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Old 09-02-09, 02:44 PM
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I've been making most of my own food. But I was getting annoyed with the ice cube tray. I'm inept....I can't get the cubes out well. So I started using my rubber muffin thing. It works great. I fiil each muffin cup 1/3 to 1/2 full and it fits in a snack bag perfect for freezing and it is easy to pop out.

Also, I found some jars of 2nd foods for 5 cent a jar at walmart last week, marked down from 50 cent!!!! I usually don't use the jars, but they're good for travel and for my father in law (he keeps J 1-2 days a week, and it's much easier for him to open a jar....LOL). I bought 144 jars for 7.10!!! It would have been 71.00
 
I know we definitely won't use all the jarred stuff, so I'm going to donate what we don't use to the food bank or the battered woman's shelter.

Also, J won't eat the babyfood I make from green beans, peas, carrots or peaches, but he WILL eat those from a jar......what's the deal with that?????

He loves the pears, sweet potatoes, avocado, banana's and butternut squash I make.
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Old 09-02-09, 04:15 PM
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Wow, what a good deal on the jarred food!! SCORE!!

Alex isn't a "green" food eater yet, either. He's spit out every green thing I've tried. He'll come around, though. REMEMBER: Babies often need 10-15 exposures to a food before their palates decide if they like it. So keep at it.
 


I just made a new batch of carrots this afternoon. I sometimes have trouble with the ice cube trays but that's when I call DH!
 
He pops them out and I put them into freezer bags.
 


Your muffin tin idea is a good one. I don't have any silicone ones so mine would just be stuck in there.
 
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Old 09-02-09, 05:36 PM
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I have been wanting to make some foods that I can't get in jars, like avocados. One problem, I've never prepared avocados before for anything. What is the best way. Also should I steam the fruits and veggies before I blend them? Help. I want Joseph to eat good foods and I have all this time on my hands. I need to be more industrious about his foods..
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Old 09-02-09, 07:53 PM
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It's really good. I love using the silicone muffin thing the best for freezing. For the avocados all I do is peel and puree....sometimes i add a banana to them, J like the two together, and I add 2 drops of lemon juice to keep the color better. Not that it really matters. The only thing I cook are the veggies and peaches (they're sweeter after I bake them, he won't eat them uncooked). I almost always add oatmeal or rice when I feed it to him to thicken it up!

Deanna I didn't know that about their palates! THANKS I will definitely keep trying!
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I steam or bake everything (except apples and they get peeled/sliced and go into the crock pot) except most fruits. Most fruits can be mashed when they're ripe (bananas, pears, avocado, etc.).

Today I steamed three 1-pound bags of carrots and pureed them with my hand blender, then filled the ice cube trays and they're ready to roll. Tomorrow I'll make sweet potatoes (in the oven, scoop out the potatoes after they've baked and mash). I'm waiting for the pears to ripen so I can mash those up and I'll probably do apples on the weekend. Squash is about to come into season so I'll start making squash soon, too. I like making squash because it's super easy--wash the outside, slice down the middle, place pulp-side down on tray and fill with about 1" of water. Bake until mushy, scrape out the pulp and puree if desired.

I also thicken the foods at serving time with oatmeal and heat just slightly--he doesn't like cold things, except frozen waffles.

If you need any help, just let me know. I've made lots and lots of baby food--I started when Sarah was a baby and she's in first grade now. Char is off to her second year of preschool now so it's fun to be making baby food again.
 
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