Homemade Baby Food
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Alyssa - posted on 11/10/2010
At the moment i'm not cause we're remodeling our kitchen, but I used this great website to get me started. It tells how well each veggie of fruit freezes, and has recipes. good luck! :)
Liz - posted on 11/23/2010
for the peas and green beans, use a stick blender, or food processor, add a tablespoon of water (or broth or breast milk or formula) per cup of veggie. After it is smooth, pour it through a mesh strainer or sieve. it will remove any chunks of skin that didn't get broken down. Works well for blueberries too.
Liz - posted on 11/22/2010
As for spices, do add spices to babies food. No salt or sugar but adding spices doesn't take away from the food or add anything unhealthy. My doctor said that feeding babies only plain foods can cause them to be picky eaters later. If they are not used to any kinds of spices, they will prefer bland foods as toddlers and preschool aged children. Many of the baby food books available on the market right now have recipes for children 7-8 months that include small amounts of spices. I introduced all of the basic foods one by one with my daughter. Once I knew she was not allergic or intolerant to any of them, and after I cleared it with our ped., I have started feeding her table food. I pull a small amount of whatever we are eating before it is salted and blend it up. She eats a huge variety of foods and loves them. We go easy on the onions as they can give her gas so i pick out any pieces. She and I both had a nice bowl of butternut squash soup for lunch today. Roasted squash, homemade chicken broth with no added salt, garlic, pepper and italian herbs all blended with a stick blender. I added a bit of sea salt to mine... She was yelling at me for not being fast enough with the spoon.
We also have an organic orchard on our farm. None of the trees are tended to at all, they are 50+ years old and still giving fruit. We picked cherries, pears, apples, and apricots this year. I steamed, pureed and froze enough fruit for her for the next year. I did some in bite sized cubes for when she gets a bit older. We have the Williams Sonoma Baby food maker mentioned in another post. It uses gentle steam to retain as many nutrients as possible. The freezing trays that go with it are wonderful! They make the perfect sized portions of food.
Also a good tip I got from our Ped. and a few other moms, use frozen vegetables and fruit and blend it yourself to make foods if you don't have access to those fresh. Most companies flash freeze their products which preserves them as good as you possibly can. They are readily available and are quite inexpensive. Fresh is best but frozen is good too.
Jennifer - posted on 11/21/2010
Williams Sonoma has a really neat puree machine and it comes with a cookbook that has recipes from beginner food to solid foods. It also comes with freezing trays so you can make bulk and freeze it. I think it costs $250 I might be wrong. It was a gift.
Mary Renee - posted on 11/18/2010
I wouldn't put any spice or garlic in her food until she's at least a year old. They don't need that. They're really only supposed to eat one ingredient at a time when they start, and they don't need their food salted or with spice or anything like that.
Carolyn - posted on 11/18/2010
We've started....we're limited as here in Barbados, we don't have a very good selection of produce. But we've done: peas, carrots with garlic, pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice, bananas.......they're all really easy to make. I like knowing that her food is fresh!!
Mary Renee - posted on 11/13/2010
I love making my daughter homemade baby food. Usually for her first try of any food I make it myself and then subsequently if I'm in hurry I'll go ahead and give her storebought after already knowing she tolerated the homemade.
It's very easy and I don't even have a blender, I just have a little cup with and insert with holes in it that smashes the food but a blender would be fine.
Our favorites are:
1. Sweet Potatoes: Boil or steam the sweet potato. I like to cut in quarter and steam it with the skin still on because I heard that retains nutrients better. Steam it for sometimes up to 40 mins (if you keep it in big chunks, less time if you cut it smaller) or until you can smush a fork in it easily. Mash it up. Refrigerate a day or twos worth and freeze the rest.
2. Apples: Same deal. Except I peel them first. Then I cut them and steam them and mash them.
3. Squash. This is a little different. Cut the squash in half and put it face down in about an inch of water inside a glass baking pan. Bake it in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes. Take it out, scrape the "meat" of the squash out of the skin. Smash it and you're good to go. It has a lot of water in it though so you don't need to add any. And if you do add any to the others, add nursery water to be on the safe side.
***Also here's another thing I ran into. Peas and Green Beans are more difficult because of the skin. I tried to feed it to her but I couldn't get a good consistency because of the skin and resorted to store bought baby food for these items.
Irene - posted on 11/13/2010
I haven't started Alice on solids yet, but actually the wholesomebabyfood.com website introduced me to another concept of feeding babies - baby-led weaning. I hope to do this with Alice! Basically you skip the whole puree stage - the basis is that babies from 6 months and older are able to start feeding themselves, without being spoon-fed, skipping the puree stage. It's really interesting. Wholesome Baby Food has some info, and there is a book on it as well, which explains it much better than I just have, called "Baby-Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food" by Gill Rapley. Take a look if interested, I definitely think it's worth it! Good luck!
Amina - posted on 11/11/2010
its easy to make baby food my son is now six months and eats everything he likes his food bless him. i i used hand blander to smooth his food he like carrots sweet potatoes riice chicken or meat one fresh tomato poil together when its cooked use hand blander smooth it, i am sure ur child will love u can use diffrent foods to try see which one he liks best
Barbara - posted on 11/10/2010
I love making baby food for my 6 month old daughter! A friend recommended a book to me and we have been using the recipes/directions for butternut squash, pear, apple, sweet potato, and pear purees. It's called Cooking for Baby and it's extremely user friendly. It saves money and you know exactly what your baby is eating! We live in Southern California so we are lucky enough to get many produce items year round. All you need to get started is a steamer, something to store the food, and a food processor (blender will work if that's what you have). Storage can be something as simple as an ice cube tray with a cover, but if you search online for baby food storage items there are multiple options. Have fun!
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