Declan is a headstrong child, to put it mildly. He also inherited his Dad’s picky eating habits and those two really keep me guessing in the kitchen lol. What I have found though, through plenty of thrown food, is that Declan won’t touch produce if given to him in on a spoon or fork, but he can down a food pouch in about 3.4 seconds. Sometimes I wonder if my child will still be eating his veggies out of a pouch at his wedding rehearsal dinner but alas, I try to stay focused on the present… Or at least this decade. Struggling to get any micronutrients in this kid, I have resorted to buying a lot of pouches but those add up! Even at Aldi, the cheapest I have found, they are 80 cents a piece. Buying from Wal-Mart or even Amazon takes them up another twenty cents at least. I finally decided to try to do it myself to save a few bucks and as a bonus, I would know exactly what is in the pouches.
Prep Work Step #1: Buy the pouches. I ordered these off of Amazon because they were a really awesome price and had good reviews. One of the main comments that kept popping up in all of the reviews was a warning to not overfill them but I definitely made that mistake on my own several times. Fair warning though, if you overfill past the “max fill” line, it can get messy.
Prep Work Step #2: Buy the produce. I went to Sam’s Club and got a bag each of organic sweet potatoes and apples for my first try. I also got spinach with the intention of mixing it in with the apples but mommy brain struck again and I forgot to add it. Let’s just say this mama has been eating a lot of spinach this week. I went with apples and sweet potatoes because I knew that those were two pouches he has never turned down and as a bonus, they were on sale 🙂
For the sweet potatoes, I threw all but two of them in my instant pot with a cup of water and cooked on high pressure for 18 minutes. When it was done, I let the steam naturally release. You don’t have to let the steam release naturally, I just did because I wasn’t ready to work with them yet. Once I was ready, I threw them in a bowl with some ghee, salt, and pepper and stirred/mashed them up. Sweet potatoes cook so well in the Instant Pot that this step is really easy. Once they were pretty much mixed, I decided to throw them in the blender because I had left the peel on them. If I hadn’t bought organic, I would have pealed them first but because they were organic, I didn’t worry about that step. I pureed them in the blender for about a minute and then scooped them into the pouches. Total cost for the sweet potato pouches: $0.40 per pouch!
For the apples, I won’t be able to give an exact price estimate because I forgot to keep up with how many of them we ate out of the bag before I made the pouches.. OOPS! I washed them, once again didn’t bother peeling, and cut them into cubes. I then threw them in my instant pot insert with a little cinnamon and half a cup of water and cooked on high pressure for 10 minutes. This made my entire house smell like Fall! I didn’t mind a bit! Once they were done, I dumped all of the contents of the insert into my blender and pureed for about forty seconds. From the blender, I was able to pour the apple mixture straight into the pouches. Because of the water content, the apples were way easier to get into the pouches because I was able to pour instead of spoon the mixture in but neither were difficult.
All in all, I am happy with the investment of the reusable pouches. They can be thrown in the dishwasher but so far I have just rinsed them out as soon as Declan is done with them and haven’t had any issues. The edges are rounded so there aren’t any corners that food could get stuck in. They can also be frozen and I have about fifteen pouches in the freezer that I can take out little by little as we need them.