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Jan - posted on 11/08/2009
I made baby food for my son and I steamed or baked plain vegetables, no salt. Sweet potatoes and all the winter squashes were his favorites. I baked the potatoes by just putting them in the oven. Winter squashes, acorn squash, and even small pumpkins I, cut them in half, removed the seeds and put them open side down on a shallow baking pan with a quarter inch of water or so. I baked them at probably 350° until they were soft. Some of the bigger tough ones took an hour or more. After everything was cooled I scooped the flesh out of the skins and put it in the blender. I added a little bit of water to thin it, but not so much it was runny. Then I poured it into ice trays and froze it. When it was frozen I popped it into ziplock bags until I needed it. I put frozen cubes into empty baby food jars to defrost in the fridge. I did this with peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, pumpkin, green beans... I did the same with really tender chicken and beef. I also blended fruits like this. I used plain food with no seasoning. As he got some teeth I cooked regular food with no seasoning, and then mashed it with a fork for him so it had a little texture but not too much—sort of like the toddler foods on the shelf now.
It was very easy! But a pumpkin can fill a LOT of ice trays! So don't plan to do it all in one day or your freezer will be full. If necessary you can keep a batch of it in the fridge for a day or so until more freezer space is available.
Once you start doing this you'll wonder why anyone buys baby food. It's so much cheaper and there are no additives.
Christine - posted on 11/08/2009
i just made my first batch of peas. Get a bag of good quality peas,organic if possible, steam (not too long) put them in a blender let them cool off a little then put them in ice cube trays. Ive noticed you can use this method w/ almost all veggies-fresh ones too.. Start with single ingredient foods for younger baby.As they get older you can make things interesting like meat and potatoes, pastas.or blending and freezing portions of your family's meals.mixed fruit is good too, apples and cherries,or berries. remember to stay away from beans dairy honey broccoli and citrus fruit (some babies get reactions from it)i think until after a year check w/ doc. Also dont really season the food no salt or pepper and dont need sugar either. remember to keep things simple .Oh and after they're frozen pop them out of the trays and put them in freezer bags to store.Very cost effective. Hope this helps, have fun.
Anna - posted on 11/08/2009
You can use pretty much any combination of veges - just boil or steam them until soft and put them in the blender or force them through a sieve. For an older baby, you can just add a little liquid and mash with a fork. For a young baby, go easy on things that cause gas like brocoli, onions, beans etc - introduce these slowly. Also, be careful with acidic veges like tomato, capsicum - they can cause diaper rash. Pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, corn, spinach, peas, parsnips are all good. Don't add salt or spices.
Prepare fruit the same way - stewed apples or pears are good first foods, also raw mashed banana. Then you can try berries and peaches.
You can make custard using breastmilk or formula mixed with egg yolk. Just whisk them together, put in a little ovenproof dish and put that dish in another dish half full of water. Then bake in the oven. Or you can heat it gently in the microwave until it sets. Babies can have egg yolk at 6 months but shouldn't have the white until one year in case of allergies. You can also cook oatmeal for them - same as for grown ups. Once your baby is used to eating solids, you can feed them almost anything - just blend or mash some of whatever you're having for dinner.
Watch for signs of allergies after you introduce something new.
Lesley - posted on 11/08/2009
i made baby food out of anything we eat, you just eliminate the condiments and process it to the right consistancy for your child. For ideas of what ranges of food your child should be eating just look at shop bought baby food. So for small babies custards and pureed fruit. and as the get older veges and then meat.
Sara - posted on 11/08/2009
the best way to make homemade baby food is to invest in a food processor..online at walmart.com, you can get one for $34.00, and the shipping is free so long as you do "site-to-store" after that take some apples, puree them up, and maybe add a little cinnamon! do the same with carrots, peas, bananas! Hope that helps!