Making your own baby food seems more tasking that it is. For those of you who meal prep, making your own baby food is a breeze. There’s no need to spend tons of money on processed baby food, that are full of who knows what, any longer. Here is a simple guide to making your own baby food.
When making your own baby food there are a couple of different items you will need. First, you will want to purchase your fresh fruit and veggies. Make sure you aren’t only buying foods that you are partial too as you want your baby to experience all foods and make their own judgments on what they do and do not like.
Next, you will need storing trays for the food once it’s prepared. You can grab some cheap ice cube trays and wrap them in saran wrap for storage or you can purchase a silicone baby food freezer tray that are made specifically for freezing and storing baby food.
I use the Simple Kitchen silicone freezer tray because I love the clip on lid and it’s extremely easier to pop the food out and clean. Ice cube trays are a pain to clean and are roughly only 1 oz of food where the silicone baby food tray is 2 oz which is the same amount as store bought baby food. If you want your baby to slurp down some fresh food, grab some baby food pouches too.
Cooking the Food
When it comes to fruits, most of them are quick and easy to make. Start by washing all of the fruit, peeling them, and then dicing them into pieces. With veggies, it’s a little more difficult. You will need to first wash the veggies, then you will need to steam or boil them until soft. You can use either method but steaming is preferred as it retains the most nutrients. Once soft, dice them into pieces as well.
Once you have your veggies and fruits ready to go, you will then place them in the food processor along with an ounce or two of clean, plain water, formula, or breastmilk and then puree to your desire. It is very important to keep them separate if you are just starting solids, you can read more about that here.
Storing the Food
Once all the foods are mixed and pureed, you will want the food to cool if warm, then pour into your storage tray and pop in the freezer. Once the food is frozen you can place each one into Ziploc bags or individual Tupperware containers. Make sure to label each food so you don’t forget or have to guess which is which later one.
Yes, making your own baby food is more time consuming than the convenience of store bought baby food but just keep in mind how much healthier it is for your baby. You don’t have to worry about foreign objects or chemicals in your baby’s food any longer and you are giving your baby a jump start to a healthy life.