Making baby food is a great way to know exactly what your baby is eating and saving money. And despite what many moms think, it is not a Herculean task. Here are some tips for preparing and storing baby food which you’ll find will not require you to have Einstein’s brains or Rambo’s muscles.
What are the basic things that you need?
- You need to have a mashing/pureeing tool such as fork, blender, or food processor.
- You need to purchase the freshest produce you can find.
- You also need to have clean vacuum sealed containers that you can use in storing your homemade baby food.
Below are the most basic steps in making baby food:
- Clean everything (equipment, utensils, ingredients, and your hands too) that you need
- Cook the vegetables or fruits by steaming, roasting, microwaving, or baking them. Microwaving and steaming preserve the most number of nutrients. If needed, peel or take out the seeds in the fruit/vegetable.
- Puree or mash the vegetables or fruits. Remember to pour some water or baby milk until you get the consistency that you desire.
- Place your homemade baby food in vacuum sealed one serving size containers and store them in the fridge for 2-3 days.
The following are points to remember:
- Different types of fruits/vegetables require different cooking time.
- For mashed banana or avocado (and the like), you can skip steps two and four. They don’t need cooking to make them soft enough to mash. They also don’t need storing because it is easier to just make them when needed instead.
- Storing baby food in the freezer extends its shelf life by a couple of months.
- There is an ongoing debate between experts as to whether one should or should not peel fruits and vegetables before cooking and mashing them. Both parties have strong arguments so it is really up to you if you want to have the peel on or off when you are making baby food.