All parents want their children to be healthy and happy. One way to ensure that your child is receiving all the necessary nutrients to grow healthy while also avoiding preservatives that may be added to store bought food is by make your own baby food. You may think that making your own baby food will be costly, take too much time or require fancy equipment.
The cost of making your own baby food is about 20 cents per 1 ounce, while the cost to buy 1 ounce of baby food is more than double the cost! There is no special equipment required to make baby food. All you will need is a blender or masher, ice cube trays, a freezer, and storage bags or containers. The best part of making your own baby food is that you decide what your baby is eating so you won’t have to worry about added ingredients.
The ONIE Project has developed a guide for making baby food at home that is quick and easy.
1. Keep it Clean
- Wash fresh produce in warm, clear water.
- For items like sweet potatoes that have a tough skin, use a vegetable brush.
- Make each baby food by itself.
- Use clean knives, cutting boards, pans, etc. for each food.
- Cook and freeze baby foods separately; you can mix together at mealtime.
- Cook the food in plain or bottled water.
- Do not add salt or sugar (A baby has more sensitive taste than grown-ups and will like the plain food just as it is).
- When tender, put cooked food into a blender or mash to the right texture. Add some water or 100% apple juice if it needs to be thinner.
- Freeze the baby food overnight in an ice cube tray.
- Pop out frozen cubes; store in a new plastic freezer bag; label and date.
- Keep frozen; no quality loss for up to 3 months.
- Remove as much as needed. Each “cube” has about 1 ounce of baby food (2 tablespoons).
- Reheat and test temperature.
- Use only plain meats.
- If you are cooking a roast for the family, do not make baby food from it if you added salt, onion soup mix or mushroom soup to the pot.
- Check meats for doneness with a food thermometer. Be sure all meats are cooked to 165 degrees so that harmful germs are killed.
- Use a blender for young babies who need a smooth texture
- Cook fresh fruits in juice soon after peeling or cutting.
- Heat kills enzymes that cause browning.
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Posted on Wed, March 25, 2015
by Jo Lynne Jones