Many of you probably make your own baby food, or at least have thought about it. Well I'm hear to tell you that it is so simple, way cheaper, and so much healthier and safer for your baby. There are plenty of great books out there that outline the benefits and simple plans to make it, so I won't spend much time on that now. (Simple recipe below) What I'm excited about today is how to store your homemade baby food! Yes, I've enjoyed the economical and health benefits of making my own baby food, but I did miss the ease of grabbing a jar from the cupboard and throwing it in my diaper bag on my way out the door. Solution: Why not put my own baby food in jars! Duh! These adorable little 4 ounce or 8 ounce jars can be bought at Walmart for under $8.00 a dozen. So all you have to do is make up your baby food, pour it into these cute little jars, and stick them in the freezer. Viola! Next time you're running out the door with your baby, grab a jar from the freezer and throw it in your diaper bag. No need to refrigerate it while you're out. It will defrost by the time you need to use it! It's that simple.
Homemade Sweet Potato Babyfood
3-4 sweet potatoes (make sure they are about the same size)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a fork, poke a few holes in each sweet potato. Place sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet lined with foil and place in oven.
2. Bake for about an hour. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove the skins. (They will come off easily, with your fingers.)
3. Slice into small chunks and blend in a blender with water. Add enough water to get your desired consistency.
4. Pour into 4 or 8 ounce jars and place in the freezer. You may want to label them with the contents and date to help you remember what's in there! (For 4 sweet potatoes, I used about 24 of the 4-oz jars.) Enjoy!