DIY : The Quick and Easy Guide to Making Your Own Baby Food
Babies need to eat. Making your own baby food can be a quick and easy process that’s beneficial to your baby. Read to find out how simple it can be.
Why You Should Make Your Own Baby Food
The most obvious reason for making your own baby food is that you control what your baby eats. Yes, there is plenty of natural, organic baby food on the market. But even the natural stuff is full of preservatives, thickeners, and other additives. When you make your own baby food you know exactly what is in it and how fresh it is.
Another reason for making your own baby food is saving money. Babies are expensive. Buying jars of baby food will add up. When you make your own, you can make large quantities for a fraction of the cost of the manufactured stuff. Think about how much it costs to buy a sweet potato. For less than a dollar, you can make several meals for your baby.
What You Will Need
To start making your own baby food, you will need a blender or food processor. There are fancy ones advertised specifically for making baby food but any blender will do.
You are going to need something to store your baby food in. Ice cube trays are a great option. You can also get small plastic or glass jars. Some parents like to make their own pouches. These can be useful for when you’re on the go but they aren’t necessary.
Of course, you will also need your usual kitchen gadgets like pots, pans, utensils, etc.
How to Make Baby Food Purees
Once you have all your tools, you can start to make your own purees. There are plenty of recipes out there or you walk down the baby aisle at the supermarket to get some ideas. In the beginning, though, one ingredient is plenty while your baby adjusts to the new tastes and textures of real food.
To make purees, simply choose your ingredients, pick a way to cook them, and then blend. That’s it. There really are only a few ways you can cook the foods: steam, roast, or stew. Once that’s done. Toss everything in the blender with your liquid of choice. You might choose to use the water you cooked the produce in or plain water but some people also use breast milk. Add more liquid if you need a thinner consistency.
How to Store and Thaw Homemade Baby Food
Homemade baby food will keep for a few days in the fridge but it can be helpful to prepare large batches and freeze them. This way, you always have food ready to go.
Divide your fresh puree into your container of choice, label, and freeze. Labeling is important so you can toss food that isn’t used after several months.
If you’re using the ice cube tray method, pop the final, frozen product out of the trays and transfer to labeled freezer baggies. This method is super convenient because the small portions are perfect for younger babies. Then, once your baby is ready, you can combine different cubes into larger and more fun meals.
Thaw your homemade baby food by placing it in the microwave a few seconds at a time, using the stovetop, or putting the frozen food in the fridge overnight, then warming it up in the microwave or on the stove the next day.
Making baby food is fun and easy. Give it a try and see how much both you and your baby will enjoy it.