After getting the green light from our pediatrician when the babies were four months old, we decided to start solids. Before our twins had even arrived, I decided that I was going to make all of my own baby food, so I know exactly what’s in it. And honestly, making baby food is easy!
We decided to start with sweet potatoes, because really, who doesn’t like sweet potatoes? We’ll try it for four days in order to rule out any possible allergies. After that, we’ll continue introducing various fruits and veggies over the next few months as the babies become more familiar with the spoon and new textures.
I found a few “recipes” online. All of which were super easy. If you don’t have a food processor to puree the food, you can just use a blender, or a potato ricer to reach the desired consistency.
After running the sweet potatoes through the food processor, I froze the mash in Green Sprouts food storage containers (only $6 on Amazon). Once they were completely frozen, I popped the cubes out and stored them in an airtight container in the freezer.
Stored this way, the baby food sill be good for up to three months. When it’s time to use them, I just have to defrost a cube or two and mix it with breast milk. I don’t think it could be any easier.
Give a quick scrub to clean the sweet potatoes or yams.
Wrap each potato in a piece of foil and place on the middle rack of your oven and set it to 400 degrees. Place an extra piece of foil on the rack underneath, just in case some juices leak out. You really don’t want that sugary mess burning inside of your oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when squeezed. Let potatoes cool and then peel off skins.
Slice cooled potatoes into pieces and place in food processor.
Blend until it reaches the desired consistency.
Spoon into ice cube trays or food storage trays.
We did the same thing with some frozen peas. You just boil them in hot water and then puree, mush, or mash until they’re smooth. And just so you know, frozen peas are just as good as fresh peas, and they’re much more accessible. In an episode of Good Eats, Alton Brown says frozen peas are fine, which means they’re fine with me!
The baby food turned out really well, and I’m sure that once the babies get used to the spoon and this whole eating-something-that’s-not-coming-from-a-bottle idea, they’ll love it too!