Making baby food is probably one of the easiest things that you will ever do. The simpler you make it, the healthier it will be for your baby.
I asked my own children’s doctor if it was better for me to make it than to buy it, and she gave a totally thumbs up to the idea of making baby food. When you make it yourself, there’s no preservatives in it, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying the pre-made jars.
You don’t even need to use fresh vegetables in order for the homemade baby food to be nutritious. Frozen vegetables preserve a majority of the nutrients that they had when they were fresh. The best vegetables to use for the homemade baby food are vegetables that can be pureed easily without any chunky residue. Peas and carrots are prefect, whereas broccoli won’t work so well. So here’s what you do:
- Follow the instructions on any frozen bag of vegetables in order to cook them.
- Once cooked, like I said, the less you add to them, the better. If you’ve got a baby that is underweight, you can add butter to loaf the vegetables up. Do not add salt. You don’t want to start that habit early.
- Put cooked and seasoned vegetables in food processor, and hit puree button.
- Periodically mix the vegetables with a spoon in the processor so that each single veggie gets grinded by the blade.
- Once you feel they are all pureed, sort through them with a spoon just to make absolutely sure there are no chunks.
- When you’re sure, separate the veggies in different little containers. Put 2 oz. of veggies in each container. I recommend The First Years Take n Toss bowls with lids for containers.
- As your baby grows, you can make the food chunkier, and separate it into 4 oz portions rather than 2 oz portions.
- You can keep the servings that your are going to use within two days in the fridge. Put the rest in the freezer.
- To heat refrigerated servings, spoon them out of the plastic containers into a microwave-safe bowl and heat the refrigerated ones for 20 seconds.
- To thaw out the frozen servings, run the bottom of the closed container under hot water for about a minute. Then, take lid off of container and just flip the container upside down into a microwave-safe bowl. It should pop right out of the container in which you froze it. Then microwave that for a minute, stirring it every 15 seconds.
- Always test the temperature of the food before you serve it to your baby.
- And there you have it, just bib up your baby, and spoon in the deliciousness!