Now that Breyen is six months old, we have started on a new diet adventure. Breyen is now on semi-solids and is tasting new food every week.
With two kids to take care of, I have decided to make puréed food for Breyen once or twice a week and storing each batch in the freezer.
Even though I am a mother of two, this is something new to me. Truth be told, I almost never made puréed food for Phoebie. Shortly after she started on semi-solids, we relocated to the US. The moment I stepped into Walmart and saw the variety of puréed baby food, I knew it would be easier to buy them off the shelf. What attracted me more was the price. It would definitely be cheaper and more convenient to just buy the puréed baby food than to make them.
With Breyen, things are different now. Jarred baby food in Singapore is expensive. Maybe that is the best motivation and reason for me to be hardworking this time and make my baby’s food instead of buying.
Because I know that babies will eat puréed food for only a few months before they move on to chunkier food, I didn’t want to waste money buying equipment that I would use for only those few months. I decided that the best way to prepare Breyen’s puréed food was to look around my kitchen and work with what I already have.
For sweet potato purée, for instance,
There are two ways I purée the cooked food.
The next step is to pack everything in small portions and freeze them.
I didn’t want to buy freezing trays or stack containers in my freezer, so I came up with this method.
To thaw, I take one portion (or however much baby will eat) at a time the night before.
When I want to feed Breyen, I put the thawed portion into a bowl of hot water to heat up. I then mix the purée with some baby cereal and the baby food is ready to be served.
If I have the time, I try to give Breyen freshly made purée, but with two kids, it isn’t always possible. As long as the puréed food is prepared in a clean and hygienic kitchen and stored properly, I can still give Breyen homemade purée.
Each batch may take some time to prepare but it’s a great money saver, especially in Singapore.