I have two beautiful girls and one bundle of joy on the way, and I have made homemade baby food for both children and plan to do the same for the third. Thank goodness they took to the food no problem.
I always started with a big pot of boiling water. I would buy different types of lean meats each time, from boneless skinless chicken breast, turkey breast, lean ground lamb, and grain-fed veal, all organic, steroid-free, and pesticide-free meats. (Usually from a butcher shop, rather than a supermarket, where it is prepackaged.)
In the pot of water, I place my choice of meat for that week. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, the fat from the meat will surface to the top. I carefully remove that with a small handheld strainer. I then add all my vegetables: peeled carrots, peeled potato (at times I would substitute the potato with yams), washed celery, whole tomato, fresh parsley, and half an onion (just for taste; remove before blending). You can add whatever other vegetable you would like. Let that cook for about one or two hours.
Once it is cooked, I get my blender ready. In the blender, I throw in a piece of meat, a piece of each vegetable, and some broth. I then blend it all together until it reaches a nice creamy consistency (you can add broth as you go along). Next, I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it. When the cubes are frozen, you can simply dump them into a zip-lock bag and take them out as you need them: one, two, or three cubes, depending on your child’s appetite. They are also great for outings. Put a few cubes in a small Tupperware container and away you go!
I would make two or three batches of this with different varieties of meats and freeze them; this way my child would not be eating the same thing everyday. Who doesn’t get bored of chicken everyday or veal everyday? If you have a variety baby food in your freezer, your baby will not get bored.
– submitted by: M.B., mom of two girls, aged five and three years, and four months pregnant with number three
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