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How to make baby food

How to make baby food

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but store bought baby food is crazy expensive.  When my son switched to solid foods I took one look at the prices, did some quick math and realized I could save well over half the cost of baby food by making it myself.  Plus making your own baby food has benefits beyond cost savings – there are no preservatives, fillers or questionable ingredients.  You can customize your baby’s favorite flavor combinations and use local, organic ingredients if you like.  And it freezes well so you can make it in bulk and save time.  I buy a variety of produce from the farmers market and make enough batches to last several weeks.  So here it goes:

How to make baby food

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable or fruit of choice
  • Liquid (water, breast milk, formula or stock)

Directions:

  • Bake, boil or steam your veggies/fruit until very soft
  • Roughly chop them and remove any parts that you don’t want pureed such as tough skins, pits, etc.
  • Toss into your blender and puree until smooth.  If your machine is struggling add enough liquid to get the blades going.  (I like to keep it thick at this point because it freezes better that way.  The baby food can then be thinned to your desired consistency prior to serving).
  • Plop heaping tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper (ice cube trays also work well)
  • Place in the freezer until solid then transfer into an airtight storage container labeled with the date and flavor

Use: Take cubes out of the freezer and thaw them in a bowl in the fridge.  It helps to get into a routine of doing this at night before going to bed.    If desired, add more liquid until you reach your desired consistency.  Baby food can be frozen for up to 2 months.  Once thawed it should be consumed within 2 days.

Notes:

  • When Luke first started eating solid food I made purees with just one fruit or vegetable.  I did this for two reasons: 1) If he had a reaction to something it would be easier to identify what caused it and 2) It also helped me figure out what foods he liked.  Once I was confident that Luke wasn’t allergic to something I made more adventurous combinations and increased the texture (he actually preferred lumps!)
  • For additional information on baby food timetables and recommended first foods see http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/1055/baby-food-guidelines/
  • For all kinds of DIY baby and family recipes, please see: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/index/baby-and-family/

 

Photo Credit: first foods, a photo by jencuon Flickr

One Response to “How to make baby food”

  1. Allan says:

    Love it! I never would have thought to do homemade baby food. So easy and practical.

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