After a trip to The Farmers Market and grocery store, it’s time to make baby food! I find delight in making baby food. It takes some extra time, planning, and effort but it’s really fairly easy if you have the right tools. I started feeding my baby solids at four months old and I started preparing and freezing foods when he was around three and half months old. Over time I’ve created a pretty smooth system that works really well for my family, so I thought I would share.
First, I recommend a baby food maker. There are several on the market. I went with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer. I chose it mainly because of its multi-use features. It steams, purees, and heats bottles all in one appliance. It saves counter space and is aesthetically pleasing (doesn’t scream baby product). It is easy to use with a simple three position dial, is easy to clean with just three parts, and has served its purpose without any troubles.
Second, I recommend some sort of freezer/storage trays. After a good amount of research, I went with Tutti Bimbi’s Breast milk and Food Storage and Freezer Trays. It is a silicone container with nine pods and a silicone clip on lid. I like that they are square so they stack and store easily in the freezer, foods pop out easily, and the best part is you can write on the lids with a ball point pen and it wipes right off. The pod portion size is 2.6oz which is just the right amount of food for my little one. They are stain resistant and easy to clean as well. I’ve gotten by with two trays so I can make eighteen food pods at one time.
Third, you will need freezer storage containers. I use Ziploc Square, Medium Containers. Of course you can use any freezer container. Gallon size Ziploc bags work well too. I chose the Ziploc square containers because they stack well in the freezer and snugly hold nine food pods.
Fourth, you need containers for thawing the pods out to serve to baby. I’ve had good luck with GladWare Mini, Round 4 Ounce Containers. They are inexpensive and easy to clean. They are also the perfect size and travel well.
Last, you will need lots of yummy, fresh fruits and vegetables. The following is a list of starter foods in the order I introduced them to my baby:
- sweet potatoes
- butternut squash
- sweet peas
- green beans
- yellow squash
You have the tools and the foods, now what?
- Wash your fruits and veggies well.
- Chop, cut, or prepare to place in the steamer/chopper
- If needed, place the recommended amount of water in the steamer and steam
- Pour out the steam water
- Add desired amount of breast milk/formula to create smooth puree (fruits and veggies with a high water content need very little to no added liquid but thicker foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and green beans require a good amount of liquid to get smooth)
- Puree until you’ve reached desired consistency. In the beginning puree needs to be very smooth, almost liquid consistency
- Scoop into freezer tray, label, and date
- Once frozen, pop out the food pods and store in a freezer container.
- When you’re ready to serve, put food pod in an individual container and place it in the refrigerator overnight
- Right before serving, I heat water in a glass bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes and I place the container of food in the hot water to warm to room temperature.
- Serve to baby…..bon appetit!
Making baby food is very gratifying to me. I enjoy feeding my baby a wide variety of healthy,nutritious foods, concocting different recipes, and watching my baby as he eats the yummy goodness. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, give it a go. Your baby won’t be disappointed! Let me know how it goes!
- You can puree using water instead of breast milk/formula but I have a little guy so I always use formula for the added nutrients. I started making baby food with my breast milk but couldn’t keep up with supply so this is when formula was introduced into my baby’s diet.
- Always taste baby’s food before serving it to baby, you want to make sure that it taste yummy and that the temperature is good
- Baby food pods are safe to remain in the freezer from 3 to 6 months and in the refrigerator for 48-72 hours. However, the sooner you serve them, the fresher they are. Make sure to date your containers.
- I add oatmeal cereal to thicken up very thin purees. I often mix fruits with oatmeal cereal in the mornings for a delicious, nutritious breakfast.
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