I bought an Instant Pot, but it feels like I joined a cult and honestly I see why people sing the praises of the Instant Pot. It does everything, pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, steamer etc. etc. in one tiny pot.
I use it every single day. And one of my favorite things to do is make baby food in it.
Today I wanted to share how quick and easy it is to make baby food in the Instant Pot.
Why do you want to make your own food? Other than knowing what's in your baby's food, I love that it saves me money.
I honestly did not know how much baby food cost until our family went on vacation in November. I spent $1.19 on two four-ounce containers of bananas. I can buy a pound of bananas for $.59 and get three times as much baby food.
Note: if you're super busy and you look at making your own baby food as one more thing you have to do, just skip this post. Don't let this be something that makes you feel bad. There are literally hundreds of other ways to save money.
Be sure to check with your child's pediatrician before beginning any solids and do your own research before introducing ANY new foods.
What you'll need:
An instant pot
blender, I reccomend an immersion blender
jars or containers (I love these but they are MUCH cheaper at Walmart)
fresh fruits and veggies of your choice
I recommend carrots, apples, butternut squash, yellow squash, zucchini. peas, sweet potatoes.
I used about 20 carrots to make five cups of baby food (equal to 10 four ounce jars.
1. First I peel and chop my vegetables. (If you're cooking something like butternut squash you can leave the peel on during the cooking process and then scoop.)
You can just roughly chop any vegetables, don't worry about getting them into super small pieces, they will cook.
2. Throw your vegetables into the pot and cover with water.
3. Set your Instant Pot to 15 minutes at high pressure. Allow to cook and then naturally release.
4. Once cooked and the pressure has released open the pot and allow it to cool a little bit. Strain off excess water leaving about 1/2 a cup of water in the pot. Do not toss the water you used to cook your vegetables, you might need it to thin out as you puree.
5. Use your immersion blender to puree the cooked fruits and/or vegetables until velvety smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender you can transfer to a regular blender and blend.
I use the ladle that comes with the Instant Pot to ladle into jars and containers.
A few "recipes" you might want to try:
Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Carrots and Peas
Squash and Zucchini
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