L.H. asks from Denver, CO on November 15, 2008
Re: Making My Own Puree Baby Food
does anyone have any ideas and/or tips for making our own pureed foods for our 7 month old daughter? suggestions greatly appreciated, thanks.
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E.S. answers from Provo on November 16, 2008
J.L. answers from Denver on November 16, 2008
Reference the Super Baby Food book by Ruth Yaron. I used it to make baby food for my two boys and the steps are simple. The recipes in the back of the book are really beneficial for feeding toddlers too. It's my favorite baby food book!
S.L. answers from Salt Lake City on November 18, 2008
Jessica Seinfield just came out with a cook book called deceptively delicious. It is how she purees food and then hides it in her kids food. She started out by making baby food for the baby and would just throw some in what she was making for the family. You can just use her pureed food recipies.
K.O. answers from Fort Collins on November 16, 2008
I would just try several different combinations of food. My daughters loved steamed sweet potatoes as a favorite. I would just prepare a large amount of several healthy foods ahead of time and than I would put them in ice cube trays to freeze them. You may want to put the trays in a freezer bag as well to protect it more. Than it is very easy to take out a couple cubes at a time, thaw them and heat it up. It worked great for us. To prepare it, I just used a food processor. There is also wonderful little hand held babyfood grinders where you can even take it with you to restaurants, grind up a little bit of a food your baby likes and feed them there. It's an easy and healthy way to go!
E.S. answers from Provo on November 16, 2008
I just buy unsalted and no-sugar-added canned fruits and veggies, sometimes add a little water, blend them in my blender, and freeze it in ice cube trays. It's quick, easy, cheap,... works for me. I don't see the need for a food processor - my blender works just as well.
S.L. answers from Boise on November 15, 2008
I made most of my boys' baby food. Basically, you cook fruits or veggies and then my favorite tool was my hand-blender. We did bananas (although my second son didn't like cooked bananas--I had to mash a fresh banana with a fork every time I fed him one), frozen peas (canned peas are awful!), banana squash, mashed potatoes, carrots, broccoli, etc. I utilized the ease of frozen berries and veggies. Berries or any fruit that ended up too tangy was stirred into regular unsweetened applesauce.
My boys really liked oatmeal infant cereal mixed with peaches and a little cinnamon, or bananas and cinnamon for dessert or breakfast.
My favorite thing was to boil some veggies in the rice cooker, and steam even more in the steamer basket at the top of the rice cooker. I don't have that one anymore, but if you do, it cooks a lot at a time. When you're boiling food, keep an eye on the water. Try to have just a little cooking water in the bottom when the food is tender. You usually need to add some water to puree food, and lots of vitamins are in that cooking water.
Depending on how much food your daughter eats at a sitting, you'll have to decide how to store the food. I saved baby food jars from when I had to buy some and put the puree in there, then into the freezer. I also bought small plastic containers and used them that way. At first, I tried spooning it into ice cube trays, then thawing as many as my boys would eat, but I realized I was thawing 9 cubes of food and realized I didn't need to freeze them that small. I would also forget to pop them out of the trays sometimes and ended up with freezer burned baby food. 3 cubes is about 1 jar of baby food.
Sorry, I'm really tired, so hopefully that made sense!
D.F. answers from Pueblo on November 16, 2008
Definitely the Super Baby Food Book, and I also used the website wholesomebabyfood.com. I only used my blender to puree and it worked fine.
It was a fantastic experience for me and something I am thrilled to have done for my baby. Have a great time!
J.B. answers from Denver on November 17, 2008
Stick whatever you are eating in a blender!
K.Y. answers from Cheyenne on November 16, 2008
Well, this worked great for my twins and our family..
We cooked dinner at home pretty much every night, but whatever we cooked for dinner went into the blender..
Add a little water- more if they are younger- less as they get older- and feed them what you eat.
Then for veggies, just steam fresh veggies and blend them up- carrots can be tricky- I would boil those to get them soft enough- other wise they can take an hour to steam to soft.
Fruits- good advice above- I usually just mashed up bananas and used organic baby food jars for them til they got older.
Peaches are always a favorite for babies too!
K.N. answers from Salt Lake City on November 16, 2008
I used to make my own when my girls were small. I would buy canned fruit or veggies..and rinse them very well. Then blend them up and put them into ice cube trays and freeze them. For each meal I would just take out a few cubes....chicken, beans,...ect. Thaw them and that was dinner.
Hope this helps.