Saturday, October 09, 2010

Making your own: a babyfood manifesto!

After our wildly successful trip a couple of weeks ago to the Beaverton Farmer's Market where, compared to other farmer's markets in town that happen to be located next to a city university and are filled with, ugh, "foodies", double-wide strollers and people who seem to have no clue as to how to navigate their overfed bodies in public, all was uncrowded and delicious. I mentioned in my post about said visit that a whole bunch of fresh produce from that visit was going to feed the insatiable appetite of C-boy, whose hunger knows no bounds and who has yet to meet anything on a serving utensil that doesn't meet his standards of deliciousness.

So far, nine months in (3+ months on solids) we have yet to buy any jarred baby food. So, not only is he loving what we're shoving in his piehole, we're also saving a shitload of money by making our own. Too much hassle, you say? I say are you too damn lazy to fill a pan with a skim of water to steam various ingredients and pop them in the blender? If you answered yes, then I can only assume your child's favorite toy is the remote control to your TV which is never turned off. So to help you all who need to regain the respect of your children...and their pediatrician...and for god's sake's all you do.....
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Baby Food

First off, before I give you the "complicated" recipe for infantile home cooking using a steamer basket and blender, I have to admit to using an egregiously, embarrassingly overpriced and unnecessary gadget called a Beaba steamer/blender (pictured above, filled with beautiful peaches from Baird Family Orchards). Why would I spend too much money on such a thing when I have a perfectly usable steamer basket and even a Cuisinart mini-processor? Two reasons: 1-I'm a gadget whore. If it goes in the kitchen (and better yet plugs in!), I'm probably likely to buy it; 2-It is really fucking convenient and easy to clean/use, and I am lazy in my own way. So, with that out of the way....

1-Cut up whatever you think your precious reason-for-living might like, such as squash, apples, pears, zucchini, etc., into 1"-2" pieces and place in your steamer do have a steamer basket, right? If not they're about five bucks at the store. If you can't afford that, and you can with all the $$ you'll be saving on baby food...then I'm picturing your baby rolling around naked because he has no clothes to wear, and soiling himself and everything around him because he obviously also has no diapers. You can also dump frozen organic peas and other veggies right out of the bag into the steamer.

2-Fill the bottom of whatever pan you steam food in....again, you do have a pan for steaming food, right?...with a 1/4" of water. Place steamer basket into aforementioned pan. Cover pan. Place on stovetop. Turn burner to high. Don't forget to place the pan on the burner you just turned, do I have to tell you everything? Steam food until very soft (and yes, you will want it softer than you like it unless you have a proclivity for gumming your food from lack of childhood dental care). Carefully remove steamer basket from pan (this shit is HOT, 'yo) and place contents in blender. Purée food in blender until very smooth. When food cools, feed child results. I told you it was easy, didn't I??

NOTE: Okay, maybe you don't have a blender. But you do have forks, right? If you answered no to that question, perhaps you should rethink this whole "raising a child" thing. If you answered yes, take the fork and mash the hell out of the steamed food, which as I said above should be very soft, until it is smooth with no lumps.
That's my boy!!


dp said...

okay, forgive me because I was gone a long, long time, wrapped up in the drama of my own life. But I've been trying to catch up, reading all the blogs I lost touch with...and you have a baby! A baby that's 9 months old! Wow! Belated congratulations!

Good for you for making your own baby food. We did the same, although we used a baby-sized hand cranked food mill. Antiquated I know, but a little more sophisticated than 2 forks :-)

bb said...

Hey, great to hear from you! I know exactly what you mean about being gone. Hence my posting about once a week...if I'm lucky. He's been a great distraction, though. I used to read your stories about your boy and think how fun that would be. Now I'm there, and it's amazing...and tiring...and distracting.

Hope all is well with you, too. You've motivated me to start keeping up with other blogs, too. Starting with yours!

Amy said...

Loved the info! Hope it helps people understand how easy it is and so much more healthy & easy on your bank account. :-).

Mommy C said...

Just found you from a link that the Beaverton Farmers Market put on Facebook. We also have a 9 month old and I love making food for him. I highly recommend the book Super Baby Food and the website as resources.

bb said...

Amy...thanks for your kind comment. I just made C-boy a mix of zucchini (from my garden) and organic peas (from the store) for all next week at day care. Cost: about $1.50!!

M.C....I haven't seen that book, but have seen the website. Agree about the super info. thanks for sharing the food love!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

I can't wait to try to make my own babyfood someday... ya know when there's a baby around to eat it :)

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Gah! How adorable is he!

My brother and his wife do the same. They boiled and pureed green beans the other night and I tried to feed my niece but she wasn't having it. No green beans for her.

fedecuco said...

Mr BB, I found by chance your blog is excellent.
My name is Federico Cuco, am bartender near the end of the world.
Buenos Aires Argentina.

Just wanted to congratulate you and thank you, I'm learning a lot from your blog.

The people in your part of the world has amany good blogs, I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Morgenthaler do you know him?

Cordial greetings from Argentina

Erin @ Blue Egg Kitchen said...

I couldn't agree more that making your own baby food is the only way to go. To feed our 11-month-old daughter, we just make minor variations to whatever we're making, which is the basis for my blog. Your writing has great voice, by the way.

bb said...

WC- we couldn't agree more about the cuteness factor, and C-boy appreciates the props! We're lucky in that we still haven't found anything he won't eat. Tomorrow he gets his first pureed leftover pot roast!

Fede...and back at you. Thanks for the long distance shout!

Erin....thank you so much for the compliment on the blog. I appreciate it! We're still having a blast coming up with new and different things to puree!

Chef Basket said...

Thanks for this great post about homemade baby food. It looks like your boy loves it!