|Crockpot the Baby Food|
Annabelle’s food is homemade from organic fresh fruit and vegetables that I’ve purchased at the grocery store. I am also a person who is very time constrained and convenience is a big concern of mine. After accidentally leaving the squash on the stove for too long and burning it, cooking all these different things in different pots, and cleaning all this stuff up, I was beginning to get very annoyed.
I looked around my kitchen in exasperation wondering if I might find something else, and there in the corner was my crockpot. If you are not opposed to the juice of the other fruits and vegetables mingling with each other, using the crock pot cut down my baby food prep from about 6-8 hours to about 4.
Please note that I use a Potato Ricer to mash the food. If you are using a blender or other instrument, you may need to modify preparation.
- Squash: Cut up vegetables with a hard skin into manageable pieces. If you use a Potato Ricer and Baby Food Strainer, then no need to peel skin.
- Apples: Wash and core (do not cut up, just take out the center with a corer)
- Pears: Wash skin, leave as whole
- Carrots: Peel the carrots & chop into segments about 1/2″ to 1″
- Zucchini: Thinly slice zucchini and leave the skin on
- Yams & Sweet Potatoes: Chop into slices about 1″ to 1 1/2″ thick
On low setting for 5-6 hours. Modify as needed.
Using a Potato Ricer, I mashed up the food. Next, if needed, add breast milk to the food.
- Apples and Pears: Use a slotted spoon to pull out the soft fruit otherwise it will disintegrate.
I found these great trays at Whole Foods, and they are available on Amazon as well. I had so much food from using this system that I had to use my standby ice cube trays. Each tray holds about 3 meals (1 day) so this made almost 10 days worth of food for me.
The cool thing about the trays is that I can mix and match on the fly. For example, yesterday for breakfast, she had a half avocado mashed with a cube of pear. In the afternoon, we had sweet potatoes (2 cubes) with a carrot (1 cube).
I really like this system because it is fast, easy, and convenient. The cooking is much easier now, the preparation is easy, and all I have to do is remember to pull out the cubes. If I don’t, its not a big deal because I can defrost it quickly using my electric tea kettle and a bowl (I fill the bowl with hot water and then set her food dish inside the bowl. Within five minutes, it’s usually defrosted.)
Also, I haven’t tried this with protein yet, but I’m sure it will be easy. If you try this out, let me know if you have any suggestions or if you like it?