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Has anyone tryed making their own baby food? If so, what tips do you all have?

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I made my own, the biggest tip I can give is GET A MAGIC BULLET! It's so much smaller and compact than a whole food processor. And I froze my food in ice cube trays, when she was little one or two cubes was a meal.

April - posted on 01/18/2009

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buy a small food processor even a hand powered on and put the food in it and chop it up. favorits are mashed potatoes and carrots and meat small amounts of meat though. Then feed to baby. it is more healthier than processed baby food. no addditives.

Lorraine - posted on 01/18/2009

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hi both my children have had homemade baby food since they were old enough, as long you dont addy any flavourings then you can give them amost anything, they say to avoid eggs cheeses and pastas etc until your baby is atleast 6 months. my little boy loves fich mixed in with mashed potato with a little butter and milk to blend it all together. like i said you can give them anything depending on their age all depends on the consistancy it has to be. hope you find this helpful. also you can get someinfo of the internet on recipes for babies.

Sharon - posted on 01/18/2009

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If you get a "food mill" you can use it to finely grind whatever you make for your family dinner to give to your baby. I've seen portable versions of them in the baby isle, they look like the peppermill grinders. This would work best for a baby that is moving beyond stage I baby foods, into a more chunky consistency.

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Christina - posted on 01/19/2009

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also at the end i would boil a bit of rice so that when starting to eat solids the process would be easier. some rice or little stars pasta. small stuff to get them chewing!

Christina - posted on 01/19/2009

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i made my own food...anythings goes..when boiling meat i would add onion (just for the taste bc everything was unsalted) take it out afterward, parsley, tomatoes, celery, sweet peppers, peas, half a potato, some half a carrot. blend it all and it makes up for the lack of salt! my kids loved it. whatever i had in the fridge was in the soup (except the onion) i would put it in a muffin pan freeze it and have it ready for the days when 24 hrs just arent enough!

Heather - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hello, 



I used home made chicken stock ( you can make a big batch and freeze it in smaller quantities), and I used that to blend the veggies, and added protein that way. Also old standbys, bananas, scrambled eggs, ( whole protein), and avocados, are fast to do and always helped me out in a pinch.

Heather - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hello, 



I used home made chicken stock ( you can make a big batch and freeze it in smaller quantities), and I used that to blend the veggies, and added protein that way. Also old standbys, bananas, scrambled eggs, ( whole protein), and avocados, are fast to do and always helped me out in a pinch.

User - posted on 01/19/2009

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I made my own and use frozen veggies, once they are a bit older puree what you are eating so they get a lot of variety and you do not have leftovers!



Particularly this time of year frozen fruits are a great value.



 



I used vSuper Baby Food as well but I used store bought cereal not the porriage.

Cathy - posted on 01/19/2009

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When I made baby food for my kids, I was lucky to have access to a VitaMix Blender.  I cook all of my meals from "scratch" and I would put some in the VitaMix blender to make baby food.  I knew what my babies were eating and they got used to my cooking.  Plus the fact that making your own baby food is a lot cheaper!  I even cooked fresh fruit to make into baby food.  Anything extra can be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

Cathy - posted on 01/19/2009

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When I made baby food for my kids, I was lucky to have access to a VitaMix Blender.  I cook all of my meals from "scratch" and I would put some in the VitaMix blender to make baby food.  I knew what my babies were eating and they got used to my cooking.  Plus the fact that making your own baby food is a lot cheaper!  I even cooked fresh fruit to make into baby food.  Anything extra can be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

Cathy - posted on 01/19/2009

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When I made baby food for my kids, I was lucky to have access to a VitaMix Blender.  I cook all of my meals from "scratch" and I would put some in the VitaMix blender to make baby food.  I knew what my babies were eating and they got used to my cooking.  Plus the fact that making your own baby food is a lot cheaper!  I even cooked fresh fruit to make into baby food.  Anything extra can be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

Marie - posted on 01/18/2009

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It is so easy to make your own food. I started a blog to help people who are interested in cooking for their kids (infant to toddler). Check out my blog: http://mammascooking.blogspot.com/

Its a work in progress, so any comments/suggestions are more than welcome!!!

MaRee - posted on 01/18/2009

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Also, I did large batches of food at a time. It stays good for about 3 months in the freezer in freezer bags and I would just pull out what I needed and make more when I started running low!

MaRee - posted on 01/18/2009

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I did too! It was cheap and super easy!! I used fresh fruit and veggies (frozen peas and green beans). I started by steaming and then cutting. Then blending and freezing in ice cube trays with lids. I used www.wholesomebabyfood.com ALL the time! Great information and tips on how to prepare specific foods up to First Birthday cake ideas (which I just used!). My daughter never had store bought baby food and I loved that I knew exactly what she was eating. Anyone else notice the color difference in the store bought stuff and homemade? Its crazy!!

Delia - posted on 01/18/2009

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However you make the baby food you should freeze it in ice cube trays then put them in baggies. That way you can make it ahead of time and take out a few "ice cubes" for each meal.

Janet - posted on 01/18/2009

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I used a hand blender, you know the ones that you immerse in whatever you want to blend?They're super cheap, simple to clean, and purees great!

Stephanie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I too love the book 'Super Baby Food' it has all kinds of great ideas on how to make your own.

Laurie - posted on 01/18/2009

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when I had my boys, you didn't get a year off to be with your baby, we only got 6 months off and if you wanted to make homemade anything you had to have a plan. So here are some of the things I did.



1. when boiling vegetables on the stove, keep the lid on, nutrients are lost in the steam, keeping the lid on helps to keep them in the water. Use a small amount of that when blending.



2. When we had things like a roast for dinner, I would do potatoes in the roaster with the roast, then take both roast and potatoes, and make babyfood.



3. Use icecube trays to freeze single portions, after frozen place in plastic back, be sure to remove as much of the air from the bag as you can. Then when you don't have the time or someone else is taking care of baby today, all they have to do take one icecube and defrost it gently in the microwave.



4. Defrost frozen baby food icecubes, do not heat in microwave. They can also be warmed in a small bowl sitting in hot water, or on the stove in a small pot, whatever you prefer.



5. Always keep on jar of store bought babyfood in your cupboard, I found as long as I had one I never used it, but when my husband panicked and didn't know what to feed him, he at least recognized the baby on the jar. You never know when there might be an emergency and you don't think to tell whoever is babysitting that it's frozen in the freezer.



Hope this helps. *S*

Brenda - posted on 01/18/2009

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YES! I made all of my daughter’s food starting with her first bite of purees at 5 mo. old! She never ate a store bought jar of food, ever. It just seemed healthier and more tasty! It’s actually pretty easy to do! All you need is a blender and several ice cube trays. Simmer your fruits/veggies until they are soft. Put them in the blender on puree and add a little of the water you simmered them in. Keep blending and adding a little bit of water until it gets to a smooth consistency. Meats are the same. Cook them as you normally would and puree them in the blender. I would make big batches at a time and spoon them into ice cube trays. Once frozen, I would take them out of the trays and store them in gallon freezer bags. In the beginning I gave my daughter one cube of fruit and one cube of veggie. As her appetite grew I gave her two cubes of meat and two cubes of fruit or veggie. At 7 mo., when she had some teeth, I started blending the foods on the chop setting instead of the puree setting. I would recommend reading the following book to get started: Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel. This book has tips, suggestions on when to introduce certain foods and recipes. Once you read through it and see how easy it is you’ll be making up your own combination of foods and won’t need the recipes!  Feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any specific questions once you get started!  Have fun!

Stacy - posted on 01/18/2009

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This is great information.   I'm actually pretty excited about making my own baby food for nutritional reasons.  Like Bethany said, "you know whats going into the food".

Cathy - posted on 01/18/2009

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I made my own food for my first child - and it so paid off! If you are wanting to make to have ahead of time, you just cook the veggies and put them in your food processor until they are smooth. I then just spooned it into ice cube tray, froze, and put them into labelled baggie and threw them back into the freezer. They will stay for a good 3-4 weeks. Then just thaw and warm them up and they're ready to eat! I never froze fruits. But I did can them. Especially apple sauce! As for meats, I would grind what we were eating for dinner (no seasonings of course) and she love it. What's nice about making your own food, you can control the texture as needed too! Have fun!

Angela - posted on 01/18/2009

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I love the book Super Baby Food.  It has all sorts of ideas, recipies (for toddlers too!), as well as money saving tips, ideas for household needs. . .it's just a really good book!  It talks about how to keep the food safe from contamination when you're making it, too. It also has food lists that are good ideas for babies based on their age . . .



I also have a Tommy Tipee food processor which pureed really well. 



Let me know if you have any other questions.  I loved making my own baby food!



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Bethany - posted on 01/18/2009

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I did make my own baby food. I used fresh product (either from the grocery store or garden). cook it, no seasoning and then use the blender to blend it. (add water to make the blending easier). I like making my own because then I knew what was going into the food. and it is cheaper.

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