I decided that I want to make some of my own baby food to save money. What can I use to puree that is not too expensive - what about the magic bullet?

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Eileen - posted on 02/18/2009

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As another post said, feeding your child with food you've prepared is the best way to raise a child that eats almost everything.  It's also a great way to avoid preservatives, additives and "filler" foods, rather than nutritious foods.



Try combinations of only two things, so that the flavour is not too fully disguised.  Mush of too much often tasts yuck.  This is also useful for identifying food intolerances, as you know what the child ate in any day, in any meal.



Also, try using similar vegetables in each blend - potato and sweet potato, or carrot, or pumpkin.  Broccoli and Cauliflower is nice! (great base for an adult dip).  



If you do identify a food the child doesn't like, try that with a different food they do like, or add some gravy.  The easiest way to select the menu is to steal a little off your plate every meal and process that to a baby-acceptable form.  With my 4 children, I even gave them a little of any curry or soup I served us.  all 4 love curry (in moderation) now.



Re preparing food, remember that lumps will assist your child to learn to chew, and then assist jaw development for preparing to talk.  As the child can handle less fine food, then mash it with a potato masher, or a fork.  This is easier when food well cooked.  Initially lumps will be rejected, but so long as they can successfully move it around in their mouth, and begin to swallow, soft lumps are good for them.



Remember to taste it yourself every time.  If you like it (or you would like it with a little salt or sugar) it's good for bub (but without the salt or sugar!).



(Home schooling Mum of 4)








Elizabeth - posted on 02/18/2009

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hi i used a hand blender from argos costing about £5.00 and a glass jug as both my sons would not eat the jar food and i must admit the blender still work

Joanne - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi, I used a stick blender to puree the food for my son and my sister done the same when she had her daughter. Its cheap and easy to use and clean.



I still use it for baking and cooking.



Hth



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Skip the purees totally and give your baby finger sized pieces of whatever you are having. If your baby is over 6 months old they don't need to be given purees. My DD is 8 months old and her first food (at 6 months) was pieces of steamed broccoli and roast chicken (which is what we were having for dinner). It is called Baby Led Weaning, if you google it there is lots of info.

Kristy - posted on 02/18/2009

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My 3rd baby's favourite is vegetables with poached chicken breast. Get a saucepan put some water in the bottom put it on the heat put in a chicken breast and put the lid on. cook on med heat for about 15mins or until chicken is white all the way through. finely dice into your mashed or pureed veges. suitable for say 8 months up or earlier if you puree the chicken.

Kristy - posted on 02/18/2009

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I always fed my baby the food we were having mushed up/ blended/ processed. The exceptions were very spicy foods or foods that would induce wind such as cabbage. If I was making something extra spicy I would just remove the baby's portion of meat and veg pasta rice whatever before the spices went in.



I also cooked specific baby food and like the other posts I used my blender and or food processor. I was given a stick mixer that works good but gave up the ghost after a few years. Food mills are also excellent for first foods as it makes the food very smooth.



I used to freeze baby food in portions in large ice cube trays when frozen I popped out the cubes and placed in a container that went back in the freezer and then took out how many cubes the baby was up to eating.

Annie - posted on 02/18/2009

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I tried a blender and a hand mixer with my last child. That was the only time I made my own baby food. They did both work, but the Magic Bullet cut the time down an incredible amount. Very fast and much easier to clean than the blender, especially if you are only making food for the day and not a large batch.

Lynda - posted on 02/17/2009

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In the old days mums used to use their teeth! almost any kitchen gadget that will cut the food up fine will do the trick.. (just watch out for lumps!)

Denise - posted on 02/17/2009

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I used my blender. It worked fine. I would freeze the food in ice cube trays and then when frozen I would put into zip-lock bags for storage and take out whatever I needed. I only did veggies.

Caoimhe - posted on 02/17/2009

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any veg really and most fruits, also a litllte bit of  meat, chicken and fish, anything that you eat really.



When my little boy was a baby i just bought one of the hand held whizzers (philips, i think, you can get them anywhere) which was great, when he was really small we used to freeze seperate portions of food in icecube trays and then move them over to a freezer bag,that way it is really eay to mix and match what we gave him and there was always something in the freezer. He has a great appetite now and eats nearly everything i put that down to giving him a big variety when he was a baby.now that he's 3 we use the whizzer to make smoothies and soup!!! good luck with making your own food, it really is the best way to go :)

Jolene - posted on 02/17/2009

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You can buy a food mill. They aren't expensive, I believe mine was $20.00 and I bought it from an organic grocery store. I've also seen them at Bo Bebe.

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