How To Make Homemade Baby Food

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh fruits or vegetables (e.g., avocado, banana, sweet potato, peas, apples)
  • Water, breast milk, or formula (as needed)

Utensils

  • Steamer or pot
  • Blender or food processor (optional, for smoother purees)
  • Freezer tray (optional, for storing)
  • Spoon
  • Ice cube tray (optional, for storing)

Instructions

Wash and Prep: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Wash and scrub the fruits or vegetables. Peel them if necessary and remove any pits or seeds.

Cooking: Here are two options for cooking:

  • Steaming: Steaming is a gentle way to cook that preserves nutrients. Place the fruits or vegetables in a steamer basket and steam them over simmering water until very tender. This can take 10-15 minutes depending on the chosen produce.
  • Boiling: Fill a pot with a little water (just enough to cover the bottom) and bring it to a boil. Add the fruits or vegetables and cook until very tender. This might take slightly less time than steaming, but be mindful not to overcook.

Pureeing: If you want a completely smooth puree, transfer the cooked fruits or vegetables to a blender or food processor. Add a little water, breast milk, or formula (about 1 tablespoon at a time) to achieve the desired consistency. You can also mash the cooked fruits or vegetables with a fork or potato masher for a chunkier consistency, suitable for older babies.

Serving: For immediate serving, spoon the puree onto a clean spoon and offer it to your baby.

Storing: If you’re making a larger batch, you can store leftover puree. Here are two options:

  • Refrigerator: Store leftover puree in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: For longer storage, freeze the puree in an ice cube tray or freezer-safe container. Frozen puree will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen puree in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Tips

Start with single-ingredient purees to introduce new flavors one at a time and monitor for allergies.

As your baby gets older, you can experiment with mixing purees from different fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Always taste the puree yourself before feeding it to your baby to ensure it’s not too tart or bland.

Throw away any uneaten leftover puree after feeding your baby.

Remember, following safe food handling practices is crucial when preparing food for babies. Make sure everything is clean and fresh, and avoid using processed ingredients or added sugar and salt.

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