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“When I became a dad, it never once crossed my mind to feed my children mass-produced baby mush.”

Chef Geoff is not a big fan of the baby food that they sell in little jars in the supermarket. He says that it “is devoid of anything that makes food satisfying and good”, and that it “is mass produced and has no love”. Of course he is just not that big of a fan of any canned fruit or vegetables, with one exception. “Except for canned San Marzano tomatoes, canned vegetables and fruits are quite simply gross.”

That’s why he and his wife Norah have taken the time to put together a book to help normal ordinary people create food in their own homes from scratch that will keep their infants and toddlers healthy until the day that they discover Twinkies and Ding Dongs.

For example, bananas are usually a good first food for babies. A banana can be peeled and mashed with a fork and a cutting board in less than 2 minutes. That’s something most new parents can handle, even dads.

Carrots take a little more time, effort and equipment. Peel and cube 1.5 pounds of carrots, then cook them in 2.5 cups of water until they are tender, but not mushy. Put the carrots and the water in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into two ice cube trays and freeze. Then pop them out into freezer bags and store for up to 3 months.

The authors insist that it only takes one hour every two weeks to make enough food to feed your child. They estimate that 6 months of store-bought jarred foods costs about $650, but that you can make your own for just $260.

The book contains over 50 recipes, plus on page 6 there is a great discussion about different colors of poop.

Tune in tomorrow when share recipes for peas and apples.
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