Tools and Tips
When it comes to baby food, follow the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Anything complex might be too much for you to maintain, and as soon as it becomes a real hassle, you'll switch to pre-made puree in a heartbeat.
The main tools you'll need are a steamer basket for your pot, a pan for baking, and a food processor. I outlined the basics on how to get started yesterday. When you finish making your baby food, you'll need to freeze it, so the other item you'll need are ice cube trays or some other place to store it. If you opt for ice cube trays, then you'll just pour the puree into the trays and pop them into the freezer. Once frozen, you can put the squares of puree into ziplock bags, labelled with the food type and date.
Pea puree: Doesn't this vivid green puree look much more appetizing than the dark green stuff found at the grocery store?
I have to confess, I did purchase one specialty item for making baby food. You probably know I've got a few idiosyncracies, like my insistence on peanut butter with no hydrogenated oils, jelly without high fructose corn syrup, and organic whole milk for my toddler. While I'm quite frugal, there are areas where I don't mind spending extra money for what I consider to be better health for my family. One such area is BPA-free products. I personally find the amount of BPA in our daily products to be more than just a little bit disturbing. I know I can't possibly save my family from all the BPA out there, but I can at least not store my child's baby food in something with BPA. I looked for BPA ice cube trays, and there were very few to be found (especially for less than $20). I did find several types of containers specifically designed for storing baby food. I finally settled on these great little containers from One Step Ahead. I still use them for storing tiny snacks for Isabelle, like raisins.