homemade baby food

whenever i can find time in between miles’ naps, i make him batches of baby food. this morning i tackled an organic baked peach puree. i’ve found that even with organic fruits and vegetables, making baby food is still cheaper than purchasing baby food pre-made.

there are a lot of ways to cook peaches for baby food, but i find that the best flavor is produced from baked peaches.

here’s what you’ll need for making baby food:

food processor or blender
baking sheet
ice cube trays or other baby food trays such as the beaba multiportion freezer trays

preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. wash the fruit. i’ve used organic peaches because i had recently read that organic peaches are on the dirty dozen list of fruits/vegetables with the most pesticide residue. cut each peach in half by running a paring knife from the stem to the base and back up to the stem again. take ahold of each side and twist the sides in opposite directions. one side of the peach should come out clean. the other side should have a pit. carefully cut out the pit.

place open sides down on a baking sheet filled with 1/2 to an inch of water. bake at 425 degrees fahrenheit for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the peaches are soft and tender. remove the peaches from the pan and let them cool to the touch. reserve any left over water for thinning out the puree. once the peaches are cooled, peel the skin from fruit. (note: the skin may be left on your baked peaches if your child is 8+ months old). place the peaches into a food processor or blender and puree the peaches.  if necessary, add the reserved water to the puree. this will help create a smooth, thin puree.

pour the puree into ice cube trays. i used the beaba multiportion freezer trays. let the purees cool on the counter before putting them into the freezer. this will keep the puree from warming up any other foods in the freezer.


once the purees are frozen, remove them from the trays and put them in freezer bags. label the bags with the name of the puree and date it was frozen. i used labels from martha stewart that i printed onto laserprint sticker paper.

ORGANIC BAKED PEACH BABY FOOD

ingredients:
 5-6 peaches

directions:
1. preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
2. wash the fruit.
3. cut each peach in half by running a paring knife from the stem to the base and back up to the stem again. take ahold of each side and twist the sides in opposite direction. one side of the peach should come out clean. the other side should have a pit. carefully cut out the pit.
4. place open sides down on a baking sheet filled with 1/2 to an inch of water.
5. bake at 400 degrees fahrenheit for approximately 15-20 minutes until the peaches are soft and tender.
6. remove the peaches from the pan and let them cool to the touch. reserve any left over water for thinning out the puree.
7. once the peaches are cooled, peel the skin from fruit. (note: the skin may be left on your baked peaches if your child is 8+ months old)
8. place the peaches into a food processor or blender and puree the peaches.
9. if necessary, add the reserved water to the puree. this will help create a smooth, thin puree.
10. pour the puree into ice cube trays or other baby food tray.
11. let the purees cool on the counter before putting them into the freezer. this will keep the puree from warming up any other foods in the freezer.
12. once the purees are frozen, remove them from the trays and put them in freezer bags.
13. label the bags with the name of the puree and date it was frozen.

 

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