Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Adventure of Mommyhood: Infantino Fresh Squeezed Review

I don't know where time has gone, but Addisyn is already eating baby food!!!  At her 4 month appointment, she was in the 75th percentile for weight & height, so Dr. B gave us the go ahead to start baby food.  I've been a little picky about what she eats since right now I can know everything going into her little body.  I noticed that in the cheaper baby foods there were extra preservatives that I just don't want to give her especially at such a young age, so I began buying the pouches of baby food.  I loved the ease of being able to just squeeze a little on a spoon at a time.  I tried some of the little Gerber containers, but it was really hard to take those with us places because of the mess.  The pouches just made my life so much easier.  Plus, Addisyn LOVES sucking out what is left.   The problem is I am also on a budget and those pouches of baby food cost approximately $1.75 each.  It was starting to add up.
(The first time Matt fed Addisyn)

One of the items I registered for, was the Infantino Fresh Squeezed System.  I hadn't done a whole lot of research on it, but I liked the idea of making my own baby food.  When Matt & I bought the necessary items still left on our registry, we didn't feel like it was something we needed right then, so we held off.  Last week, after realizing how much I was spending on these pouches, I brought the Fresh Squeezed System to his attention.  After much discussion and research, we purchased the items on Amazon.  I spent a little over $50 on the Fresh Squeezed Station (which comes with 10 pouches), 50 additional pouches, the funnel, 2 spoons that attach to the pouches, and one reusable pouch.

Yesterday, I decided I would start small and make some fresh green bean pouches.  I had purchased a bag of fresh green beans BOGO at the grocery store.  Since they were already washed and the ends had been cut off, it was easy!  I just steamed them then pureed them in my food processor.  After this I filled each tube with the green bean puree and pressed down with the suction.  This filled the pouch then suctioned out any additional air.  The only issue I noticed was that since the green beans are water based, the water leaked out the top of the pouch.  No big deal. (Unfortunately, I have no photos of actually using the squeeze station.  I got too involved in the process.)  I actually had fun making the pouches!  In fact, I even went to the grocery store that night to get more fruits and veggies to make more!  Making more meant calling in for help.  Thank God for my mom.  She came over and we spent 3 1/2 hours making carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, pear & oatmeal mix and an apple & oatmeal mix.

The end result: 28 food pouches to put in my freezer.

  I really like the Fresh Squeezed System.  I'm already looking forward to the next batch of food to make.  Just know that as with making anything- it takes time.  I also recommend taking the night off from cooking. :)

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