September 20, 2011

Baby Chef

I gotta be honest, I never intended to be a "make your own baby food" kind of mama.  Maybe I'm lazy, or just not that hard core, but I don't cloth diaper, I don't make her clothes, I don't buy organic, and I never planned on making baby food either.  But in doing some research, I've discovered that homemade baby food can have much higher calorie content (the packaged stuff has a lot of water) and many would argue it's also healthier.  So, I signed up to start making Clara's baby food.  What I didn't expect is that I'd actually have fun with it!  Here's the step by step of my first baby food adventure.  We bought a big basket of SC peaches on our way back from GA after Labor Day weekend and they were incredible.  Despite our eating them 3 times a day, we had so many they were starting to go bad faster than we could consume them.  So I figured it was a good time to make some, freeze 'em and have them ready for Clara even after peach season is a distant memory.  Baby food peaches, Chef Hardy style:

Start with some scrumptious summer peaches...


Half them, and place them open side down in a pan with a wee bit of water....


Place 'em in the oven (ugh, photographic evidence of how much mine needs cleaning!) at 425 and bake till they're soft (mine took about an hour)


It's best to do all this while the baby is napping, but if she wakes up too early, I suggest containing her in something like this jumper.  She'll love it.

 

Pull the peaches out when they're soft and sniff the sweet smell of baked peaches in the whole house.


Put peaches in the blender and give it a whirl


Till they're smooth and creamy


Spoon peaches into ice cube trays


 Cover with clear plastic wrap and freeze


After they're frozen solid, remove and bag in freezer ziplocks.  Ready to grab and go for up to three months!

 

 Or, spoon peaches into another container of your choice.  Here we use specimen cups.  Yep, I hung out in the hospital a little too long....

Serve peaches to an adorable little baby


And hope that maybe just some of it gets in her mouth.


Next on the agenda: carrots and green beans!  Mmmmmm!

8 comments:

  1. yumm!! so jealous that clara gets to eat sc peaches all the time.. now all she needs is baby food from mema and papa's tomatoes..

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  2. That is awesome! We made Adair's babyfood too, squash, zuchinni, sweet potatoes, peas, carrott, anything we could think of! She is 15 months (weighs 19lbs, born 5 weeks early) and she LOVES food!

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  3. That is so cool! And by the look on Clara's face, she thinks her Mommy is pretty cool too for making something that tastes so yummy! Clara just keeps getting cuter and cuter! Hugs from an adoring fan!

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  4. I plan on doing the same thing! I actually just purchased a baby bullet at Target. It comes with a recipe book and an 8 or 12, can't remember, piece bpa free freezer container. You can also order more on their website, or go to amazon and order some freezer safe baby food containers. Clara is beautiful and next time you guys come to Elberton, I better get to meet the sweet girl I've prayed for!

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  5. Isn't it great to be a stay at home mom????? I can tell Miss Clara thinks so. Cherish these days, dear Chrissy, as they really do fly by .... just ask your mom!

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  6. I am so excited to see how big, healthy, and beautiful Clara has become! She has come a long way, and I am so happy I have been able to follow her progress! Keep up the good work Baby Clara!

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  7. Clara is such a sweet little peach, herself. And aren't you just peachy to make homemade baby food for her. Love the pictures !

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  8. Very cute! I never would have guessed that they needed cooked! Thank goodness I never tried to make homemade babyhood! Clara looks awesome!

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