The Lazy Mom's Guide to Making Baby Food: Apples

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A small confession, Sophie's been on solids for 2 months now, but this week is the first time I'm making her food from scratch. I've been buying the pre made Olli Organics and Hipp Organics baby foods which are delicious. I started off buying food because I was so clueless about how to make it from scratch and my first attempt at sweet potato ended up in my face (Sophie spat it out). Now I'm braver and ready to tackle this homemade baby food thing!

American's refer to this as applesauce, to me its actually just stewed apples? It's very simple to make and babies seem to love it.

You will need:
♦ 10 small red apples
♦ 1 cup of water
♦ a pinch or a stick of cinnamon

♦ peel the apples
♦ slice around the core - big apples should yield 8 slices per apple, the small ones yield about 4 slices
♦ toss into a pot and pour over the cup of water - the water doesn't have to cover the apples
♦ bring to the boil
♦ stir frequently to ensure the apples don't burn
♦ the apples are cooked when you can easily mash them with a fork.
♦ mash/blend to the desired consistency and serve

This recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months, or 48 hours in the fridge.

The following foods go great with apples, mix any of these with the stewed apples for a flavor boost:
♦ Rice, Oatmeal, Barley and Mixed Grain Homemade Baby Cereals
♦ Bananas
♦ Avocado
♦ Blueberries
♦ Pears
♦ Sweet Potatoes
♦ Carrots
♦ Summer Squash - Zucchini, Yellow

Check out Weelicious for awesome first food ideas/recipes and also great family meal plans!

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