Are you worried about how you will manage to make endless baby purees each and every day freshly for your little baby? I used to be worried about it, and then one day I stopped. Why? Because I found a way to save my time and peacefully feed my little one homemade purees. Yes, there were some who were happy about it and some who weren’t, but that did not deter me.
I used to freeze my baby’s food purees and use them within a week. There I said it. I know many moms will not agree to freeze and giving frozen, defrosted food to their babies. But, the choice is theirs, if they can get up and create fresh purees every day in the morning, good for them, and if they can’t, I will help you with that too.
See, till my daughter was around 1.5 years old, I used to be a working mom in a full-time job. Yes, I was fortunate to have seniors who let me work from home all the time, but I still had to be inside my office room. So, this meant I could not come out of my office at 1 pm and fix my daughter fresh-hot meals. The only way I could do that was through freezing the purees.
Here is how you go about making baby purees.
- Peel carrots, pumpkin, apples, pulpy fruits such as papayas, and pomegranates.
- Best way to cook them is using a steamer. If you do not have a steamer, you can steam them in the pressure cooker with minimal water. You need to be especially careful with carrots. Do not use leftover water after cooking carrots when making a puree.
- After the veggies are cooked, mash them in the mixer. Use a fine sieve and pass the puree through it. Make sure no lumpy food goes through. For pulpy fruits such as papayas, just mash them in the mixer and pass through the sieve.
- Here is the best part. Now scoop these purees into ice cube trays and let them set completely. After they are set, use zip lock bags and store these cubes separately for each veggie or fruit. When feeding the baby, defrost in different combinations and make your baby happy.
I used to always do this over the weekend to avoid the Monday morning laziness. If you do enough amounts, you are pretty much set for the week. I like creating fresh batches every week because somehow I feel it becomes staler after a week, weird I know, but it is what you call a mother’s instinct.
My daughter relished the purees and the pomegranate cubes. Try it for your loved one and let me know how it went. Did the baby find out it was premade? Just kidding for all the procrastinators out there. For others, please share how you store baby food, especially if you are working mom.