Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Frozen Puree Melts

I have one smart cookie.  She knows baby food when she sees it, and she wants nothing to do with it.  Kayleigh has decided that she is a big girl, and big girls certainly don't eat pureed vegetables.


So what do I do with all of the baby food that I have sitting around?  I've started making puree melts.  They're kind of like the fancy dehydrated yogurt melts that you can buy at the store, only much more resourceful since I'm using what I already have on hand.  (and I really can't get on board with the concept of dehydrated yogurt, anyway)

Whenever I can't talk Kayleigh into finishing her puree (which never has been her favorite thing since we mostly did baby-led weaning), I just drop the rest of it--whether it is a pouch, jar food, or homemade--into little rows on a cookie sheet and stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours.


The result is little frozen dollops of puree that Kayleigh thinks must be big people food since it's solid and something you can pick up with your fingers.  She eats those suckers up like they're the only sustenance on the planet.


And I sit back happily because she's getting her vegetables in, working on her fine motor skills, and getting a new sensory experience by playing with frozen food.

Win!


...and...um, *ahem* 
No one has to tell her that she's not the only one who's winning :)

8 comments:

  1. So funny!
    I know some people use ice cube trays to freeze baby portions, too. What's her favorite veggie?

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    1. Freezing it in ice cubes for portions/storage is great, too! This makes it into a great finger food, though, and Kayleigh is all about "big people" finger foods.

      She really isn't picky--she'll eat whatever vegetables I give her as long as she doesn't think it's baby food :)

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  2. Genius!
    Bitsy never wanted pureed foods, but I feel a little limited on finger food.
    I'll have to try this!

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    1. It is hard to find finger foods that don't choke our girls when they're used to Momma's milk, isn't it? I like that we can control the size of the drops with this so that they won't choke (plus, it would melt before anything too severe happened, anyway)

      Let me know how it goes for you and Bitsy!

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  3. What a smart solution! And welcome to the "Trick Your Kids Into Eating What They Should" Club!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I think that this definitely makes me feel like a member of the club!

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  4. What a good idea! You're such a good mommy :)

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    1. Well, I learned from the BEST! Thanks, Mom :)

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