Monday, February 20, 2012

Baby Food - Chicken

When I had Ella, my husband and I were saving all our pennies to buy our first home.  That's really what motivated me to make my own baby food.  Once I got started, it was hard to stop me.  One thing did though.....meat.  There was something about the thought of making my own meat for her I just couldn't fathom.  I continued to make all of her fruit and veggies, but bought the organic meat jarred baby food for her.

Fast forward 3 years......here I am, making Gavin's fruits and veggies.  This time, when it came time to start him on meat, I decided I would give it a try.  I did.  It was SUPER DUPER easy and I can't believe I never tried it before.  I was kind of mad at myself actually!

I hope after reading through my instructions below and seeing the pictures, you'll realize that you can do this too!  It's really not hard and just think about how much money you'll be saving yourself.  Better yet, think about the wonderful, wholesome food you'll be feeding your baby!  YOU CAN DO THIS!  I'll be your own private cheerleader!  Go ! Go !  LOL

Chicken Baby Food

Ingredients:
3 Chicken Thighs
Poultry Seasoning
1/4 cup water

Directions:
Place your chicken thighs in the bottom of your crock, sprinkle with the poultry seasoning and then pour 1/4 cup water on the bottom.
Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Remove the thighs and let them cool for about 15-20 minutes so they're easier to work with.
Remove the skin and bones, leaving you with the chicken only.

Place your chicken into a food processor.
Process it until it becomes a fine powder.

From here, here's what I do...
I place about 2 heaping teaspoon fulls into snack size baggies.  This is about 2 servings.

I take these baggies and put them into the freezer and take them out as I need them.
For us, each baggie is enough for 2 days.  I mix the chicken with Gavin's veggies in the evening.  Sometimes I get CRAZY and mix apples, chicken and veggies together!  WHOA!  I know, I know, CRAZY!  LOL  

We're actually pretty straight forward with baby food.  I don't make crazy concoctions.  Gavin gets it as is.  He's used to it and it's all he knows.  Trust me, he's not complaining!  

Again, you CAN do this!  Your baby will thank you for it!



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14 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! I have been making all my baby's fruits and veggies and at his last checkup our pediatrician said he could start meats. I have been putting it off because I didn't have a clue how to do it myself. I will be trying this tonight!

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  2. Is there a reason you used thighs instead of breasts? Thanks for posting! Looking forward to all your babyfood. PLEASE keep them coming!!

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    1. This is what I had in the freezer ;) You can certainly use breasts. It may be a bit dryer though.

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  3. I was wondering the same thing about using thighs instead of breasts. It seems like it would be easier to just use the breasts--I have done it that way before.

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    1. Thighs only have one bone, which make them super easy to take the meat off of :) You can use breasts though.

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  4. nice, Im going to try this this weekend, thank you for posting!

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  5. love this, we make all of our own baby food I'll have to do our chicken like this.

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  6. Do you have any suggestions for making baby food using red meat? I know iron is so important for our little ones.

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    1. We've only done chicken so far, but I'm making a pot roast for the family later this week and will put a hunk in my food processor and see what happens! :) I'll blog about it!

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  7. Thank you so much for having this and the beef baby food recipes. I came here looking for something to do with an entire chicken that I have (I never prepare chicken that way but someone gave it to us) and stumbled upon the baby food tag. I, too, make my son's fruit and veggies but the thought of making my own meat I haven't been able to fathom. I know we will have left over chicken and now I have something to do with the leftovers.

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    1. You are SOOO welcome!!! I was so intimidated by the thought of this, but once I took the plunge, I was so glad I did!!! Let me know how it comes out for you!

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