I don’t know about you, but I prefer my food fresh rather than from a jar or a can. Of course I do also eat canned foods from time to time, especially in the winter, but I think most will agree that fresh is best! When I started Braden on solids in 2010, I was really excited to make my own food for him. I got a Kidco Electric Food Mill for a baby shower gift and some Baby Cubes to freeze the food I made in. I love both of these products as the Kidco Electric Food Mill processes any food to a really great consistency to start baby off on solid foods.
If you’re new to the baby food making game, or if you just needed a refresher like I did, it’s extremely simple and there’s lots of great recipes out there for baby!
Start off with any fresh fruit or veggie of your choice and wash them. Get a big pot with a steaming tray, or use a vegetable steamer or rice cooker if you prefer.
Peel fruit or veggie as needed.
Chop it up, doesn’t need to be too small, just small enough to fit in the processor of your choice. The type of fruit or veggie depends on steaming time. Apples only need about 5 minutes – just enough to get soft, whereas a sweet potato or butternut squash will require 15-20 minutes or more.
Next step is to puree to whatever consistency is right for your baby’s stage. To start off I like it really thin and for the first few weeks or batches of food I add breast milk to thin out the puree and it’s also a familiar taste. You can use formula too!
The next step is to freeze your food. As I said above, I like Baby Cubes but I also like the Kidco Freezer Trays. They have 1 oz sections to freeze in and once they’re frozen, you can pop out the sections, put them in a freezer bag and make more food! It’s important to label and date your food too, as frozen baby purees will expire after 6 weeks – you can use a dry erase marker. (I didn’t date this because I knew it would get eaten up fast!).
Et voila! Fresh, easy, delicious homemade baby food!
Here are another few other noteworthy items about the beginner stages of baby food:
No-Cook Baby Foods
These foods are easy to prepare and do not need to be cooked. Simply peel and mash with a fork or puree as needed.
Don’t Be Afraid To Combine Foods
When Ethan started solids he didn’t really care for carrots and butternut squash, but really like sweet potato. So, I started combining the first two foods with sweet potato and now he likes them all!
- Sweet potato and squash
- Apple/pear and squash
- Broccoli and sweet potato
- Sweet potato, carrot, and parsnip
This is my favorite baby food book, it has a ton of great recipes that I will be using again for Ethan!
Did you make food for your baby?
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