Making Your Own Baby Food

Jul 15th, 2014

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Making Your Own Baby Food

After six months or so on a liquid diet, most babies are thrilled to start solids. But the introduction to real food can be as confusing as it is messy and fun. How to begin? What to begin with? Which foods will my baby like best and which are most healthful?
 

Take a look at the pro’s and con’s of making your own baby food:

Parents who prefer homemade baby food have many reasons for their choice.

  • They know exactly what they’re feeding their baby.
  • It’s more economical than buying pre-packaged foods (although some parents note that this is not always the case).
  • They can choose their own fruits, vegetables, and other foods for purees, instead of relying on the flavors chosen by manufacturers. You’re not going to find melons or avocados in the baby food section of the supermarket.
  • It gets the baby used to eating the same food as the rest of the family — just in puree form.

Some parents who’ve tried and given up on homemade baby food point out these disadvantages to making it.

  • Time. It takes time to make and prepare lots of little servings of homemade baby food. It’s much faster to pick up prepackaged servings.
  • Convenience. Prepackaged baby foods come in measured amounts and ready to serve.
  • Storage. Homemade baby foods may spoil more quickly and require refrigeration, which may take up room in your fridge or freezer if you make a lot of servings ahead of time. Prepackaged baby foods don’t need refrigerator storage until they’re opened.

 

Equipment

Don’t go overboard just for steaming the food and then mashing it up, there’s no need to buy a lot of equipment — so you can skip the just-for-baby food steamer or food processor. In fact, you may already have all the equipment you need: A metal or bamboo steamer insert for a pot, plus a food mill, processor, or blender (your least costly option) will work just fine. Freezer faux-pas For freezing baby food, use an ice cube tray marked #2, #4, or #5 on the bottom (plastics with these markings are considered free of unsafe chemicals). If yours are unmarked, you might want to invest in a stainless steel ice cube tray. Safe storage For storing baby food, use glass containers — such as old jelly or tomato sauce jars — rather than plastic, which may contain harmful BPA.
 

Interested…? Try these recipes !

 

Blueberry Puree

Blueberries are often referred to as a “superfood,” and for good reason. They’re high in antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They make a great puree for wee ones and a terrific on-the-go snack for the toddler set. Coupled with pears (also high in fiber and Vitamin C) and a dash of cinnamon, this puree is a nutritional hit. It’s also great as a smoothie or as a mix-in for oatmeal or your favorite hot breakfast cereal.

Avocado Banana Puree

We all know that avocados and bananas are great first foods, but have you ever tried them together? They may seem like a strange combo, but it’s a match made in baby food heaven, and the proof is in the puree. Avocados are rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene and Vitamins C and E; bananas are a powerhouse of magnesium and potassium. Together they make one potent puree.

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