When my husband and I were first discussing having babies many, many years ago, his biggest reservation was that babies turn into toddlers that always have jam-covered fingers. Fast forward seven years, it turns out once you start feeding a child ANYTHING (no matter the age) they have sticky, grimy fingers! Though my husband is not thrilled about Little Man’s grimy mitts, we do enjoy his adorable face smeared with whatever we decided to feed him that day. The good news is, we know exactly what it is that we are feeding him because we make our own baby food.
Why on Earth would I go through all the time and hassle to make my son’s food? To be honest, it is super easy and really does not take very much time at all. I also really appreciate knowing how his food is preserved (freezer!) and making sure that he is being fed food that I’m comfortable with. I will walk you through how I make Little Man’s baby food (sweet potato puree, yum!) so that it is as easy to follow and can be done even with a rambunctious baby in tow.
Here are some tools you will need:
- Food Processor
- Stock Pot
- Potato Peeler
- Sharp Kitchen Knife
- Cutting Board
3 large sweet Potatoes
4 Cups of filtered water (for cooking veggies)
- Wash and peel your sweet potatoes. If you have your kiddo in a carrier, I would recommend always having them facing inward whenever working in the kitchen for safety reasons.
- Once the potatoes are peeled, I rinse them again to avoid any residual dirt from the peeling process.
- Start a pot of water filled with roughly four cups (roughly one liter), or enough water to cover the potatoes. Place the temperature to medium-high heat.
- Cut sweet potatoes into pieces that are roughly two-inches thick.
- Place cut pieces of sweet potato into the water that is not yet boiling.
- From here, I like to wait until the water starts to boil and set a timer for 12 minutes. This should leave your potatoes tender enough that a fork can pierce them.
Note: In case your kiddo decides that it’s nap time or has prevented you from being able to tend to the sweet potatoes for any time after the water starts boiling, do not worry! Little Man decided he needed to take a nap right in the middle of making his last batch of sweet potatoes, and they turned out perfect! All I did was turn off the burner with the pot still on the burner and left it covered until I could come back to it.
- Once your potatoes have passed the fork test, strain them in a colander or remove them piece by piece with slotted spoon. This step I do with my son on a blanket on the other side of the kitchen to avoid any burning injuries. Though I am careful in the kitchen, hot liquids seem to be the easiest to screw up so why take the chance?
- Place the potatoes directly into your food processor with the rotary blade setting. I personally like using my metal rotary blade, but I would imagine plastic would be fine as well.
- Turn on the food processor until you no longer see any chunks. I found it took roughly one minute for my food processor to get the job done.
- Place into storage container of your choosing. I personally use the Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food and Breast Milk Storage Trays for portioning purposes. I personally like these trays because they are made from biodegradable plastic, and are BPA and phthalate free! In the case of the sweet potatoes, the contents will be hot when going into the storage container, so it is important to have a BPA free container for that purpose.
- Freeze and call it a day!
- Once the food has set, I transfer them to freezer bags so that I can make more baby food without needing more freezing containers.
I enjoy making Little Man’s baby food because there’s just something about knowing exactly what I’m putting into my child’s mouth that gives me peace of mind. There is so much to worry about as a parent, so I eliminate that concern by doing it myself. An added bonus is that most baby food can be easily made alongside your regular daily cooking. I am constantly juggling tasks so having something I don’t have to watch closely is right up my alley.
I hope these instructions make preparing your own baby food a little less scary and a lot easier! Happy parenting!