Homemade baby food is quick and easy to make and it’s a lot less expensive than buying baby food at the store. In this post, you’ll find easy instructions, helpful tips and a video showing some examples.
Easy Homemade Baby Food
I have to say, when I see a mom whose cart is just full of baby food at the store, I just cringe. Homemade baby food is one of the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive things you can make so why spend hundreds of dollars buying the little jars? I’ve had four kids and bought a total of about 20 jars of baby food. Most of those jars of baby food were for trips.
Here are a couple quick and easy ways to make baby food:
Steam vegetables or fruits in a small amount of water. You can start with peas, green beans, apples, peaches, pears or sweet potatoes.
For meats: boil in some water until tender. Chicken is a good meat to start with.
Cool. Puree with water or breast milk in a blender or food processor until smooth. I just use a hand blender and I have baby food in about 30 seconds. Just rinse off the blender and you’re done!
Freeze the baby food puree in ice cube trays.
When frozen, place your homemade baby food cubes in a freezer bag. Take as many cubes as you need for a meal. Simply defrost and serve.
The Fast and Easy Homemade Baby Food Method
When I’m in a hurry, I just open a can of vegetables or fruit and puree it right in the can with my hand blender. It’s quick and easy. I drain off some of the juice but not all of it.
Of course, you can always just open a jar of applesauce and give it to them.
If you are on the go: You can store homemade baby food in small half cup containers that are easy to grab and run.
We most frequently used pears, peaches, bananas, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes and leftover meat, but you can try other foods, too. We experimented with a lot of foods. We DON’T recommend pumpkin just because our oldest son had a negative reaction to it.
Sometimes we would add a little bit of baby rice to the thinner foods. The rice doesn’t really change the flavor, but it thickens some things and helps satisfy baby longer. Babies seem to like the flavor as-is for most foods, but if something seemed too bitter, we would experiment adding a little of something sweet just to see if they would like it better.
Using Food From Your Dinner
You can always use leftovers from your dinner to make baby food, too. Just puree and freeze it as above.
If the leftovers have seasonings on them, I just rinse them off before pureeing. Tawra
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