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    Posted on July 15th, 2011

    Written by Shannon


    Babyfood pisses me off. Like, royally. Like, I want to grab the CEOs of all those babyfood companies and shake them until they beg for mercy. And then I want to frogmarch them through the baby aisle of the nearest big box store and yell, “YOU STARTED THIS. YOU! YOU!!!” To me, those jars of liquified… what? What is in that crap? are symbolic of all that is wrong with new parenthood. $50 baby blankets on sale for $35 (and labeled a steal! get it now while it’s cheap!). $75 shopping cart cushions, so your baby can grocery shop in comfort. And everything comes with your favorite cartoon character, but it may cost you an extra $15.

    And if you don’t buy all that crap people judge you as a parent that doesn’t care. Or is poor, which in the US is a moral failing. And then after you buy all that useless crap you can’t afford to save for your child’s education or your own retirement. Which is fine for now, because there is always tomorrow, and you don’t want to be looked down upon today, right? Right? Am I right? Can I get an amen? It all makes so much sense. It’s all so logical.

    I rant. But then, I can. Because it’s my blog.

    As I was saying, I don’ t care much for babyfood from the store. It is a rip off, and I honestly do not trust that it is safe for my child to eat. Interestingly, this aversion has really made me reevaluate what I buy for myself. I mean, if I don’t want TA to eat beef from the grocery store, and certainly not liquified mystery meat, then what am I doing ingesting that crap?

    But I rant again. Sorry.

    You might have guessed that my 7 month old daughter is transitioning to big grrrl grub, and she is doing a fantastic job. Now. She’s doing a fantastic job of it now. The first few tries were, welll… Per conventional wisdom, I bought the uberprocessed flaky rice cereal, to which TA responded with a horrified expression and gagging. I tried again a couple of days later, and she actually barfed. I threw it out, because that shit neither looks nor smells like any rice I’ve ever seen. Overpriced Icelandic yogurt wasn’t TA’s bag, either, but that was ok because I have learned that it is my bag.

    So I went back to the basics, to my maternal line. My mother may be deceased, but she did teach me a thing or two in her lifetime: I made applesauce, which my mom made for me and my grandmother made for her. Here’s the recipe (which has been changed because I like Fuji apples the best, we can now use the peel and seeds because the organic gods have shined down upon us, and stick blenders rock):

    8oz fresh pressed apple juice or cider, organic
    4 Fuji apples, organic
    Water, as needed

    Wash the apples thoroughly, but do not peel. Cut the apples into 1 inch pieces. Use the cores and seeds, but discard the blossom end and stem. Put in a small crock pot until they are mushy, then puree with a stick blender. If the sauce is too thin, either continue cooking in the crock pot or heat on the stove. Do not let it simmer. Strain with a sieve. Note: My crock pot is tiny, so that is all that fits. If your crock pot is bigger, you can use more apples and juice. There really is no set ratio of apples to juice. Rather, the juice is just to keep the apples from sticking.

    TA loves it, and screams at me to feed her faster. I really enjoyed making the applesauce. It made me feel like such a mom, it was satisfying, I ate half the sauce myself (because dear G.d that is some tasty stuff!), and it was a relief to know exactly what was in my kid’s food. I have begrudgingly purchased some babyfood because I need the jars. Once I have an adequate stash of jars, I’ll be making all of her babyfood.

    I’ve also made oatmeal cereal from organic steel cut oats. Very simple – I used my stick blender and bowl attachment-thing to turn the oats into a powder, and then simmered the oats until they were soft. Then I used the stick blender again to puree the cereal some more, and waaa laaa. Oatmeal cereal that doesn’t make my baby gag.

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    1. Aug 1st

      what an awesome idea! we saw a commercial for the baby bullet and are thinking of making some baby food, too!

    2. Jul 16th

      Way to go oh brilliant mama!

    3. Jul 15th

      I loved making applesauce for the boy, too! it was so Mom-ish. I had always thought that I would make my own purees because I didn’t trust the jarred stuff (and holy cow $$$$$). When the time came to start feedng the boy I discovered BLW and I was hooked. It worked out great and I’m hoping that I’ll have a non-picky eater because of it.

      • Jul 16th

        Meg and Claire – yes, I love the idea of blw, and we are actually doing a hybrid of both. I decided to do it this way because, to be frank, I don’t eat very well and I’m changing so that 1) I teach TA better and 2) I am comfortable with her eating whatever I’m eating. The changes are growing, for sure, because now if I so much as have a sample at the grocery store, TA wants some, too. (It is so. gosh. darn. cute.) Between the two, I like blw better, too, but since TA likes the purees I’m happy to make them for her. I think once she gets more teeth, then I’ll move more and more towards having her eat whatever I’m eating.

    4. Claire
      Jul 15th

      Three words: baby led weaning.
      It just means feeding baby real food.
      But you’re not as lazy as I am.
      I got really fussy about organic fruits and veggies for Isobel.
      If you’re interested in BLW there are some good books out there and it really works!
      I say F all those baby food manufacturers. Wr have bought exactly 4 jars of baby food ever.

    5. Jul 15th

      Mel (Stirrup Queens) just had a post about making baby food. Must be something in the internet-air.

      Oh, and I’ve long thought that if one wants to make a bunch of money, one should go into selling baby stuff. Or wedding stuff. Either one.

    6. Jul 15th

      re-posting to get new blog addy in there

    7. Jul 15th

      Yeah well for me just like cribs being useless for us I not only never bought baby food I never made it either. Both of mine ate my food when they were ready. Whole or mashed with a fork. No problem. YOU LISTEN TO YOU MAMA, YOU KNOW BEST!!!
      Never forget it!!


    8. Leslie
      Jul 15th

      I knew you’d be an Earth Mama! I make all of A’s food, too. She began with avocado, then graduated on to organic homemade applesauce, which she loved with a bit of cinnamon. I bought organic brown rice baby cereal and use it to bulk up the homemade fruit purées I made her with, yes, my MUCH LOVED stick blender. I shudder to think of the amount of money people waste on the Baby Bullet, when you only need the softer purées for the first little while. The only food I bought premade was prunes and apricots because it’s a bi*** making that yourself. Now I use the jars, but I also blended whatever veg, stew, etc we were having ourselves for dinner (meat bought at our local organic butcher’s) and froze some in ice cube trays, which I then transferred to small ziplocks once frozen. Easy, fast, cheap & healthy!

    9. Linda Kish
      Jul 15th

      I used a baby food grinder and ground up bits of my dinner for my son 27 years ago. I also used ice cube trays to freeze extras when needed. Good for you not feeding store-bought baby foods.

    10. Miss W
      Jul 15th

      Good for you!! I made all my son’s baby food too. Instead of jars to store, I used an ice cube tray and put 1 oz (yeah, I weighed it) of food in each, froze and then transferred to labeled ziploc bags.

      Of course, if we were going to be out all day and I couldn’t take it with me easily, I bought jars from the “hippy” section of the grocery store. As long as the ingredients were “food” words and not chem lab words, I was ok.

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