How To Make Your Own Baby Food

You can make your own baby food from whatever you eat. Almost everything can be steamed, pureed, and moistened with water, juice or broth to make food your baby can eat.
Watch out for spicy food, seeds, and ingredients that babies under one year of age should not have, like honey or egg whites.

Do not add salt pepper, margarine, butter, or sweetener. Your baby will not miss them.

Steaming vegetables retains more vitamins than boiling. If you need water to moisten the food, use the vitamin-rich water in which you’ve steamed the food.

Use fresh fruits and vegetables, organically grown if possible to avoid chemicals.

Wash, peel, and seed fruit and vegetables. Chop them finely, then cook until tender, and puree with a blender, food processor, food mill, or mash with a fork.

Fruit does not have to be steamed, just clean it well and mash it or puree it.

Before your baby has teeth, puree all food. Once teeth appear, watch even finely grated food for chunks to avoid a choking hazard.

Cooked fruits and vegetables can be stored safely in the refrigerator in covered containers for up to three days.

Steam vegetables in large batches, puree them, and freeze them. They last several months frozen in serving-size batches.

Pour prepared food into clean ice cube trays to make individual servings and freeze them. Transfer the frozen cubes to a plastic freezer bag for storage.

Use a turkey baster to help you transfer pureed food from your blender to the ice cube trays. Put plastic wrap over the trays before freezing the puree to prevent freezer burn.

DO NOT make a batch of baby food from frozen food if you plan to freeze all or part of it. Food cannot be frozen twice.

Freeze broth in muffin tins to add to batches of food.

Have you made your own baby food? What tips do you have?


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