Because the AAP has researched and now suggests that you do not feed baby solid foods until 6 months of age, I'm waiting to start baby C on solids for another month. (See: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/HALF-Implementation-Guide/Age-Specific-Content/Pages/Infant-Food-and-Feeding.aspx#none). But, I decided this weekend to dive into the making of baby food because we went to the Apple Orchard! How fun is that? We brought home 20 pounds of apples! And let me tell you, 20 lbs of apples is a whole lotta apples! We made an apple crisp. By we, I mean my husband...I don't like to cook remember? Then we decided to make applesauce. I made a batch for the big people in our family (with brown sugar!), and a batch for the baby (just apples and water-sorry baby!). I just realized writing this that I might be a crock pot hoarder, because we have three, but it came in really handy when making the two separate batches of applesauce!
For the big-people applesauce, I followed the recipe from The Pioneer Woman, but I used a crock pot instead. I peeled and cored ten apples, cut them into slices, threw them in the crock pot with a tablespoon of lemon juice, a cup of water, 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Six hours later with the help of a slotted spoon, I had the most delicious applesauce.
For the baby applesauce, I double checked Wholesome Baby Food first , just to make sure I knew what I was doing, and I threw five apples in the crock pot (peeled and cored) with a 1/2 cup of water and let it sit on low for about six hours as well. When it was done, I didn't even need to puree it, I just let it cool for a bit and put it into ice cube trays to freeze in 1 oz portions. Once frozen, I placed the cubes into a freezer bag, ready for baby when she's a bit older. For the record, the baby applesauce version was just as good as the big-people version, so if you're watching your sugar intake I can recommend the sugar-free recipe in good faith :)
How about you? Anyone make their own baby food? The Wholesome Baby Food site is a great resource and I highly recommend you check it out.
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