10.27.2008

THE FOOD GRINDER

Charlie turned 6 months last week, so I figured I better start him on solid foods. Nothing major, a little rice cereal here, some corn there. It's so much different tackling this with the second child. I've decided to avoid bibs when at all possible. I'd rather just strip the baby down to his diaper.
I am also trying not give Charlie anything that I wouldn't want to eat myself (with the obvious exception of breast milk). This generally means no little jars of baby food. Am I the only one who gets grossed out by jars of "Chicken Dinner" and "Apple Turkey Cranberry"? I may have to resort to little jars of baby food if we are traveling, but I'll try sticking to flavors I wouldn't mind eating myself.... which probably only leaves applesauce and maybe apricot.



I borrowed the Happy Baby Food Grinder from my sister-in-law, and I love it. For example, tonight we had pot roast with vegetables. I pulled a carrot out, ground it up, and fed it to Charlie. Beautiful. This past week I have also used the grinder with green beans and corn. (I know, I'm probably not supposed to be introducing that many new foods so quickly, but he seems alright so far. I'll let you know if he explodes.)

14 comments:

  1. You can use a food processor too, it works the same. Sometimes you have to add a little water, but it works. A lot cheaper than buying the jars and it's fresh and healthier. Charlie is so adorable!

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  2. There was an article recently in the NY Times about using a food mill to turn adult food into baby food. You might find it interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/dining/01baby.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=food%20grinder&st=cse&oref=slogin

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  3. Yes, please do let us know. An exploding baby would certainly be the most interesting thing I'll have ever read about on the internet!

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  4. My friend's pediatrician told her she could feed her baby almost anything that they eat besides honey, PB, citrus, and whole milk, and a couple of other things. I think Charlie will be okay. Oh, and I tried giving Jackson those "bottled" meals, and he wouldn't have them either. Not worth the money you put into them, that's for sure.

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  5. I have a the same happy baby food grinder, and I loved it. I, too, will not give Lizette anything I wouldn't eat.

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  6. I'm the same way, I have a few jars in my pantry of chicken dinners and they have been sitting there forever because Im afraid to open them! I want that grinder! I've used the food processor but I hate taking it all out just for a tiny bit of food.

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  7. I like only the simple baby foods too. I tried out a meal or two and they looked super unhealthy and disgusting.

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  8. I guess i'm just twisted cause I fed both Kylee and Sarah the little jars of turkey, applesauce and peas or whatever. I'm a really picky eater so I thought if I stuck with what I eat it would basically be cereal, brocolli, zuchinni and applesauce. Aren't you suppose to expose them to everything so that they won't be a picky toddler? Anyways, a great food book for those of you who like to grind your own is: First Meals by Annabel Karmel. It gives a lot of great ideas of appetizing blends of baby foods and kid snacks that are healthy! I love it and use it all the time because it has lots of pictures!!!

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  9. Charlie is such a cutie pie! I think he's looking more and more like Erik... that food grinder looks awesome, thanks for posting the link, I may have to invest in one!

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  10. I love that grinder. I will definitely be getting one of those when Grace starts eating solids. I totally agree with the whole gross baby foods - nasty!

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  11. wish i had a grinder when my kids were babies!

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  12. That baby grinder was available back when I had Kirsten and Erik and all down the line! Our kids always ate what John and I ate...lots cheaper, too! I think with Hans, I may have given him a few jars of that Earth's Best babyfood we carry in our store from time to time out of convenience, but I think the Happy Baby Grinder works out the best.

    I had to make a comment on here mostly because that little Charlie and Luke are so darn CUTE! I can't wait to hug and hold them this weekend.
    Love, gramma Lassen

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  13. my mom used one of these with all of her kids. she loved it, and so did the kids!

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  14. My mom used that same grinder with all 10 of her kids and now I've used the same one too.....I LOVE IT. I'll even use it with Dominic sometimes. Example: home-made chili over potatoes. Dominic hates chunks of STUFF so I ground up his chili to go over his potato and presto..he thought it was delicious. He would die if he knew I told anyone I used the baby food grinder on his dinner so SHHHHHHH....don't tell

    My sister served her mission in Vegas and one of the Elders had a splitting headache for days. When they took him to the ER they pulled a small cocroach out of his ear. She slept with cotton balls in her ears after that....so gross. Your story gave me the willy's quite literally.

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