One way to keep the cost of blenderized diets down is to grow your own vegetables. Last summer I grew a ton of winter squash, specifically Golden Hubbards. These babies get HUGE. I allow them to cure outside then I bring them down to the basement where they wait until it’s time to become part of our Brave Hero’s homemade formula.
I split them in half , scoop out the seeds, and pop them into the oven at 350 until fork tender. Pretty easy, huh? I’ll rub a bit of olive oil over the inside of the squash to keep it from drying out.
When they are done, I take them out of the oven, and let them cool down some. They are hot!
Because my freezer space has diminished greatly, I’ve had to come up with another way of freezing our winter squash. I was freezing it in small containers, but it was taking up too much room. Now I use an ice cream scoop to scoop out a mound of squash and fill a parchment paper lined baking sheet with them. Each scoop is one serving. When the baking sheet is full, I pop it into the freezer to ‘flash freeze.’
When frozen, I remove the baking sheet, and put each scoop of squash in a vacuum seal bag and vacuum seal them. Because they were already frozen when I added them to the bag, they won’t freeze into one giant lump, which will make using them each day in blenderized diets a MUCH easier experience.
Then I simply pop in a frozen scoop of squash into our trusty and beloved Vitamix and Parker’s daily calories are ready to go!
Now I know there are some of you who would rather not have to grow your own stuff for your kid’s blenderized formula. What if I told you that you could get it already chopped and with a 25 year shelf life?
Oh, yeah. Sometimes a few short cuts is what keeps a girl’s sanity intact, eh? I’m starting to rely more on freeze dried food from Thrive and I’m stocking up too! Why? Because you are going to be seeing MUCH less produce at your grocery stores due the drought, fires, etc., in California. We get a HUGE bulk of our produce from California!
Anyone who had followed us for any time understands how tight our grocery budget it as we work to put every extra penny towards medical debt. I’ve fallen in love with freeze dried foods, AND how they can SAVE a family money that I jumped in and went ahead and became a Thrive consultant in order to save as much on my grocery bill as possible. As a consultant, I can get cans of Thrive’s freeze dried meat for $35.00 a can! It has a 25 year shelf life, AND I don’t have to worry about my freezer dying and losing all my meat.
Don’t want to be a consultant? No worries. You can sign up for a “Q” which is a subscribe and save service for groceries delivered right to your door! and get access to the monthly sales as well as the monthly Q-Pon. Sweet!
What do you feed your tubie? Have you ever tried creating your child’s formula at home? Do you use freeze dried foods in your child’s blenderized diet?