Moms That Make Baby Food.

Updated on August 23, 2006
M. asks from Monroe, GA
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I was wondering the best way to make homeade baby food. Has anyone used and of the electric food grinders? I have tried a regular blender and a food processor and it doesn't seem to work.

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Thanks everyone for your great suggestions and support. I spent the entire weekend making food for my son and it was easy and fun. He seemed to like it just as well as Gerber. So again thank you!!!

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A.G.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi M.,

I have 2 year old twin girls and i have made most of their food , i used a hand held soup blender and just added the liquid from the veggies i cooked to make it the right consistency. I also started blending whatever we were having for dinner when the girls were about 9 months old. They are wonderful eaters and i do not need to make them any special food anymore, we all have dinner together and we all eat the same.
Good luck!
A.

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M.

answers from Birmingham on

I made the first few foods my son ate. I bought a steamer, and steamed the food first, and then blended them with formula or water. I didn't use any electronic mixer of sorts...just relied on the steamer to do the brunt of the work! After I mushed the food, I stuck the leftovers in an ice tray...each ice cube compartment is ~1oz of food.

I had intentions of making all of his food, but quickly found that it was easier with his daycare if I just bought the food pre-packaged.

Good luck with it!
(Here's one of my favorite food making sites: www.freshbaby.com)

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K.W.

answers from Macon on

I am a 32 year old mom of a 7 month old baby girl who is in daycare. I don't have any personal experience (at home) with the grinders, but her daycare uses them and then runs food through the blender after the grinder. She has just cut her first tooth and has already been eating meats at daycare that are prepared this way. All of the daycare ladies tell me that she absolutely loves the food and has no trouble eating any of it, even with no real teeth yet.

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S.W.

answers from Atlanta on

Hello. I make some types of baby food using a Vita-Mix blender. I steam sweet potatoes for about 6-7min, or until soft and just blend the heck out of it. I do the same w/butternut squash. Pretty much any veggie you are trying to use just steam it until it is soft and blast it on high. Add water as you are blending so its not too thin. Peaches and bananas I have found to be good w/out adding water. I hope this helps!

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S.

answers from Augusta on

Homemade baby food is the best! I used the Magic Bullet blender, it's easy and available at places like Khol's for about $60.
Several books to check out are "Feed Me, I'm Yours" by Vicki Lansky and "the Super Baby Food Book". They great ideas and the Super Book expalins how to introduce foods and etc......
Using Ice cube trays, I was able to make veggies and fruit for a week --- we do not have the space for much more. I used frozen veg and canned fruit in natural juices to cut the sugar. I chose not to mess with meats, De Monte at .33 cents/4oz was cheaper than making it.
Anyway, best of luck!

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J.

answers from Jackson on

I made all of my daughter's baby food for the first year or so. I found recipes online & just made them up as I went. I used a food processor for everything I did at my own home & used a blender once when I was visiting some family. I never had any trouble with either one. You just have to make sure that you cook the vegetables & fruit to the right consistency & not overcook or undercook. I steamed everything I made. Let it cool, put it through the processor & amended the consistency as needed with juice, breast milk, water, cereal or whatever. And then once completely cooled I transfered it all to ice cube trays. That way you have the perfect individual serving. It worked out really well for us. I hope it helps!

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J.

answers from Birmingham on

I made quite a bit of homemade baby food for my youngest daughter. Mostly just fruits and vegetables. For carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach, I just cooked them for a really long time until they were mushy and then mashed with a fork or put in a food processor. I tried to reserve as much of the water as I could since I know the boiling leeches out some of the important stuff. Once she got used to the textures, I gradually left it a little lumpier.

With fruits, I didn't do much of anything...just made sure to pick especially ripe fruit. Bananas I either froze and put in one of those mesh baby feeder things, or just mashed with a fork. She never had any problem with it being a little lumpy.

She also loved/loves watermelon, very very ripe melon, plums. I didn't do much prep work with those either...just mashed it up with a fork or cut it into razor thin pieces so there was no chance of choking.

I think that giving her regular food smushed up has made her into the little "foodie" that she is. Her older sister only eats about five things, but this one will be eating sushi for lunch at school while the rest of the kids are eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

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D.R.

answers from Nashville on

Just an fyi... there is a very good book called "First Meals" by Annabel Karmel which has some wonderful recipes for infants up to toddlers. All of the recipes give instruction on the best way to "puree" the foods. I've made some for my daughter and she's liked all that I made.

Good luck!
D.
Brentwood, TN

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N.J.

answers from Johnson City on

I made all of mine with my blender and adding water, juice or milk will help. I also used a mini food chopper whiched worked well as well.

Fav. Foods
Avocado and Banana
Sweet potatoes and carrots
mac n cheese (whole wheat cooked macaroni, shredded cheddar cheese, milk)

Hope this helps

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J.D.

answers from Huntsville on

Hi- I tried making homemade baby food for my son, and I had good success with a blender-he just didn't like it. You have to cook the food REALLY well. Pulsing the blender seemed to help, and you have to add water or low sodium chicken broth to thin it out.

I've never tried the food grinders, but we have an attachment to our Kitchenaid mixer we've used for other things. That would probably work well, though it's a mess to clean up.

My son only has 1 tooth and he would rather gum food cubes than eat the jarred baby food. I'm getting ready to box what I have left up to go to our church food pantry. I'm tired of trying to get him to eat it, plus it's taking up precious room in my pantry!

Good luck!

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M. .

answers from Augusta on

I use a mini food processor with the double bladed attachment. (Blades rest on bottom of canister and spin) Run it until the food is the consistancy of puree. Meats can be done the same way, until its so finely shredded it can be swallowed without chewing.

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S.J.

answers from Atlanta on

Have you added some liquid in the blender when trying to puree the food? A blender is the perfect tool for pureeing foods for baby.

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K.T.

answers from Knoxville on

I use the Braun Multiquick® Deluxe Hand Blender- its about 29 bucks at Bed Bath and Beyond and one can use one of thsoe 20% off coupons they keep sending out.
Here is the link to it http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&...
I always end up using only one of the attachments though - its really nice and all the removable parts are dishwasher safe

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L.C.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi M.,

I make a lot of baby food for my son who is almost 1. My sister got me a baby food processor that I use and it's great. She got it at Burlington Coat Factory's Baby Depot. I've seen them other places, too. Honestly, you can also use the Magic Bullet and it works really well! Get a good cookbook and you'll be fine. Good luck!

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H.

answers from Chattanooga on

I uesed to make my own food for my son who is now 2. I used a blender and it worked very well. First you have to cook or boil whatever it is you are making. Then to blend it, start by pouring a little water in the blender first and then add the food little by little, making sure that you put it by smaller chunks to make it easier on your blender. It won't blend well if you don't have enough liquid to blend with the food. I used ice cube trays and spooned the food into the trays and then covered them and froze them. When they were frozen I popped them out and put them in freezer bags and labeled them. It was very easy for whoever was caring for my son - I could say 2 cubes of carrots and 2 cubes of green beans for a serving and then we would microwave the frozen cubes at meal time. It sounds like a lot of work, but really it goes fast once you get into the groove. I felt that it was very worth my effort. As your baby gets older, you can puree the food less to make it more textured to help transition into more solid real food. I hope this helps - let me know if you need more info! Don't give up...

H.

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K.G.

answers from Washington DC on

M.
Good for you for wanting to make your son homemade baby food! That's a lot of work and takes a lot of dedication when you work full-time - I remember, even thought it's been a few years.
I would also recommend the Annabel Karmel book - it's great! And also Ruth Yaron's "Super Baby Food." Lots of good ideas not only for food but toys, cleaning products, etc. I still use both of them and my son is now 5 years.

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A.E.

answers from Memphis on

I've always steamed the fruits & veggies and used a blender and a lot of patience. A friend recommended the book "SuperBaby Food" about 6 years ago and I've been using the author's process every since. The author is a little extreme in her recommendations, but taken with a grain of salt, the advice is helpful.

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T.

answers from Atlanta on

I agree with the others, just add a little more liquids. If it is too watery after you defrost, then add cereal.

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E.B.

answers from New York on

hey M.-

i always used a food processor or a food mill. make sure the food is super soft & cooled to get a really smooth puree.

hope that helps!

E.

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L.

answers from Atlanta on

HI!
I made baby food for all 3 of my kids, just started for the 3rd and use our food processor for when they are young like yours. I add water to get it the right consistency. The book Super Baby food will give you everything you ever wanted to know about it and more. I don't do everything she did as far as vegetarian diet and supplements. But she has great info on how to prepare and store, etc.
If you have questions about specific food just let me know.
Take care.
L.

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L.

answers from Anniston on

Hi. I made food for my 3rd. All i did was cook it well done and i have a very small food processor that i would use. I blended it with water on occasion if it was too thick but otherwise just kept blending it until it was the right consistency. If i had it to do over again I think i would try that bullet blender. Not sure of the exact name but they sell at Wal-Mart for about $50 for a huge kit. You can also get them on eBay. Good luck.

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K.P.

answers from Nashville on

Hi M. - although it has been awhile for me, I used my Cuisinart for most of the work. I also used my Kitchenaid blender for some smaller jobs. You might find this website helpful...
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com....it goes through all the tools you can use and is very informative. HTH!! Good luck :)

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J.

answers from Chattanooga on

I am a mom of twin 3yr old boys and I made my own babyfood. I Used my Braun hand held chopper to puree the veggies. Then I freezed them in ice cube trays. At meal time I just got one cube and thawed it. It was so easy and saved money. I also found a way to save money when buying store bought babyfood. I skipped the first stages and went to the second stage single veggies. The only difference was there was more food and it was cheaper. Scoop out your serving into a bowl and put the rest in the fridge for the next meal.

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B.

answers from Atlanta on

I always used the food processor and just added a little water to make the consistency a little more runny. Good things to make: Apples, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots (all cooked). One tip...buy some of those plastic ice cube trays. Spray w/ Pam & put the food in them. Freeze. About 2 cubes is a good serving size for a 7-9 month old, and that way it doesn't go bad. Even babies get tired of the same thing every meal. Good luck!

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N.A.

answers from Memphis on

the only thing i can really tell you is to boil the food first. it softens the food and makes it easier to blend. then you just add what you think he'd like in it. i hope this works for you.

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