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DIY Baby Food – 3 Easy Recipes to Get You Started

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One hour per week is all it takes! You can make your baby’s food fresh & tasty in only one hour per week – it really is that easy to make homemade baby food! ~WholesomeBabyFood

Gear

When it comes to kitchen gear for making your own baby food, you have a vast array of choices. Baby Center has your list:

  • A hand-turned food mill with different blades for various textures of food. Many parents say this portable, non-electric gadget is their favorite tool. (Search online for “food mill.”)
  • An all-in-one baby food maker, a device that first steam-cooks and then purees fruit, vegetables, and meat for your baby. Some models also defrost and reheat previously prepared food. (Search for “baby food maker.”)
  • A baby food grinder, a very inexpensive and simple way to break down chunks of food for your baby, non-electric and portable, but you don’t have a choice of textures. Read the reviews online before ordering. The grinders don’t always work as well as they promise, but some parents swear by them. (Search for “baby food grinder.”)
  • A hand blender, a useful electric gadget that purees food like a blender does, but works in the opposite way: You place it into the food rather than vice versa. (Search for “hand blender.”)
  • A regular kitchen blender or food processor. You probably already have at least one of these at home. A blender or food processor might work well for you, though you might find it less than ideal for small jobs.
  • A good old-fashioned fork. This simple piece of kitchen equipment found in every kitchen does a great job with easily mashed foods such as sweet potatoes, avocados, and bananas.

Prep

These prep tips come via HomemadeBabyFoodRecipes.com and are great to keep in mind, so that the food you create is as clean and healthy as possible…

  • Always wash your hands before you start. Yes, it sounds obvious, but so many of us forget to do it!
  • Make sure you wash your pots, pans and utensils in hot, soapy water. Then air-dry them, instead of using a tea towel.
  • Wash vegetables and fruit with cold, running water.
  • Try to use separate cutting boards, one for “animal” products like meat and fish and another for fruits, vegetables and bread. If you only have one board, wash it when you switch from one food type to another. Plastic or glass boards are best – wooden ones tend to harbor bacteria.
  • Refrigerate freshly cooked baby food within 2 hours. Bacteria can grow at room temperature after this time.

Tips

Some tips by Simply Rebekah to help you keep a balanced view and your sanity…

1. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. – Making your own baby food doesn’t have to be a huge commitment.  Try it out with one fruit or veggie, see how you like it, and then go from there.  Babies go through a lot of food, so even if you love making it, don’t feel bad if you don’t make 100% of the food your baby eats.

2. It doesn’t have to be complicated. – Repeat after me, “I promise to never, EVER buy banana baby food.”  Just smash and serve, moms!

3. Get inspiration from jarred baby food. – Check out the baby food isle to see what kind of recipe combinations you can make at home.  I ended up making a batch of mango pear and a batch of blueberry apple after seeing it in the store.

4. Start Small – Some people truly hate sweet potatoes.  Your baby might be one of those people.  Don’t make huge batches of anything until your baby has given that particular food a stamp of approval!  (Note: It can take babies a couple tries to like a new food, but here I’m talking about when it is truly a lost cause!)

Read the rest of Rebekah’s Tips

Storage

The awesome Ice Cube Tray – Freezer Bag Method comes via WholesomeBabyFood

1-oz-baby-food

  • Each cube is approximately 1+ ounces, allowing you to have an idea of the amount of food your baby is consuming.
  • Another advantage is that you probably have ice cube trays on hand and will not need to go out and buy them.
  • Further, there is minimal waste as you use only 1 cube at a time and will not have to toss away much food; such as you toss away when using commercial foods.
  • Using the ice cube tray method to store homemade baby food also allows you to make several trays at a time so your time spent in the kitchen making baby food is decreased.

Recipes

Brown-Rice-Cereal

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Brown Rice Cereal, Weelicious

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup short grain brown rice (i like to use organic brown rice)

Preparation

Place the brown rice in a spice grinder or blender for 45 seconds-1 minute or until finely ground.

* At this point you can store the rice powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator or in a cool dark place.

To make 1 serving for a 4-6 month old baby:

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground brown rice.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy to prevent any lumps from forming.

3. Serve as is or with one of the additions below.

Butternut Squash, Frugal Fanatic Butternut-Squash-Baby-Food-Recipe-682x1024

Butternut Squash Baby Food Ingredients:

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • Baking Dish
  • Food Processor
  • Spoon
  • Water

Butternut Squash Baby Food Directions:

Start by pre-heating your oven to 375. Make sure you wash the squash {haha that rhymes!} first. Next, cut it in half lengthwise and place the squash face down into your baking dish. I like to add a small amount of water into the bottom of the dish to prevent it from sticking. Cover the baking dish with foil and cook in oven for 45 minutes. Read More Here


Beets & Blueberry Mash, Mash Your Heart Out

  •  2 medium organic beets, scrubbed well with water, peeled and chopped into
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

If you’re using a baby food cooker, like the Beaba or Baby Brezza, follow instructions accordingly.

If you’re cooking baby food without a baby food cooker, follow instructions below.

Rinse beets well with water and remove skin with a potato peeler or knife. Chop into one-inch cubes and place into a medium saucepan, along with the blueberries. Add just enough water to cover the tops of the beets and blueberries and cook on a medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, or until beets are tender.

Pour into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Or Use an immersion blender, and blend right in the pan (works great!). More Here

Additional Resources:

BuzzFeed Life has more recipes: 27 Easy DIY Baby Foods

Wholesome Baby Food has wonderful breakdowns by ingredient, so be sure to also visit!

Lori

Freelance Blogger at ImmenselySocial.com
Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at ImmenselySocial.com

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