Guest Blog Featuring: Midge
I know; I am a bit behind the times. While others were cooking side by side with their moms, I was learning the fine art of microwave-ing a Hot Pocket. No real fault lies with my parents or for that matter, with me. My parents were busy running their own 24 hour business and I was busy with school and after school activities. So, I just sort of skipped the part in life where “learning kitchen skills” was a necessity.
Off I went to college, where my pizza ordering skills were honed to perfection. My few forays into the cooking realm usually involved a roommate or two with a late night quesadilla. Making things from scratch? No problem, right? I just scratched the box open and VOILA, a ready made meal!
Now, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. My daughter Sarah is now eating solid foods. I really desire for her to eat healthy, organic baby food. I’ll bet a few of the readers of the econobusters’s blog have mastered the art of making baby food! But, me, well, I still struggle with cracking eggs to remove the yolk.
I saw the Magic Baby Bullet (Say that five times fast!) at the store and thought I could do this project for cheaper! In the sale section that day was a baby generic Cuisinart food processor. Bingo! I walked out of the store $10 lighter and was on my way to a “make your own” baby food adventure.
Anytime I have ever tried to go cheaper without fully visualizing the whole plan, I have fallen on my rump! In this case, the mini food processor would not chop my veggies down to small enough pieces. I had started with organic baby carrots and cooked them in a microwave-able bowl.
Up until this point I had never cooked “non-frozen” carrots in the microwave. I assumed there must have been something wrong with my microwave because half of the carrots ended up undercooked and the other half overcooked. Maybe I just cooked them the wrong way? I cut up the carrots with a knife after a bit of adjusting and cutting off the bad pieces. Then, I placed them into the food processor.
The end result was not pretty. It was shredded carrots with lumps and chunks of larger carrots mixed in. I tasted the carrots and they were awful. I even tried adding a bit of formula to soften it up, make it juicier and more baby food like… but, to no avail. I imagined my little girl spitting them back up on my shirt, my face and all over my hair. Ugh, where did I go wrong?
Going cheaper is not always better… should I have invested in the Magic Baby Bullet, get a really good baby food cookbook, or just stockpile organic baby food coupons?
Oh and one more thing…the mini food processor now resides in a special spot deep within the dark recesses of the back of the cupboard.