How to make Homemade Baby Food
Homemade baby food or buy a jar of baby food off the grocery store shelf?
When it came time to start thinking about my baby boy’s first foods those were the options. I decided I wanted to know exactly what was going in my little ones tummy. Homemade baby food wins! I looked up many different options of how to make and store my baby food. Now that he has been eating for 6 weeks, I feel like I’ve got enough experience and made enough mistakes to share my insight with you all.
First of all, I absolutely LOVE my baby bullet system!
With the baby bullet the whole process of making, freezing and serving the food so easy. Make it in the baby bullet blender and freeze it in the silicone freezer tray(which freezes the food in the shape of the baby bullet jars! amazing!). Then thawing it in the baby bullet jars the day before they are fed to my little babe makes the perfect ready to eat meal!
Anyway, back to making the baby food!
Fresh or frozen veggies was the first debate I had. Fresh is always better, in my opinion. For convenience frozen works better in some cases. I’ve done fresh veggies for everything except sweet peas. I cook everything at once and make what I’m going to make then refrigerate/freeze the rest for my next batch. I followed my baby bullet cookbook on what foods to feed at what stage(for the most part) as well as other research I did online.
Water or milk to puree the food with, that was the next thing to consider. The water you cook your fruits/veggies in contains nutrients that gets cook out of the food so adding that water back into your pure can be beneficial. Breast milk instead of water is what I choose to use. If you plan on freezing your baby food use fresh(never frozen) breast milk. You can always mix in formula if you don’t breastfeed. Using a minimal amount of water to boil/steam the food keeps from losing too much nutrients and having a lot of extra liquid in with my food. Especially foods like apples and zucchini that make a lot of liquid on their own.
Keep frozen everything except what your baby will eat in the next two-three days when making a decent amount of food at once. I use my baby bullet freezer tray to freeze my food then put it in zip lock bags. Servings are then taken out to thaw as needed. You can use ice cube trays or anything else to freeze your baby food. In my opinion it is easier to only have a few designated containers to refill with your baby food as needed. This will prevent you from having tons of containers stored in your freezer.
Okay, so here is my process!
The first month of single foods was a more simplified process so I’ll just go ahead and skip to the longer process I use now for combinations. There really isn’t much difference.
I go to the store and get all the fruits and veggies I am going to use at once so everything is fresh. I always use sweet potatoes because they are one of my babies favorites. Since they take the longest to cook they go in the oven first. The next to be peeled and cut up and go on the stove to steam are carrots, since they take a while to cook too. I try to cook everything in order of what takes the longest to what cooks the fastest. Once I have peeled and cut one thing and get it on the stove I start on the next. I begin on the things that I don’t have to cook, like bananas and avocado after everything else is cooking .
Once everything is ready I try to let it cool a little before blending it up. I haven’t really found that it makes a difference in the way it blends if you blend it hot. It is easier when you don’t have to worry about burning fingers on hot baby food. I’m not big on measuring exactly how much of each thing I put in my combinations. We are finding out what my baby likes so I try to disguise some foods he is not crazy about by adding more of one he loves. Once everything is in the baby bullet I add a little bit of breast milk. Starting small and adding more liquid as needed helps get a better consistency. Adding too much can make the food too liquidy which makes for a very messy feeding time.
Once I have my food made I begin filling my baby bullet freezer tray. I usually don’t have room for everything in my freezer tray if I am making a big batch. In this case, until I can bag what has already been frozen I put what’s left of the batch in the fridge. Then I will have room to freeze the next bit. I usually take out 6 servings at a time and fill all my baby bullet jars. Taking it out the night before allows the food to thaw. I do forget occasionally. His lunch is usually thawed by lunch after leaving it out on the counter that morning though.
And that’s how it’s done!
That’s about all for the easy-peasy way I make my baby food! I love watching my little man eat! We have just started on combinations. I’m excited to come up with some yummy recipes for little man to try! I appreciate any of your tips, as always! I love to hear how you make your littles ones meals too! Make sure you check out how out first month of baby food went too!