Blending for Baby
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It's understandable that we are becoming more aware of the artificial sweeteners and preservatives in our food. One thing we overlook often is baby food. We assume, naively, that since it's for babies, the manufacturers would take more care with their production- that's completely not the case. Those manufacturers are run just like any other business with only one thing in mind- maximizing profits. You wouldn't believe the low quality of ingredients most of them use, and the price they expect you to pay for them. Besides all of that, because of all the additives these manufacturers put in their items the end result may be that your child never wants to eat the foods as an adult.
I urge you to try blending for your baby. It's easy, cost effective, and truly doesn't take long. When my son was at this stage, I would spend about 2 hours on a Sunday and do enough for 2 weeks. Obviously you'll need a decent blender or food processor. You'll also need some small, individual, portion sized, freezer safe containers. Load up on fruits and vegetables of all kinds, Carrots, Cucumbers, Apples, Berries, Oranges, Mango, etc. Just get a good variety. Most of these won't be blended alone, this is to simply help with the taste and consistency.
Combination 1: for a great summer treat blend Kiwi Fruit (peeled) and strawberries (hulled). Pour into the individual containers, label, and put in the freezer. You can keep these in the freezer and spoon it as a frozen treat, or move to the refrigerator the night before and make it just a cold treat.
Combination 2: for something sweet and yummy blend bananas with some pineapple. I know this sounds a little strange, but it is yummy. Even the babysitters commented on this one. Don't necessarily go half and half on this one, start with the bananas as the main ingredient and then add pineapple a little at a time to taste. Store in the freezer, but move to the refrigerator the night before and make it a cold treat.
Combination 3: for a tropical combination blend mango, pineapple and strawberries. Pineapple and mango should be about half and half and then add a handful of strawberries. Store in the freezer, but move to the refrigerator the night before and make it a cold treat.
Now that you've gotten the idea for cold servings, lets move to some warm goodies.
Combination 4: Applesauce is so easy to make it's unbelievable, and when you make it at home you're not faced with all of the sugar that these store bought brands have. First step is to peel and core at least 5 apples (you want to have a good yield) then thinly slice and put into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add approximately 1/2 cup apple juice to the pan. Cover and simmer. This will take about an hour depending on which apples you chose it could take longer. You want the apples to be tender, but not mushy. I used to add a few cranberries to this mix and also cook with a cinnamon stick in the pan. Once this has all cooked up you put the batch into the blender (minus the cinnamon stick) and pulse to your preferred consistency. Same as everything else, store in the freezer, but move to the refrigerator the night before. Microwave in 30 second increments.
Combination 5: Carrots must be steamed then blended and put into the containers. Store in the freezer, but move to the refrigerator the night before. Microwave in 30 second increments.
Combination 6: Peas make a great addition to your at home menu. Like carrots, peas must be steamed then blended and put into containers. Store in the freezer, but move to the refrigerator the night before. Microwave in 30 second increments.
I hope this at least gives you some ideas. Although, with the frozen fruits you may want to mis-label those containers on purpose- I caught my husband eating those more than once.