I thought making my own baby food would be a lot harder than it is. Turns out, all there is to it is steam or bake, puree, and freeze. That's it. Somehow, though, I still manage to screw it up on occasion.
Exhibit A: Carrot fail.
I thought I'd be so clever and use my steamer bags (leftover wedding gifts...I guess I should steam veggies more often) to steam teeny tiny carrot pieces. They never got quite soft enough, and finally they got totally scorched. I tried again in the steamer basket over the stove, which worked much better.
Exhibit B: Beet fail.
The beets took much longer than I thought they would to get soft, and the bottom of the pan ran out of water. I only noticed after I smelled scorched beet juice. You'll be happy to know that after a whole lot of dish soap and elbow grease, the pan is as good as new. The beets themselves turned out well after I added more water, and Joseph seems to like them. And they don't stain if I get the bits rinsed out immediately.
Other successes include green beans, peaches, pears, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and pureed chicken. It's been a lot of fun to watch Joseph taste new things, and I love the bright colors and interesting textures of fresh fruits and veggies instead of the muted colors and lack of texture of the prepackaged stuff.
A few weeks ago, I found him standing up gnawing on the Tigger part of the mobile, so I took the whole thing down. In exactly the same place where the mobile was attached, he began chewing on the crib rail, something he hadn't done at all before. His crib now looks like this.
Isn't it lovely?
Those rail guards my mom is sending can't come soon enough.