You are ready to start making healthy, homemade baby food but don’t know where to begin? These simple steps will get you started!
More and more people are turning away from prepackaged foods, restaurants, and fast food. This is a great way to make sure you are eating healthy, nutritious food. But what about your kids?
Once your child is old enough to eat the same healthy foods you do this isn’t a problem. But there is a gap between kids eating fully solid food and babies that are still breastfeeding.
Let’s look at how you can start making baby foods at home that not only taste great but are healthy as well.
Once your kid is ready to begin the switch from breastfeeding to solids make sure you are picking the right foods. Some foods can be hard on the little one’s digestive system. Introducing the wrong foods or foods too quickly can lead to an unhappy child.
Best Baby Foods to Make at Home
Here are some safe foods to start them on:
These foods will be easy to prepare, tasty and nutritious.
How to Prepare Food for Babies
Now that we have some foods to start with let’s cover how to prepare them.
Recently, special steamers and blenders have been made to cook baby food. These aren’t needed, save your money. You mostly likely have all you need in your kitchen already.
You will need:
- A large pot and steaming basket
Blender or hand mixer
Ice cube trays
Do you have all your tools? Great! Buy some fresh, organic produce and let’s get cooking! We always recommend you eat organic food when possible.
Tips for Cooking Baby Food
If you child is less than 6 months steam all your fruits and vegetables first. This will help soften up the food so it can be more easily digested. It will also kill off germs, remember their immune system isn’t as strong as yours.
This step is pretty straightforward. Put your steaming basket in your pot and fill it with enough water to steam, but not enough to start coming over the basket.
Then put it on your burner and set it to high. Once the water starts to steam bring down the heat so it doesn’t turn into a boil.
While you are waiting for the water to heat up chop and peel as necessary. This will make sure they all cook evenly and speed up the cook time. It also makes for easier blending later.
Add in your produce and cover the pot. Steam for a few minutes until it is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Carefully remove the basket and you are ready to blend.
Whether you are using a blender, food processor, hand mixer or even a fork the result should be the same. A smooth puree, like the baby food you find at the store.
The younger your child the thinner you will want the food to be. As they grow older you can make it thicker and thicker. Use water as need to achieve the consistency you are looking for, just be sure to add it in a teaspoon at a time.
Some vegetables are better to roast to soften them up. Here are a few I use this method on:
- Sweet potatoes
They will soften up nicely and make them sweeter. Baking temperature and cook time will vary depending on what you are cooking.
Once you’ve made your baby food it’s time to store them. For this, I use two two different methods.
The first portion I put into ice cube trays and freeze for 24 hours. Once they are fully hardened, remove them and place them into a freezer bag. These will last up to 6 months in the freezer and lets you easily remove more as needed.
The second portion I keep in BPA Free Tupperware or a glass bowl to use over the next few days. As I run low I’ll remove some more food from the freezer and let it defrost in the refrigerator.
To eat up your homemade baby food you can use the microwave, but this is something I don’t recommend. The whole point of making baby food at home is to keep it as healthy as possible.
I prefer using a small sauce pan to gently warm up the food. It helps preserve all the nutrients and tastes much better. It’s definitely worth the few extra minutes.
You are now ready to start making food for your baby at home! I hope you have fun with it and start experimenting with different baby food recipes. Your child is lucky to have such a caring parent! Stick around for more organic baby products that are right for you.