Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thrifty Strategy- Making baby food

Today was a big day. My daughter turned six months old today (can't believe it), and what better way for her to celebrate than by trying peas for the first time! After successful eating of rice cereal, unsweetened applesauce, and some avocado, I decided it was time to bust out the cute little grinder I had registered for and make some baby food.

Even better, Target had their Market Pantry frozen peas on sale for 99 cents this week.

First, I steamed about 3/4 cup of peas on the stove. Then I let them cool. I used my little hand grinder to grind them up and got....

Yummy! I tried it and it tastes really good. The whole process took about 10 minutes. It was a bit thick for our daughter, so I mixed her serving with a little breastmilk. She seemed to like it. This little container above probably has enough in it for four or so servings. I still have over 3/4 of the bag of peas left. Talk about thrifty! And it feels really good to know exactly what she's eating.

In the future, I plan to use my giant Cuisinart food processor to make large batches of baby food to freeze, but the hand grinder is great for making small amounts so that we can make sure she will eat it before we go nuts making a huge batch. Or if I'm going to make a veggie for dinner, I could just steam some extra and grind it for her to eat when we are eating.


  1. I am loving making Austins food. One thing to note...you can't refreeze the food if you use frozen peas to make it. (You probably could, but two books I have read say not to do it). So if you're going to make a bunch to freeze, you have start from fresh food.

  2. Thanks for the info, Janice! I hadn't seen that. Duly noted!


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