You're about to start introducing solid foods to your baby and are wondering, should I make the baby food myself or should I buy it from the store?
Buying from a store could be more convenient, save you time, and the product might store for longer, but there are some advantages to making homemade baby food yourself. Today we will look at making homemade baby food and all that it entails.
Why Make Your Own Baby Food
There are several reasons you might consider making your own homemade baby food. These include:
- You will know exactly what you are feeding your baby.
- Making fresh food taste better.
- When you make your ow baby food, you will be able to control the texture of the food, you get to choose what the baby eats and offer a wider variety of food.
- Homemade baby food can help the baby get used to the food that the rest of the family eats (just in puree form).
- Homemade purees could be more economical than buying premade baby food.
Supplies To Make Your Own Baby Food
Most of the items you will need to make your own baby food you will already have around the kitchen. Others you may need to buy.
- A food processor or blender
- Freezer trays or glass jars
- Steamer basket or steamer insert
- Baking sheets
- Sauce pan
- Freezer bags
How To Make Homemade Purees
There are a variety of ways and recipes online to make your own baby food.
In general, you can either steam, roast, simmer, bake, or blend the food raw to prepare it. So, pick a food and cook it in your desired way and then put it into the food processor with maybe a few herbs and spices to give it some flavor and puree away. You may or may not need to add in some extra liquid such as water or milk to help get a smooth consistency.
How To Freeze And Store Baby Food
After you have made the baby food, put some of it into the fridge for your baby to eat over the course of the week and then freeze the rest of it for later.
A good trick for freezing is to put the puree into an ice cube tray and then cover and freeze it.
This is helpful for when you want to thaw it you can pick out how much of the food you want, and you can even mix and match foods to give your baby a well-balanced meal.
Resources To Learn More
Here are several resources and recipes for making your own baby food and deciding if it's right for you.
By Riley Johnson
Dietetic Intern Franciscan Health Lafayette East / Purdue University