So I discussed we visited my parents place to help out at an event in the small town I grew up in. I was going to write about this but it is bigger post than I can handle after a full day of helping my parents and a two hour drive so that post will have to wait.
When we visit our parents invariably my mother has made something for us. Today it was the usual awesome chutneys, homemade tomato sauce (nana sauce as my 2 year old calls it) crab apple jelly and on this occasion a large number of bottled organic home grown apples and nectars. These have nothing but fruit and water. Straight out of the orchard and into the bottle not much more you can ask for in regards to freshness.
My mother does this because she has an excess and knows that we prefer to make our own baby food and this will help us out.
Why do we make our own food for our children? The main reason is that we know what is in the food. Even the best of the organic baby foods have way more sugar than ours and you are never quite sure what might be in them. Don’t get me wrong we keep a few bottles of commercial food in our baby bag and bring it out when required but we try to keep this to a minimum.
The other reason is cost. We generally make our own from fresh fruit simply stewed and then pureed and frozen in ice cube contains before being put into bags. It is pretty cheap to get some fruit and stew it. We have worked out the cost at about one fifth the cost of commercial baby food.
As far as convenience goes easy to make and then easier to serve. A few seconds in a microwave to defrost and our little one has a mixture of pumpkin and sweat potato or pear and apple or stone fruit. We sometimes bulk it with a little baby porridge and our little pudding loves it. We often struggle to get him to eat the commercial baby foods but I have seen him get through about six cubes of homemade food in a sitting.
So nanas stewed apples will come in very handy soon as winter kicks in and good organic apples get harder and more expensive to come by.
Have a go yourself if you have a little one. Your child and your wallet will be in much better shape.
Core and skin 3 apples or pears (or a mixture) or about twice as many stone fruit with the skin removed and pips removed. Cube and place in about a two table spoons of water in pot cover with a lid and simmer till soft. Keep stirring to stop it sticking. Puree with a stick blender then freeze in ice cube trays. Great mixed as quick snack with baby porridge
Peal and cube ingredients add a few tablespoons of water in pot cover with a lid and simmer till soft. Keep stirring to stop it sticking. Mash or puree with a stick blender then freeze in ice cube trays