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Ethan Eats…Applesauce!

2011 July 7
by bvoboril

First of all…I PROMISE I will be posting photos of the house very soon. I’ve had so many requests! But come on, like I’m going to post pictures of my house as a disaster? Friends and family, you know me better then that! :)

In the meantime

Throughout the move we have noticed Ethan getting progressively more hungry. He wants to eat every 1.5 hours or so (unless he’s napping of course). He’s rarely goes more then two hours without fussing for food. And since I feed him on demand, we are doing a lot of nursing!

At his six month appointment, Ethan’s doc said to “bring on the food!”  We decided to wait until we were moved to do so, even though it was hard to hold ourselves back…we were so excited!

But today we unpacked the food processor.

So we made organic applesauce! I was finally able to crack open my beautiful baby cookbook The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start. It was one of my favorite baby shower gifts that I’ve been eyeing for the last six months (Thanks Tori and Gretchen!).

Please excuse my quickly edited photos…

I started out with six organic Gala apples. Core, quarter. I used a plastic cutting board for the cutting…didn’t want Ethan’s first food tasting like garlic and onions from my big wood cutting board. Then came the steam.

I took out the steamer basket, let apples cool for a minute, then peeled off the skin. 

Then I processed until smooth. Easy! It took about 10 minutes.

As soon as I tasted this applesauce, I wondered why I’ve ever purchased it from the grocery store! It is so smooth, sweet, and just the right amount of tangy. The only thing I added was some of the cooking liquid to make the consistency a little thinner.


Ethan liked it! His first food wasn’t the climactic event we had anticipated, but it was so incredibly cute. He took some really good bites and barely spit any out. He seemed to love the taste and texture so we all took turns giving him a mini-spoonful. I think he was more confused by the audience then the food!

Of course we won’t be replacing milk with food, but hopefully little bits of food will help fill his tummy more!

I filled an ice cube tray with the left over applesauce and popped it in the freezer. When they are frozen I’ll crack them out into a Ziplock back and store in the freezer. Six medium apples made enough applesauce for at least 14 feedings. That’s a lot cheaper then buying jars of organic baby food! And it could not have taken me more then ten minutes to make…in a kitchen that was only half unpacked!

I can’t believe it was just six months ago that Ethan couldn’t even nurse or take milk from a bottle! Now he’s eating fruit on a spoon. He’s growing up so fast!

Off to collapse into bed…it’s been a LONG week.

6 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    July 8, 2011

    Ethan is just darling!! I just love his eyes and blond hair. Also love the homemade applesauce recipe.

    Miss you all and get some R&R if you can
    Grandma J.

  2. July 8, 2011

    I made my baby food for Ingrid and I loved doing it. She did not love eating it though…I was so sad to have to go buy it! Oh well.

    I think it’s crazy our little wee ones are eating! Otis will down a whole bowl of oatmeal mixed with a full jar of stage 1 baby food–three times a day! He stares you down at mealtime until you give him something, it’s so funny!

    Can’t wait to hear how the move is going, how you’re settling. Good luck with all the unpacking. What are you going to do with Ethan’s new room??

    • July 8, 2011

      Otis is and eater! What kind of oatmeal do you use? Something special for babies? Amber, you made me feel so much better!!! Ethan is starving…I was afraid to give him too much food too fast. But it sounds like they can eat a lot at this age! We will try some rice cereal today. He is just growing I guess!!

      • July 8, 2011

        We have Gerber baby oatmeal mixed with 2oz formula and a thing of fruit or veg. Today at lunch he ate the bowl of food in about 2 minutes, no lie!

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