Finn has officially started “solid foods.” And, as you would expect from a boy of his girth, he thinks his mushed avocado and banana is mighty fine.
Let’s all try to pretend we don’t see that I wrapped my kid up in a towel rather than try to hunt down a bib.
I start my babies with avocado because it’s a good fat and banana to just sweeten it up a bit. But you all know that tiny babies only eat a tiny little bit. And then I’m left with the remains of avocado and banana that will turn brown in a matter of minutes or attract a bunch of fruit flies. I have struggled with how to handle this for several babies now.
Well, thank heavens for Pinterest.
Somewhere on Pinterest, I learned that you can freeze avocados. We already froze our bananas for smoothies and such. (Helpful hint: take the bananas out of the peel to freeze them. Otherwise you end up scraping the peel off under hot water and delaying the smoothie process.) So I thought I would try freezing Finn’s avocado.
To make it easier on myself, I mashed the avocado and banana up to a Finn-preferred consistency.
Then I put them into the ice-maker and froze them. I was a little afraid it would all be brown and gunky when I thawed it out, but it reheats nicely (I haven’t tried it in a microwave, I warm the baby food up in a little ramekin on the stove) and keeps it’s “lovely” green color.
My only problem now is that I’m still too addled to remember to thaw out the avocado before I sit down to nurse Finn. This means he must wait longer for his green mush.
He doesn’t appreciate waiting.
This may not be earth-shattering for anybody else, but this new process makes the early days of solid foods so much nicer. I can’t really leave food out on my counter anyway, or somebody with small grabby hands will walk by and help themselves.
And now I can rest assured that there’s always “Finn food” ready for the grabbing and that the fruit flies won’t eat it all before he does.
Finn definitely appreciates that.