I'm back in the baby food making business with my second these days and thought I'd do a post on homemade baby puree. I'm a huge fan of making baby food yourself. It saves money, doesn't require a lot of time or effort, and allows you to introduce your baby to a much greater variety of foods than you can find jarred on your supermarket shelves. Not to mention the fresh factor. Have you ever compared homemade pureed peas to the jarred peas? The difference in color is reason enough to persuade you towards homemade.
But just look at all of those delicious foods: eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, banana, potatoes, yams, chicken, organic brown rice, pears, mango, broccoli, and butternut squash. What a spread!
To cook the rice, use a 2-t0-1 ratio of water to rice. Combine in a pot, bring to a boil, turn it down to low and let it cook covered about 30 minutes.
Now on to the noisy part: pureeing. Once your foods are steamed, let them take turns getting pulverized in the food processor. As they blend, add in remaining cooking liquid to get the desired consistency.
I spoon my purees into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze them.
Three frozen ice cubes is about the equivalent of a typical jar of purchased baby food. And that's about how much my 8 month old eats for a meal. I just nuke them in the microwave for about a minute and breakfast (or lunch or dinner) is served! You can combine different cubes to make your own veggie medley.