. For the first few months, the food really needs to be smooth. I bought the Cuisinart mini food processor (4 cup). It’s light, small, and doesn’t have too many parts to clean.
Making baby food was pretty easy once you get into the groove of things. Steaming was the quickest and easiest for me, and I found baking to be the most annoying b’cuz I had to wait for the oven to preheat and for the food to cool down afterwards. I’m impatient.
I did the same exact thing as julies1949, with silicone ice cube trays and freezer Ziplock bags. Each cube is about 1 oz. I also bought canning jars for thawing the cubes (pop 1 or 2 in a jar and leave it in the frig overnight) and transporting cubes on the go. I couldn’t afford glass tupperware, so these were a great alternative. Glass can be microwaved or frozen easily, doesn’t leech anything into the food, and doesn’t absorb smells/stains from the food.
… BUT. I gave up after 1 month. Haha. For one thing, both grandmothers went crazy buying jarred organic baby food. We were presented with a new bag full of jars everytime we saw either of them. And I quickly found that thawed baby food tastes disgusting. And I won’t feed my baby anything that I wouldn’t personally eat. So now I have a food processor, 2 silicone ice cube trays, and a case of canning jars that are gathering dust… much to my FH’s dismay lol.
Post # 12
@yoori: It tastes gross?! Is it because it’s not seasoned like we’re used to or does the flavor change? That’s really weird! (And good to know!)
Post # 13
Thawed baby food tastes like food without salt. Babies don’t need the salt- neither do we actually.
Post # 14
I started this thread some months ago that may also have some helpful information for you.
I plan on using an immersion blender and silicon trays. We currently lack a food processor and my mom just got us a cuisinart immersion blender (which she has and I really like) so I’ll see how things go and if we need to I’ll upgrade to a food processor, but I don’t feel that it’s necessary to get the babycook.
Post # 15
Actually it wasn’t that it tasted bland, that wouldn’t have bothered me in the least. I tested each store-bought jar of organic baby food before giving it to the baby, and that stuff is just as bland.
But when it thaws, a lot of the foods had a mushy diluted taste. Gross to me, but maybe not to others? I think it’s all a matter of personal preference. 🙂
Post # 16
I’ve been steaming everything in my regular pots and pans with a steamer insert (see this thread as to why) and then I blend everything up in the blender. Soon, I’ll probably skip the blender and just hand mash the food, since Addie is getting bigger and she can eat chunkier purees now. I freeze in these little 4 oz tupperware containers I picked up at the grocery store. I’m not sure if it’s just my baby, but Addie literally eats a whole container a day, so they are the perfect size; I just put one in the fridge the night before, and it’s ready to go by morning.
Also, my other advice is to not go overboard on baby food quite yet. I made a ton of apple sauce in October after apple picking one weekend, and we’re still working our way through it. :/ It took her a while to really catch on to solids and now she’s going to be eating applesauce at least through apple picking 2011, lol!