Making your own baby food provides you the distinct advantage of controlling what goes into your baby’s sensitive tummy. You decide how much, if any, sugar
and spices your baby gets. Even when found available for as low as 50 cents per jar, producing your home is a not as expensive option to ready made.
Making baby food is actually quite simple with a few simple tools: a blender, food processor, baby food grinder or similar machine, a steamer or boiling pot,
ice cube trays, and a few minutes of your time.
As with jarred baby food, start slowly, introducing only one new fruit or vegetable per week. Be sure to watch for any signs of an allergic response.
Start using the most acidic of these fruits, like apples, pears, and bananas.
If you would like to prepare your own baby food, follow these basic suggestions:
Fruits and berries
Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove any chemical residue.
Steam or boil your baby’s favorite fresh or frozen fruits and veggies until mushy. Use fresh veggies and fruits for the maximum nutritional value, frozen next, and roasted as a final choice. Should you use canned veggies, be sure to use the”No Salt” versions. Use no or little spice.
Puree the fruits or veggies very well for smaller babies (use water to lean out), or make a bit coarser for older ones. For variety, blend two fruits together. If make your own baby food are the first foods you are feeding your infant, you might even want to breed the pureed fruit. You can purchase an inexpensive baby food maker that does this for you.
Spoon into ice-cube trays and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze.
After frozen, remove from trays and store in plastic freezer bags.
At meal time, take out a few cubes of food and allow to thaw to room temperature or defrost in the microwave for a couple of seconds.
You can make weeks worth of meals at a time!
Some proposed fruits and veggies, to Start using:
Be creative! But only use fruits which baby has already tried and shown no allergic response towards.
For older infants, combine plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt with their favourite fruits.
Freeze baby’s favourite juice in ice cube trays. Mush up and allow baby eat with a spoon for a frozen treat! This one is great for those dreadful teething days.
As baby gets older, you can also puree dishes which you correct for the rest of the family for example:
**Be sure when thawing meat dishes which you allow them to thaw in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave to prevent the risk of E-coli germs