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I am so excited! I made avacado and banana ice cubes for Leland. He loves avacado and banana right now, I had been just buying jar foods....but I firgured this would be easier and healthier. He loved the ground smooth avacado so much today, I bet he will love the rest.<br><br>
So, anyone else made/make their own baby food?
 

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I've never bought jarred food. But when Lindy was little I never did anything that seemed complicated enough to be called "making baby food." I mostly just took stuff we had on hand and smashed a little up with a fork. Didn't bother to make it ahead and freeze it, just smashed up enough for a meal. Now I sometimes make things for her like soup or rice with stuff mixed into it.
 

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Making baby/young toddler food used to consume most of one whole day of my precious two days off a week when the now big ones were little ones. But it was so worth it to know that they were getting the best I could give them and for the convenience for the rest of the week/fortnight.<br><br>
You need really big pots and pans to make big enough quantities.<br><br>
I used to begin by doing the shopping for ingredients fresh first thing that morning.<br><br>
I'd buy every fresh vege that looked nice for steaming -spinach, broccoli, carrots, beans, peas, cauliflower, corn etc, etc. Plus potato, pumpkin and sweet potato for boiling.<br><br>
Then I'd buy matching quantities each of beef fillet steak, pork fillet, chicken fillet, lamb fillet and flake (shark) fish - because it has no bones.<br><br>
Then boil and mash the potatoes, steam and blend the veges and mix everything together as the base.<br><br>
Then gently broil the meats seperately in water (no oil) . Chop/blend each one after cooking and place in 5 small bowls.<br><br>
Then make small quantities of mild cheese and white sauce, weak gravy and stocks. I varied these and made them more interesting as they got older.<br><br>
Then in each of the 5 big bowls put the vege base, one of the meats and a small quantity of the matching sauce.<br><br>
Then freeze the results in inititially it was ice cube trays but later it was small plastic containers (all marked) and put into the freezer.<br><br>
Voila! a week/fortnight of the best meals for baby ready.<br><br>
I did similar things with fruit.<br><br>
The washing up had to be seen to be believed!<br><br>
My little ones NEVER refused their food and other "fussy" eaters of my friends used to guts it down. My babysitter asked me for the recipes so she could make it for her family! unblended of course.<br><br>
My kids were early developers, very tall and strong, athletic and A grade in any sport they played as well as being bright, attentive and top academic students.<br><br>
A lot of that probably can be attributed to their genes but I like to think that my total devotion then and now to their nutrition helped them develop to thier full potential.
 

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I might have to try making my own meats for the baby because I can't bring myself to buy those meats in a jar. The one time years ago when I bought one for ds I about hurled when I opened the jar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross">.<br><br>
As for regular fruits and veggies I do it sometimes but I don't freeze it or anything. I just mash up some unseasoned veggies or fresh fruit for the baby as we are eating it. I did try and do the banana cubes once and my dd refused to eat it, she gagged on the stuff, how on earth do they get the 'naners in a jar so dang smooth?? I did use a food processor but still it wasn't smooth enough.<br><br>
As for defrosting the frozen stuff, do you just take enough for the next day out of the freezer the night before or do you reheat on the stove or in the microwave?
 
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