Welcome to this week’s How-To Tuesday post.
If you stop to think about it, baby food is really just regular food mushed up really, really well. Yet it doesn’t even occur to so many of us to make our own.
It’s not even very time consuming. BC fans tell me they spend only 30 minutes to two hours per week making their tots’ food.
Other advantages to making your own food:
- Save money.
- Get baby used to eating what you eat.
- Know exactly what your baby’s eating.
- Less packaging and waste.
Interested? Read on to find out what you need and where you can go for more info and recipes.
You can spend a lot on fancy food makers or food mills, but there’s no need. If you have the following, you’re ready to get started.
- Blender, food processor or food mill
- Ice cube trays
- Glass containers or BPA free plastic containers or bags
There’s really not much to it. As BC reader Lori noted on the Facebook page, “I don’t understand all the hype on making baby foods. We always just mashed whatever we were eating with a fork and fed her.”
- Wash and chop food.
- Cook it until soft.
- Mash it or puree it according to your baby’s needs (adding a little water if needed).
- Strain it to remove peels, chunks, seeds, etc. if necessary.
- Pour it into ice cube trays, cover and freeze for later use.
- Store frozen cubes in labeled and dated glass or bpa-free containers or bags in the freezer(each cube is about an ounce).
- Thaw, reheat and eat.
Find out more at these fab websites
- WholesomeBabyFood.com: Recipes for baby by age, menus, and more
- Weelicious.com: Videos, recipes and more.
- Cheat Sheet: BPA Free Baby Food, Baby Food Creation, and Storage Tools at SafeMama.com. A quick guide to finding BPA free equipment and storage containers.
The websites above have tons of (free) recipes, but if you still like browsing through cookbooks, here are some of the newest, most popular baby food books out there. Your local library should carry some of them.
- Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby by Annabel Karmel
- The Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Lizzie Vann
- Blender Baby Food: Over 125 Recipes for Healthy Homemade Meals by Nicole Young
- Parenting: Love in Spoonfuls by the editors of Parenting magazine
- Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months by Lisa Barnes
Do you make your own food? If so, what are your best tips?