Roasted Carrot & Parsnip w/ Onion, Garlic, and Thyme
Peel 3 small carrots and peel and core 2 parsnips (ends up a 1:1 ratio). Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of ground thyme. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Peel and bake an onion with a tablespoon of butter on 375 degrees for 45 minutes - covered.
Add roasted carrots and parsnips and 1 layer of onion to the Babycook steamer. Steam on level 3.
Puree with water for consistency.
Note: This is an advanced flavor palate for baby. Test baby food in individual flavors for allergies before trying this recipe. Based on what I read, onion has a very low chance of allergies, so it is safe to test blended with another ingredient that is safe.
Output: 16 ounces
Homemade cost: 11 cents per ounce
Plums (Red Plums)
Core and chop 3 large plums. Steam on level 2. Reserve juice and puree fruit. Add juice as needed for consistency.
Output: 10 ounces
Homemade Cost: 7 cents per ounce
Pit a cup of cherries and peel a banana. Steam on level 2. Reserve juice and puree fruit. Add juice and water as needed for consistency (I used 3:1 ratio).
Output: 8 ounces ( I did mix this a little thick for my baby, so I probably could have gotten another 2 ounces)
Homemade Cost: 19 cents per ounce
Cherry Apple (Gala apples)
Pit a cup of cherries. Peel, core, and cube 1 large apple. Steam on level 2. Reserve juice and puree fruit. Add juice and water as needed ( I used 1:3 ratio).
Output: 14 ounces
Homemade Cost: 17 cents per ounce
Blueberry Apple Banana with Vanilla (Granny Smith Apple)
Peel 1 medium apple and 1 banana. Add peeled fruit and 4 oz (2/3 pkg) of blueberries to steam basket. Steam on level two. Reserve steam liquid. Puree fruit. Thin with water and reserve juice ( I used 1:1). Add 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
Output: 15 ounces
Homemade Cost: 13 cents per ounce
Baby Fruit Cocktail Juice
Juice left over from steaming fruits from previous recipes. My juice is a result of the liquid from my Plums, Cherry Banana, Cherry Apple, and Blueberry Banana Apple. Mix with water (we use distilled) at a ratio of 25% juice to 75% water. Freeze. Cubes of frozen juice can be used for teething in a mesh feeder or defrosted and used to help a constipated baby.
Note: Babies should not be given juice as a beverage until they are drinking out of a regular cup and juice is not needed nutritionally. Do NOT give baby juice created from raw fruit.
Output: 1 Quart Juice "concentrate" = 1 Gallon baby juice
Homemade Cost: Free - made from after product of steaming fruit for baby food (the average cost of the purees used to make the liquid in my version of juice comes to 14 cents per oz)