I can handle. I've never been real great at making baby food at home. We transitioned out of the messy puree` stage quickly to finger food with each child... and I was glad to see the sloppy stuff go. But then I started getting hooked on the convenience of the squeeze pouches to fill in veggie gaps in Willem's diet when we are out and about and at home also if I was serving up pasta...and not much else for kids cuisine. They are not messy (compared to a spoon and bowl that is), Will loves them and they do indeed round out his diet. The problem with them is the price tag on each little pouch of veggie goodness.
All the brands run about the same price, Ella's (random example I found) is $12.80 for 7 of them online (Target). And more than that if you grab them off the shelf with no coupons in hand. :/ Ones with DHA or omega-3s will ring in at even higher.
So I did a little online searching to find reusable pouches. And low and behold they do exist (yummi pouch link on Amazon $14.99 for six-there are other brands as well).
So here was the first batch in pictures. I used the pouches for the first time today during church lunch and Willem asked for more once he drained it. This means two things, I wish the pouches held a little more and I can make this recipe again without it being wasted effort. ;) Though I just measured and they hold 4 oz plus...that's kind of a lot unless your child is starving...like mine always are. ;)
two sweet potatos-about a 1/2 to a cup of lentils- three prunes for sweetness- water
Put on Med/low with a lid on and walked away. Let it simmer for a half hour or so...not sure exactly. I just let it cook until the potatoes were mushy and soft. I added more water half way through, the lentils soaked it up pretty fast.
Dumped everything (including cooking liquid) into the blender with a quart sized bag of freezer apple sauce I thawed just enough to get it out of the bag. After the first taste, I would say it would be better with six prunes for sweetness or maybe more. I added 3 tablespoons of honey and a splash of OJ to keep the colors from browning and blended again. I thought that tasted good.
I only had six pouches to fill since I didn't know if I would like them and ordered one set to start with. I'll need to order a few more to really streamline this process. :)
If you are a perfectionist, filling might annoy you. The tops are zippered like a ziplock. You dump the puree straight in, but I zipped them shut over the sink in case they oozed out the top when closing. Then I rinsed them once sealed. It doesn't overflow if you add less, but I wanted the max in there since I only had six pouches to begin with.
The blender was full when I started- I had this much left when I finished and put it in other glass containers I had sitting around. I think one blender full would fill 12+ pouches. I rinsed out the one I used at church today with no trouble. I pushed hot water through the squeeze opening to clean that out or you can run it right in from the outside straight from the tap. They say dishwasher safe on the outside...but I don't know how well it would clean them inside without propping them open somehow. I'll be hand washing/rinsing these I think. Also, I froze them but left two in the refrigerator since I would be needing them the next day or so. They thaw pretty fast in hot water and stay cold in a diaper bag thawing slowly and hmmm...could probably keep a sandwich cold if an ice pack is necessary. ;)
In response to a question in the comments on expansion when freezing. The bottom of the pouch was totally flat when I put it in the freezer and this is what it looks like after being frozen through. I'm impressed as I didn't take the precaution to ensure it didn't explode and filled it to the top. These little pouches took good care of me though. :)
I wrote the the company with the link to the post and asked for six more "on the house"...we'll see what they say. ;)
They responded with a yes :D Thanks for prompting me to ask :)
We would love to. We will send it out tomorrow.
Andy and Katie
Refillable & Reusable Food Pouches"
*side note- I didn't get any free stuff for doing this post (nor any other post I've ever done)...Though I sure would have liked it if I had ;) ;)