January 19, 2011

Ham, Apple, Peach & Pineapple Baby Food

I make a lot of my little man's baby food myself, especially when it comes to food with meat in it.  I mean, seriously, have you smelled the pureed meat that is marketed to babies?  It smells like Alpo!  And, obviously it must taste like it too.  Little man is  9 months old, & when we first started him on baby foods, I bought a few jars of the baby meats.  I opened it up to give him some, and was overwhelmed with the stench!  So, I called the official baby food taste-tester into the kitchen, a.k.a. my husband.  I gave him a big ol' spoonful, and he immediately started to gag.  Let's just say he didn't swallow it!  He actually made me prove to him that I wasn't playing some cruel practical joke on him...he thought that I had opened up a can of the cat's wet food & given him a spoonful of it!  Once he saw that it was baby food, he said 'Don't you dare give that to our son!  That stuff is disgusting!'.  

So, from that point on, I started making my own baby food.  Now, don't get me wrong - nothing is wrong with the jarred stuff, and I have nothing against using it.  Even though I make a lot of his food, I also buy a good bit of it from the store.  Although, mostly of what I buy from the store is fruit oriented.  I focus on making mainly vegetables & meats myself.  A lot of the time, I puree whatever I have made for dinner that night, and give that to him.  His favorite food is mashed potatoes, and I can puree anything in them & he will eat, and eat, and eat, and eat some more.  He loves his mashed 'taters! 

I just made some Ham, Apple, Peach, & Pineapple baby food for Ethan, and he really loves it.  I thought that I would share the recipe here, and hopefully some other moms (or dads!) can use it too.

Here's all you need:

I got all of this food, except for the frozen peaches, at Aldi.  This cost me about $7 to make, and it added up to about 48 ounces.  Way cheaper than what you buy in the store!  

Peel & core the apples, and slice them into thin slices.  Dump the frozen peaches into a pot with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil.

Add in the pound of cubed ham & sliced apples.  Boil until the apples are soft.

Put 8 ounces of crushed pineapple (with juice) into your food processor.

Using a slotted spoon, scoop in the ham/fruit mixture.

Puree for a couple minutes, until desired consistency - adding small spoonfuls of the cooking liquid if needed. 

Divide the baby food into ice cube trays or specially made baby food trays and put in the freezer.  

When the baby food cubes are frozen, remove them from the trays & store them in a large freezer bag.  Each baby cube will be approximately 1 ounce each. 

Reheat in the microwave.

Ham, Peach, Apple, & Pineapple Baby Food


  • 1 pound diced ham
  • 3 apples - peeled, cored, and sliced into thin pieces
  • 16oz bag frozen peaches
  • 4oz crushed pineapple

Put the peaches into a pot, and add enough water to cook.  Bring to a boil. Add in the diced ham and sliced apples.  Continue to cook until the apples are soft.

Pour the crushed pineapple into a food processor.  Using a slotted spoon, add in the ham/fruit mixture.  Puree until you reach your desired texture, adding in small spoonfuls of cooking liquid as needed.

Freeze in ice cube trays, or baby food trays.  When frozen - remove, and place in a large freezer bag for easy storage.  Reheat in the microwave or stovetop.


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