I couldn’t be smug about breastfeeding for very long since everything went so terribly wrong almost right away. So I moved on to cloth diapering, there’s a bit of smuggery to be had there but I have to remind myself not to be too proud of myself since I have approximately a dozenhundred more loads of laundry a than someone who uses disposables exclusively. Which brings me to baby food. I posted on facebook that I realized why one of my best friends cans so much, the smugness that comes along with being able to do something that so many people rely on commercial food companies to do for them.
And it turns out I’m not alone.
Obviously making your own baby food isn’t anything new. My mom would brag about how she used to have a food mill and grind up all of my baby food as I spoon fed my first out of little glass jars. I remember thinking how archaic it must have been to go to the trouble of making your own smooshed up food.
Oh, you silly first time mom you.
Turns out making your own baby food has about a dozen benefits including knowing where the food came from. But one of the greatest benefits is that I don’t have to worry about running to the store to get more or worrying about what to do with all those tiny 2.5 oz. glass jars (glass recycling is hard to come by where we live.) Just like cloth diapers, there’s comfort in knowing that there isn’t much of an expense to anticipate in the coming months.
With farmer’s markets dwindling, I stocked up on some end of season vegetables, pureed them and froze them in ice cube trays. My freezer is full of little ice cube shaped green beans, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, peas and squash. I was also able to feed her avocado, one of my favorite green things and something commercial baby food makers are unable to supply. As she tries more food I’ll be able to make combinations easier with the little pureed food cubes than I could with food in jars.
Making your own baby food isn’t nearly the investment that cloth diapering is. A food mill and steamer basket is really all you need. I have a small food processor that works wonders however I’ve been using a Baby Brezza I received as a shower gift. I really like it, aside from it scaring the ever loving daylights out of me when it LOUDLY blends the food without warning after it is done steaming it.
Consensus on my facebook wall confirmed that there is a certain internal pride that comes along with making your own baby food, have you felt it?