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Making Your Own Baby Food – Apples

This is my second post on making your own baby food, and one of several in a series that I hope you read. 

Making apples for your baby is pretty simple.  When freezing it like I always do, you don’t even need to cook the apples.  Since apples are considered to be the worst of the “Dirty Dozen” foods because of the pesticide residue, it was important to me that I would only serve our daughter organic apples while she was little.   apples baby food prep for ice cube trays storageHere are my simple steps for making apples for your baby.

Basic Steps for Making Apple Baby Food

  1. Peel the apples.  When your baby gets older you can skip this step, saving you time and adding nutrition for your baby.
  2. Cut into cubes or smaller slices.  This helps with getting it into a more consistent texture in the food processor.
  3. Put into food processor and turn on until you get to desired consistency.  For the first time with your baby eating apples, it should get to the consistency of applesauce.  There is no need to add water.  With older babies you can have a chunkier consistency because the apples get soft enough through the freezing process to allow an older infant to gum/chew. 
  4. Put the apples into the ice cube tray.  During this proces the apples will oxidize, or turn brown, but this is okay.  It does not change the nutritional value.   You should get about 13 cubes per pound of apples. 
  5. Once frozen, take the cubes out of the ice cube trays and place into freezer bags.  This will not only save space in the freezer, but free up the ice cube trays for the next baby food.

Save Money When You Make the Apple Baby Food Yourself

Apples are one of the types of produce that have the highest level of pesticides left on them and seeping into the peel and is therefore one of the most important things to get organic.  Even as I’ve started to give my daughter non-organic foods, I will not give her non-organic apples. 

If you were to buy Mott’s Applesauce, you would be giving your child apples, but also high fructose corn syrup, water, and ascorbic acid.  Even the “No Sugar Added” kind has water and ascorbic acid.  Everyone knows how much liquid is in an apple.  There is absolutely no need to add water to it because that just takes away from the amount of apples (and nutrition!) that your child is actually getting.  If you were to buy Mott’s Applesauce in the single serve containers, it would cost about $0.10 for the amount in a food cube.  The organic applesauce that I made cost only $0.11 per food cube (paying $1.49/lb).  That’s only one more cent per cube for the peace of mind that it does not have pesticides, added sugar, and water.  You will definitely save money if you’re making your own organic applesauce vs. buying organic applesauce.

Other Baby Food Articles Linked Below (and more to come)

Making Your Own Baby Food – Introduction

Making Your Own Baby Food – Bananas

Making Your Own Baby Food – Chicken

Making Your Own Baby Food – Eggs

Making Your Own Baby Food – Beef

Making Your Own Baby Food – Sweet Potatoes

Making Your Own Baby Food – Tomatoes

Making Your Own Baby Food – Starting with Frozen Foods

3 Responses to “Making Your Own Baby Food – Apples”

  1. kkanne says:

    Love your step by step instructions. I will be starting my 4 month old on solids soon. Looking forward to your post on defrosting process. Thanks, this is gr8 help!

    • Lauren Ross says:

      Thank you! I have a couple more posts on specific foods, including one on eggs tomorrow. After that I will post about how we defrost and prepare for the next day.

  2. love bird says:

    Love ur instructions how its step by step

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