Friday, January 9, 2015

Homemade Baby Food - Take 2

I'm at it again. I'm making baby food for little miss Zoey. I found that when I made it for miss Summer it saved us a lot of money, than had I bought pre-made baby food. I was able to make big batches for less.

For example: 1 small bag of frozen green beans with a container of fresh kale made 2 and half ice cube trays for about $3. Each ice cube is about 1 serving. So if you figure that, for about 36 servings it comes out to about $0.09 a serving. Say What?!!? So compared to a jar baby food that is about $0.99 each. That's CHEAP!!

There are benefits to making your own baby food. You know exactly what is going in it. It is also very easy. The other day I had my steamer and 2 pots on the stove. On the stove I had the greens cooking. In one pot I had green beans and kale, and in the other I had peas, spinach and kale. I like to mix the leafy greens with a more solid green. Then in the steamer I had sweet potatoes (yams) cooking.

After each batch was done cooking I used my soup puree mixer and using water from the pots blended up the food. Then poured them into the ice trays and put them in the freezer. I like to let them set up for about a day, then transfer them to ziploc freezer quart sized bags labeled with what's in them and dated.

I fed Zoey her first bowl of solids with oatmeal and she loved it!

To prepare to feed the baby, you can put 1 to 2 cubes in a microwave safe bowl, heat for 40 seconds. The good thing about homemade food, I'm not afraid to taste to make sure it isn't too hot to give to the baby. The store bought stuff tastes kind of icky, bleh!

As miss Zoey gets bigger, I can't wait to use the reusable pouches that I bought!

The possibilities are endless for making your own baby food. The only drawback is that you have to keep it refrigerated or frozen until time of use, if not it will spoil.

Good luck! I will post some ideas of combos that I have made in the past and new ones that I have come up with in my printables section.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Be Prepared - January: Milk, Eggs and Cheese

I wanted to do something a little different this year with the monthly food storage/ emergency kit items for the month. I will break it down better into smaller categories so that you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to get the things. I will give you tips and where to find them for a good deal.

So with that being said, this month’s focus for food storage is milk, eggs and cheese. Along with a few other items, which I will share later in the month.

I thought that I would share how to use these products so that when an emergency strikes you aren’t scrambling (haha get it scrambling since I’m talking about eggs), on how to use them.

I will first start off with eggs. Did you know that you could get freeze dried and powdered eggs? I didn’t, that tells you how far food storage food items have come in the last several years. You can get just about anything now. Ok back to the eggs, using powdered eggs is pretty easy from the research I’ve done, or you can also use the directions on the can. I just bought my first couple of cans from Emergency Essentials, and can’t wait to try them. I found a simple recipe at Cooking with my Food Storage. She has a lot of helpful hints. In this recipe she is also using dry milk. You can also purchase freeze dried cans of eggs with sausage.

Emergency Essentials

Now onto milk, this is a staple for any emergency food storage, you can use it to bake with and drink. I’ve always been scared of dried milk, maybe b/c I had a bad experience with it. I had a friend in high school whose mom always made them dried milk b/c it was cheaper than having to buy milk almost every day. They were milk lovers. In my January Be Prepared file I have included ways in how to use milk and how to store it. Also the difference between instant and non-instant. I believe that most places sell the instant as it is easier to prepare.

To make a gallon of milk:
3 ¾ qts water
5 2/3 cup instant dry milk
Mix well and chill. You can also add ½ tsp of sugar with a 1 tsp of vanilla for some added flavor.

Cheese is fairly new to the scene, and will last up to 30 years. It’s not a powder but freeze dried shredded cheese. It comes in a variety of flavors: cheddar and mozzarella for example. You can add them to any dish that calls for cheese. Although you can also buy blocks of cheese, shred it and freeze it; the freeze dried is a good alternative if/ or when the electricity goes out, you have a back-up!

I believe that having a good variety of foods in your food storage other than the basic beans, rice and wheat will save you from getting bored of your food when a disaster does strike.

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