Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Easy Crock Pot Baby Food

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Easy Crock Pot Baby Food

If you are expecting, know someone who has a baby or someday will have a baby, then this is the post for you!  Homemade baby food is easy, cheap and well worth the time.

Easy Crock Pot Baby Food...pick a combo of fruits and vegetables, let it cook down all day while you tend to the kids, puree it up and viola!  Homemade baby food without much fuss. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I have been making homemade baby food since our first child was born in 2009.  At first I just thought it would be fun.  I'll make my own!  My child will love it! 

While both of those statements were true, I also realized that it was easy on my pocketbook and I was feeding my child healthy and nutritious servings of the very first "food" items to enter their mouth.  My eyes tended to glaze over reading some ingredients on those cute baby food jars.  It was hard for me to comprehend why some of that "stuff" needed to go into my child's food when really all I needed to do was cook down some fruits and vegetables and call it good.

Up until my third child {who is now almost 9 months old} I simply steamed or cooked down my vegetables and fruits on the stove, then pureed and froze into cubes.  Why it took me over 5 years to use the crock pot, I'll never know.

Honestly, I've probably lost some brain cells.  Kids can do that!

Enter in a couple of weeks back when a light bulb went off.  Why not throw everything into the crock pot, add some liquid and let it cook down slowly?  That way I wouldn't have to monitor it on the stove when trying to tend to the family.

Ding, ding, ding!

Easy Crock Pot Baby Food...pick a combo of fruits and vegetables, let it cook down all day while you tend to the kids, puree it up and viola!  Homemade baby food without much fuss. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

With that light blub moment I set out to test my first batch: carrots, apples and pears.  It was what I had on hand and I figured they would all blend well into a sweet, smooth batch.

I will say the house smelled delicious.  It was almost like I was making a mild applesauce.  After 6 hours I popped open the lid and allowed it to cool.  With a simple puree {I use this immersion blender} and a pour into an ice cube tray, my work was done!

What was great was that I didn't have to babysit this.  That is the great thing about the crock pot.  Dump it all in and walk away!  Remember I have three kids, ages 5, 3 and 9 months.  My time is precious.  Anything to make my life easier, I'm all about.

Easy Crock Pot Baby Food...pick a combo of fruits and vegetables, let it cook down all day while you tend to the kids, puree it up and viola!  Homemade baby food without much fuss. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Like I said, I used carrots, apples and pears.  Other combinations that would work well together might be: sweet potatoes, butternut squash and apples or parsnips, zucchini and lima beans.

Want more insight?  Check out this article, the "Top 45 Best Baby Foods".  It will tell you everything you want to know about avocados, bananas, blueberries and even lentils!  There are so many foods out there that are nutrituous for your baby.

Yes, I know in reality some of these combos don't sound great to us, but to babies they are heavenly!  The key is getting a variety into your little one to test and enhance their taste buds.

Easy Crock Pot Baby Food
Print this Recipe!
*makes 2 1/3 cups puree

2 apples, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 pears, chopped
1 carton vegetable or chicken stock

1.  Wash your produce and chop into uniform sizes.
2.  Place in a medium to large crock pot.
3.  Pour enough stock over the produce to cover.
4.  Set the crock pot to LOW.
5.  Between 4-6 hours, check for tenderness.  When soft, allow mixture to cool.
6.  Blend with an immersion blender or pour into a blender.
7.  When smooth, pour into clean ice cube trays and freeze.
8.  When cubes are frozen, pop out and place in a plastic freezer storage bag.
9.  When ready to eat, allow cubes to thaw or defrost in the microwave.
10.  Mix with breast milk, formula or water to meet your desired consistency.

Now I know I have many, many readers who are far removed from raising babies, so do me a favor and share this post with your loved ones, friends with younger children or simply on your social media pages.  You never know who may need this information!

And lastly, if you have a spare second and have faith, send a quick prayer to me today.  I'm speaking in front of 20+ women about my blog and meal planning.  It's been a LONG time since I've gotten in front of my peers!

Thanks a bunch.

Easy Crock Pot Baby Food...pick a combo of fruits and vegetables, let it cook down all day while you tend to the kids, puree it up and viola!  Homemade baby food without much fuss. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

1 comment:

  1. Becca @ Bare Feet on the DashFebruary 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    DIY Baby food is SUCH a great way to save money! Thanks for linking up at the Fabulously Frugal Link Party!

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