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Canned baby food is a huge industry, with thousands of cans sold every day. While some premade baby foods are perfectly fine and healthy, the fact is, there is really no good reason to feed your baby processed baby food; there are many benefits to making your own! It’s also probably a lot easier than you think!
You might think about making your own baby food for reasons such as:
I’m a huge advocate of making your own baby food, and I’d recommend it to all parents for the reasons above.
Making your own baby food is pretty simple. In order to get started, all you really need is a way to process and steam food. The simplest way is to get an all-in one baby food maker to do most of the work for you. However, this can be a more expensive solution. If you have a food processor, it will probably work well enough.
You’ll also need some small airtight containers to hold baby-sized servings of food. You can purchase some, or simply use an ice cube tray inside of a ziploc bag.
The most important part is going to be the actual fruits and veggies you use to make the food. You’re going to want the freshest, highest-quality stuff you can find.
You should make sure that your hands and the area you’re going to use to prepare the food are very clean. Wash both your hands and any utensils or tools you’re going to be using in hot, soapy water, rinse them in hot water and let them air dry.
Most fruits and vegetables are going to be great for making your little guy or girl food. You might want to consider using:
If you can afford it, you should aim for truly organic fruits and vegetables; the trace amounts of pesticides found on fruits and veggies will affect babies a lot more than adults. Also, since babies eat so little, it’s not going to cost a whole lot to feed them organic produce. I’d definitely recommend it if you can afford it.
At the very least, you’re going to want to buy organic versions of the most pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, bell peppers, nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes, and kale.
Here are some ideas for simple baby foods you can make.
Bananas are one of the best, cheapest and simplest things you can feed your baby. Not only that, but they’re super chock-full of potassium and vitamins. It really makes no sense to buy prepackaged banana baby food, especially since it’s packaged and processed. Bananas are super easy to prepare for your baby: all you need to do is mash it up with a spoon! You can also add formula or breast milk, if necessary.
Rice cereal is a common first food, and it’s simple to make as well as cheap.
If your baby doesn’t take to the rice cereal at first, don’t give up. Just add more formula or breast milk and try again.
Pureeing fruits and vegetables is really easy, too. For fruits like apples, you don’t even have to steam them. Simply peel them and offer them to your baby. When it comes to vegetables like carrots and greens, just cut them into small pieces, steam them for a short time, then throw them in the blender with some of the cooking water and puree them. You can also blend these greens with other foods, like squash.
There are a few things you’re going to want to avoid when making baby food:
You should either serve or store your baby food as soon as you prepare it. Since this is all fresh stuff, not processed like prepacked food, it’s going to spoil quickly if not stored properly. Don’t leave it at room temperature, and get it in the fridge as soon as possible.
You’re going to want to use air-tight containers. Make sure they’re properly cleaned and dried before using them, and wash your hands and the area thoroughly. Food in the refrigerator is going to last two days at the most, so be sure to use it up.
If you want to freeze your baby food for later, there is a simple method
Freezing baby food: the ice-cube tray method:
To serve the frozen food, you just prepare it the same way you would with any frozen food. You can put it in the microwave, or in a cup in hot water. Remember to check the temperature before serving, and never refreeze food if it’s been thawed once already.
I firmly believe that once you start making your own baby food, you’re never going to go back to buying prepacked food again. There are just so many benefits to making homemade food that there’s really no reason to buy it.
Did you try making baby food at home? Leave us a comment or question below!