(Just a note on this: After I filled the pan the first time, I had some left over...I put it in a plastic baggie and when it was time to fill the pan again, i cut the corner and "piped" it out of the baggie....SOOOO easy!)
When I made food for the boys, except for when they first started, I didn't use my ice cube trays much. I usually made their food in snack cups and fed them both from the same cup. (I love the ice cube trays linked up here. I am not so great at getting right back to the frozen baby food and don't want it to pick up the smells and tastes of other items in the freezer.) This time I decided to try something a little different instead of having a freezer full of snack cups...plus I use them constantly with the boys and didn't want them all used up. I used my large 12 serving muffin pan to do my flash freezing and then popped the food out and put the different kinds of food in different freezer gallon size bags. It was so easy and I'll definitely do it again, if not with Lydia, then down the road.
(this was my first Lydia freezing...about a month ago)
I have a baby food grinder and I have started to carry that with me again so Lydia can eat what we're eating, but I also have a little portable hand chopper thing that I love too. I usually use one of these to grind/cut up what ever the meat is that we are eating. Lydia loves cheese, so when we are going out to eat, I grab a cheese stick and pinch off pieces for her to gum. I found some Baby Mum-Mum at Sam's Club at a great price and she loves them! I like how long they take her to eat too!
One last thing...I think making baby cereal is so super easy...it isn't necessary for me to repeat the directions that are so nicely written here. I hope you will try your hand at cereal too!
(This book has a lot of good information in it and you can pick it up pretty inexpensively at Amazon...
see the link above!)
Blessings to you!