Make Your Own Baby Food: Puree and Storing your Homemade Baby Food
Making your own baby food may seem like a scary and complicated process by you can see just how easy it can be! Learn more about starting solid foods.
How to puree your baby food —
- Cook your fruit or veggies: You can steam, boil, bake, or microwave but steaming keeps the most nutrients in the fruit of veggie. (Bananas and Avacados are the exception)
- Set aside and let cook slightly (or run under cold water to speed the process)
- Puree – You can use a food processor, blender, immersion blender, or something that is made specifically for baby food.
- As you are pureeing your food, you will want to add some sort of liquid – left over from the cooking process or formula/breast-milk work great. -1
How to store your baby food —
- Keep baby food in refrigerator for 48-72 hours and no longer -1
- Keep baby food in the freezer for about 3 weeks
- Never feed baby from the container you store your food(whether its homemade or store bought) because your baby’s saliva can contaminate the food
- Always use a freezer safe container when freezing baby food. Using ice cube trays, canning jars and other freezer safe glass and plastic containers when freezing your baby food is recommended. Do not use old baby food jars, they are not freezer safe. -1
- Always label the food with the date, and pay attention so it is not spoiled
- Place the baby food in the fridge overnight to thaw
Once the food is thawed it may need to be thinned or thickened. If the food is too ‘watery’ add rice ceral, or yogurt(only if baby has had yougurt previously). If the food is too thick, add water, formula or breast milk.
I always recommend to make extras of what you are cooking for yourself (just don’t add salt, pepper, or butter until baby’s portion is out of the way) start feeding them early what you are eating and it will be (hopefully) easier once they get older!
Use these tips to make your own baby food!1- Meade, Maggie. “Puree Homemade Baby Food – Pureeing & Storing Foods for Your Baby.”Puree Baby Food, Puree Baby Food Fruits and Puree Vegetables for Homemade Baby Food, Pureeing, Storing and Preparing Homemade Baby Food. Maggie Meade, 2 Apr. 2012. Web. 14 Sept. 2012. <http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/pureebabyfoodandstore.htm>.