Ever look at the baby food purées on the shelf and cringe when you realize it is shelf stable for longer than your pregnancy and current babies age? Being married to a chef, you already know he’s been chomping at the bit, just waiting for the moment Dr. Bob says to give Elzie purées now.
We did start out with some rice cereal for practice. Definitely not a winner at first, but once she figured out the tongue to swallow action, she was so into it. A week or so passed and Daddy Chef was off for two days. I understand most people may not have what we have in our kitchen, but this has been blowing my mind. Daddy Chef decided we would start with carrots. 🥕
Boiling vegetables causes them to lose the vital nutrients that you want to keep in order to provide the greatest benefit for your little one. Daddy Chef peeled and cut organic carrots into 2”-3”long pieces and sealed them into a FoodSaver bag. Next, he set up our sous vide, Anova, with the sealed bag of carrots inside. This way, the carrots cook (low and slow) for a few hours without losing valuable vitamins and minerals.
After a few hours, it was time to purée. Again, we have a Vitamix blender, which I’m not sure every household has, but this thing has been worth it’s weight in gold. Smoothies. Soups. You name it. Now, baby food! This process involves adding the cooked carrots into the blender, along with some Nursery water, slowly blending and using a spatula to gently ensure all carrots were moving into the blades. After a while of careful blending, we then used a fine mesh sieve to strain any larger pieces out, preserving all of what we could through the sieve. Daddy Chef then portioned out into 4oz Ziplock tubs until we receive our Oxo Tot baby food 2oz storage trays.