When Riley was ready for solid food, I was excited to walk down the baby food aisle in the grocery store. But what was on the shelves did not interest me, at all! How could I feed Riley something that could sit on the shelf for months at a time? All the choices were filled with over-processed ingredients - some of which I couldn’t even pronounce. And what I wanted to feed her- fresh, organic, yummy baby food - wasn’t there.
So, I went over to the produce section and picked up real food - organic vegetables and fruits that I knew were fresh. Apples and carrots. Butternut squash, spinach, and avocados. I went home that day and made my first batch of homemade baby food; it was what started the process that is now Pure Spoon. I talked to my mom friends about flavor combinations. I asked them for hints and what worked for their babies. (I was surprised at just how many of us wanted homemade and just couldn’t find it.) I still reach out to moms when I can, because we are each other’s best resource. It took some time to get it right, and even then, Riley would decide that day broccoli was out (even though the day before it was her favorite!) Making Riley’s food was time consuming (and I was running another business). I found it difficult to store what I made for very long (I did freeze it into ice cubes.) And, we all know what it’s like to take a baby to the grocery store- 9 times out of 10 I had to change her or feed her or she was grumpy. But I persevered because it was the only option I had. I eventually found the right flavor combinations and the best way to store the food. Homemade is still the best choice for your baby. That is why I want you to know how to do it. It is time-consuming, takes planning ahead, shopping for more, and staying ahead of the game, but it’s worth it.
Homemade baby food is really just a puree. And to make anything tasty and healthy, you have to start with fresh, organic ingredients. The first step is to wash the ingredients for your puree. Then you will need to peel the ones that need to be peeled. ***Hint, as your baby gets older, you can leave on some skins, but check with your doctor to make sure you baby is ready to digest.
Once all your ingredients are washed and peeled, cut up your fruits and veggies into chunks and then lightly steam them in a steamer (You don’t have to steam anything that can be left raw, like avocados or bananas). I have written all about why steaming is better than boiling here.
Then, drop everything for the puree into a blender and blend away. Decant into storage bowls or jars, store in your fridge, and you can put the excess into ice trays to freeze for future use! ***Hint- I would make up several combos at a time so that Riley could have a few days’ supply and some different choices.
Most combinations will stay fresh up to three days in the fridge. But if you use avocados or bananas (a great way to make creamy concoctions) those will start to go off after a day or so.
I did notice some foods were hard to introduce, like butternut squash. I would mix any new flavors with something she loved, like apples or pears. This way I was introducing her to flavors of vegetables that most kiddos shy away from. I found out that by getting Riley used to the taste of fresh butternut squash or avocado or broccoli at a young age, she was far less likely to demand bland unhealthy food as she got older.
You will find that by introducing raw or lightly steamed purees rather than what you get with traditional baby foods, you’re giving your kids a diversity of flavors to taste and they won’t be picky eaters either. I like the simply pears for its purity in flavor
By making your own organic baby food, you will have the peace of mind that I had. I knew what my baby was eating; I knew all the ingredients; I knew they were organic and I knew the final product was food packed with nutrients and vitamins.
What about when we were out of the house? Or company was coming to visit? Or going back to work full-time? (An incredibly hard transition!) Or I was just tired, bone tired. I was a one-woman puree operation! I would wander back down that baby food aisle and look again, hoping to see something new. Something fresh, organic and healthy for my baby. Still nothing. This is why I started Pure Spoon. Now you have the same option I desperately wanted to have. Organic, fresh baby food in the grocery store.
At Pure Spoon, we prepare all of our purees with the same homemade approach as I told you about, peeling, washing, cutting, steaming and pureeing. The only difference is we do this on a commercial scale. In our kitchen, we use a process called HPP.
This process allows us to NOT to use preservatives and keep all the natural flavors and nutrients of the ingredients. And we can kill off any bad things getting into your baby’s food. In your kitchen, you don’t have to worry about bacteria, but for us, we need to make sure you are getting the safest, cleanest and freshest product possible and the HPP process is the best for this.
The HPP process also lets you keep our purees open for seven days. That way, if your baby decides they don’t like broccoli that day, then you can give them something different instead of having to make more of your own, or throw it out.
We also consulted with a pediatric dietician, so we knew what foods were safe for your baby. And better yet, what foods were the BEST for you baby. Our combinations have been tested on Riley, and everyone who works at Pure Spoon’s baby too. But if you have a recipe that works for your child that we don’t do yet, please let us know, I always want to hear from you on what works for your baby.
The best part of all is Pure Spoon is in stores now. In the refrigerated section, next to the yogurts to keep it fresh and pure, for your baby. If you can’t find it at your local store, don’t fret, we can deliver it directly to you cold and fresh.
The thing is, making your own homemade purees for your baby is the best thing you could do and I want what’s best for your baby. But I know just how hard it is to be a new momma. We are here if you can’t do it that day, or week, or month. Always fresh, organic, and homemade with love.
Let us know what you think in the comments. We welcome any hints you might have or yummy recipes!