As I have mentioned several times before, I like to make my own baby food. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and I control exactly what goes into it. My previous method was to make my batches and then use ice cube trays to freeze serving sized portions. I then dumped the frozen cubes of baby food into a gallon size freezer bag to keep them fresh.
One problem with the freezer bag method, was a lot of ice crystals inevitably formed inside the bag, which could affect the taste and quality of the baby food. And using the ice cube trays, while convenient, was a pain in the behind trying to pry the frozen food out to store.
I assumed the little annoyances were just a part of the game, until I was recently introduced to Baby Cubes.
First things first, let me assure you that Baby Cubes are BPA and Phthalates free. Also, let me just say, they are AWESOME.
Baby Cubes come in three different sizes for perfect portion control and less waste. There are 1oz, 2oz, and 4oz cubes, and each little cube has the lid attached directly onto it, so you never have to worry about losing lids! Also, they snap into place on the trays, so you don’t have to worry about them tipping over while you are filling them or even while they are in storage. The cubes are also microwave safe, and being separated into single portion sizes, you will never have ice build up or freezer burn affecting your homemade baby food!
I think if people realized just how incredibly easy it is to make fresh baby food, the baby food companies would go out of business. Don’t believe me?
This is a halved butternut squash. Place it in a baking dish, cut side down with about 1/2 inch of water in the dish. Cook at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife. Here’s where it gets tricky. Scoop out the flesh and you are done. Seriously.
Leave it lumpier for older babies and make it smoother for younger babies. That is it! No seasonings, no preservatives, no chemicals. Just simple, healthy, fresh baby food!
How about peas?
I like to use a blender for my peas to get a smoother consistency. Just take fresh cooked peas with some reserved cooking water and toss it all in a blender. Then blend it all up until you get the texture you want.
See how easy that was? And cheap and awesome? So why not make your own fresh baby food? And Baby Cubes is the absolute perfect way to store them!
Two more awesome features of Baby Cubes, they stack perfectly on top of each other, no matter what size cubes you are using and they have removable plaques that you can use a dry or wet erase marker on to write exactly what kind of baby food that tray is holding!
Look how nicely and easily they fit into the freezer! They have a tiny footprint, and it is super easy to grab a serving as you need it. Don’t have any ninos in the baby food stage? Not a problem! Continue making the fruit and veggie purees and sneak them into your regular cooking. Throw a serving of sweet potatoes into the macaroni and cheese or a few servings of cauliflower in the mashed potatoes. Everyone will get extra servings of veggies without even knowing it.
Baby cubes are also awesome for storing serving sizes of sauces,stews,rice or soups, you name it. There is no reason to stop using these once the baby is out of the pureed food stage. Hey, anything that makes cooking and storing healthy food easier and more convenient is always welcome in my cocina!
Give Baby Cubes a try, I’m sure you will find endless possibilities in your kitchen as well.
The awesome, and I mean awesome, folks at Baby Cubes have very generously given me a huge stash of Baby Cubes to share with my readers for a massive giveaway.
We’re talking 10 winners here amigas!
Ten of my readers will win a three pack of Baby Cubes. That is one in each size, a 1 oz, a 2 oz and a 4 oz tray!
Are you excited? Me too!
Leave a comment in this post as your entry. Tell me what you’ll use your Baby Cubes for if you win. That’s it. Easy peasy! I’ll be announcing the winners, all 10 of them, on Friday, September 14, 2012.
In the meantime, if you can’t wait to learn more or get your hands on some Baby Cubes of your own, check out Baby Cubes website by clicking HERE. You will find more information on this awesome product as well as where to buy them in your local area.
The awesome folks at Baby Cubes provided me with free products for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way, and I really do think that Baby Cubes are an amazing, useful product that no home made baby food making mama should be without!