I want to share with all the moms of the world just how easy it is to make your own baby food! It’s also budget-friendly, healthy, and tastes amazing! Seriously if you have a little one please pause for a moment and read this post!
Since we try to be as frugal as possible I always knew that I would make our babies’ food. When my first daughter, Bethany, was ready to eat solids I did a bunch of research and jumped right in. I started with avocados because they’re amazing and all I had to do was mash them with a fork (win). Sweet potato was food #2. Roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods, so I choose to cook them by roasting instead of boiling.
I just wrap some potatoes in foil and bake for 1 to 2 hours until they’re soft.
Then I scoop out the insides of the potatoes and toss them into my Vitamix or food processor. At this point I pause and eat the skins sprinkled with a bit a sea salt. Yum. Then I resume the task at hand, add a TBS or two of water to the blender, and puree for about 60 seconds. I check the consistency, scrape the sides and blend longer or add more water if necessary.
Next I use these individual silicone brownie pans by wilton to make “food squares.” I LOVE these pans for two reasons, #1) each square holds exactly 1 TBS of puree and #2) since the pan is flexible it is super easy to release the frozen food squares once they’re ready! However, if you’re in a pinch regular ice cube trays work as well!
Once my pan or tray is full, I pop it in the freezer and, ta-da! Our baby food making is over!
Once the squares are frozen I toss them into a zip loc bag labeled “sweet potatoes. Then when it’s feeding time I just thaw a couple in the microwave and let my little one chow down. A few hours of prep and I have meals for weeks!
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Thoroughly wash your sweet potatoes.
- Wrap each sweet potato individually with aluminum foil.
- Place your sweet potatoes on a pan and put them in the oven.
- Bake for 1 to 2 hours, or until potatoes are soft to the touch.
- Remove potatoes from foil and let cool.
- Scoop out insides and place in a blender or food processor with 2 TBS water.
- Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary.
- Scoop puree into a pan or tray with individual square compartments and freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Remove squares from the pan and place in a plastic bag labeled "sweet potatoes."
To feed to your baby just reheat the desired number of squares in the microwave for 1 minute (then let cool to a palatable temperature for your baby)! You can also let sit in the fridge or at room temperature to thaw. But who has time for that?
I invested in two of these wilton pans when my first baby was born. I’ve used them for all three of my bambinos and they still look brand new. Wilton Silicon Individual Brownie Pan
If you make something from JoyFoodSunshine I would love to see your creations!