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Making Baby Food is Easier Than You Think!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Making Baby Food

The thought of making your own baby food may seem daunting and maybe even pointless since there are so many packaged baby food options on the market. If you’ve thought about it but feel like it might be too much work, I promise it’s not.

It is actually really easy! And it’s totally worth it. Just like eating fresh food is better for us as adults, fresh, homemade food beats a can or pouch any day of the week for kids, too!

You don’t need any fancy equipment or special “baby food makers.” Really the only things you need are a food processor, some ice cube trays and if you’re sending food to daycare some little glass containers to put the prepared baby food in.

First you have to decide if you feel more comfortable with baby led weaning, where babies gnaw on larger chunks of food, or if you want to stick with purees, or maybe do a combination of each. Purees tend to be the best option for daycares since so many don’t want the liability of possible choking.

My favorite guide to making baby foods are a cookbook by Tyler Florence called Start Fresh it begins with purees and works through toddler foods and all the way into family meals. I’ve probably made every recipe in the book and have not come across one the whole family didn’t love. One of my daughters’ favorite purees from the cookbook was a combination I would have never thought of on my own: carrot, mango and apple! Another great resource is the Wholesome Baby Food website which is jam-packed with helpful information.

As babies get older and they start eating more complex foods they can start eating the same things that you eat. Eventually you’ll need to puree less and less until you don’t even need to puree at all. While you are still pureeing though I suggest preparing everything in large batches! Then simply scoop the puree into the ice cube trays and freeze. Once they’re completely frozen you can remove the individual frozen cubes and transfer them into a large freezer safe bag and lay them flat to save space. That’s the bulk of the work!

If you’re getting food ready for daycare just take a few cubes out the night before. Put them into a small glass container in the fridge and let them thaw overnight. If you’re eating at home,
I recommend heating them on the stove top rather than the microwave. You can even add some breast milk to the sweet flavors or some bone broth to the savory flavors. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and online fitness coach. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their grove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby.