How can I make my own baby food?
Real Mom Problem
“How do you make your own baby food? Do I add anything other than the main ingredients? Will my blender do the job? I've never made homemade baby food before, but I'd like to save money.”
- 1. Steam fruits and vegetables to soften them before pureeing them
- 2. You don't need a special baby food device -- a blender or a food processor will work
- 3. You can try mashing soft foods, such as sweet potatoes, bananas, or avocados
- 4. Store extra food in ice cube trays in the freezer
Real Mom Solutions
Is your baby ready for solids? Give her a great start by making your own baby food. Let the moms of CafeMom show you how easy it is.
Learn the Basics
I've been making baby food for about 11 years now, both for my own babies and for daycare babies. I cook and puree an assortment of fruits and veggies with my food processor and then freeze them in ice cube trays and put the cubes in individually labeled freezer bags. As babies get older, I make different mixtures, add beans or shredded meats, or add cooked short grain rice, quinoa, couscous, etc. to expand their palates and add more texture.
You should cook all your fruits and veggies before pureeing except for avocados and bananas. Steaming is the most nutritious way to cook them. You can buy fresh fruit and veggies or frozen (never canned). Frozen can be used but make sure there isn't anything added such as salt or sugar. Blenders work just as well as other baby food devices. You can use the run off juices from steaming to thin purees (except for carrots) or water. I freeze it in ice cube trays, then put it in resealable bags. Or you can get small containers to store it in the freezer. It's a lot easier than you would think and so good for baby!
I use the food processor that we got as an engagement gift. Make the food once a week, and then freeze it in ice cube trays. Then you can put the cubes in resealable bags or containers with labels. Once you're ready to feed the baby, just put the cube (or cubes) in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Super easy and such a time saver during the week!
Try These Easy Recipes
Steam some peas & puree them. Add some of the liquid from steaming to make thinner. Chop up apples and boil until soft. Puree. Add water from boiling to thin. Steam green beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, pretty much any veggie. Or mash up bananas, avocados or other soft fruits fresh.
Bake sweet potato with apples. Then blend it with a little water. It's very good. I would even add milk and eat it myself. I would pretty much blend whatever we ate and feed it to him. But he loved his sweet potato and apple puree!
Pop a sweet potato in the microwave and push the potato button on the microwave. Scoop a little out, fork mash, put in front of baby, and you are done. If your baby can't feed himself, he probably isn't ready for solids. Put the rest of the sweet potato in a container or bag in the back of the fridge.