I made a lot of DD1's food in the steamer and food processor until I went back to work. Then I didn't have time anymore. Advice about peas: get the pre-shelled kind if you can. DD1 didn't like any texture in her food until she was a year old.
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When my daughter was little I made all her food. I would roast/steam large quantities and then I actually just mashed most of the different veggies. She had lots of teeth and didn't have any problems with eating or swallowing so I didn't puree much. I have heard that if you puree for too long then some babies will start to not like texture (and we were too broke to buy any appliances). She was eating the same thing we ate by a year, so it was a short lived stage. So looking forward to getting Heidi eating and joining us at the table, only a couple more months!
We started J with veggies - and he loved them all except for peas. And now at two he won't touch them! lol... but he does love his fruit. So not sure it really matters if you start with veggies or fruit.
What I liked about the Babycook, rather than a stove top steamer was that I could set it to cook then if I got busy with other things, I didn't need to worry about it as it turned off when it was done. Then I could go back to it to puree later.
I did the ice cube tray thing as well, then everything went into ziplock baggies. We've only got the small freezer compartment on our fridge, so I coldn't make up a huge stock of food at one time, which was annoying. I wish we had a bigger freezer, because I'd get started now on making up things for Ella for later, now that all the fresh summer fruit is available... sigh....
I also recommend a great book by Annabel Karmel - 100 baby purees (or something like that) - it's got some great recipes for later on, when they're eating meat etc. J absolutely loved one that was made with Lamb and sweet potatoes! (I thought it tasted pretty darn good as well - which I would never say about any of the jarred stuff I occasionally tried to get him to eat! lol)
I have already started making baby food for Peyton and have a little stash going in the freezer. I plan to start him at 4 months, he has full head control already and starting to sit up by himself. He is such a big boy and more of the size of an 6-7 month old. He is picking stuff up already too.
I have steamed sweet potatoes so far and I will be using them as his first food. I just use my pot with steam basket and then put in my food processor. I much rather make it in bulk them a few servings at a time. I then free in ice cube trays.