Tips For Making Your Own Baby Food

Making your own baby food is an inexpensive way to provide maximum nutrition for your child. Most people don’t realize how easy it is to do, too! I first got into making our own baby food after reading the Super Baby Food book and after comparing it to the cost, ingredients, waste, and unappealing nature of jarred baby food, I am hooked. 🙂

Items needed to make your own baby food:

  • Baby CubesTM 2 Oz. Baby Food Storage Contains no Phthalates, Bisphenol-A, PVCa blender
  • oven or steaming method
  • ice cube trays
  • something to store the food in like tin foil, freezer bags, or tupperware

Choosing your food:
Choose your food wisely. Things that freeze well are sweet potatoes, beans, broccoli, carrots, rice, pastas, applesauce, etc.. Things that don’t freeze well are white potatoes, bananas, and celery (plus more that I’m just not aware of, I’m sure). If you can afford it, buy organic and local! This will reduce your risk of allergens, food diseases, and exposure to chemicals.

Preparing the food:

  • Wash fruits and vegetabls.
  • Prepare the fruit, vegetable, grain, or meat as you would normally. Baking or steaming is preferred as these will preserve more nutrients than microwaving, boiling, or sauteing.
  • Don’t put any added fats, sugars, or dyes into the food. Keep things pure and natural!
  • Once food is soft, put some liquid (mama’s milk is best!) into the bottom of your blender and then add chunks of the soft food on top. Liquids to consider would be breast milk, formula, water, or diluted 100% fruit juice. Be sure to only use enough liquid to get the food to blend properly.
  • Poor or scoop the now pureed food into ice cube trays, and pop into the freezer with a sheet of wax paper sitting lightly on top to reduce any freezer burn.
  • Once things are frozen (around an hour or two, depending on the temperature of the food and freezer), pop the cubes out and put them in a sealed container (or wrapped in foil) for storage. Be sure to write the contents and date of the food on the package!

Eating the food

  • Ideally, take however many cubes your baby will eat out of the freezer and let them thaw in the fridge over night. Otherwise, thaw them in any method you choose.
  • Once it’s unthawed, mix fresh mama’s milk, formula, water, or diluted 100% fruit juice with the food until you achieve your desired consitency. Why not do this before freezing? Because then you’ll take up more freezer space (the cubes are denser when containing more food and less liquid), and you will also be able to adjust the food to the consistency your baby needs as time goes on (a 6-monther will need a smoother and thinner consistency than a 9-monther will).
  • Warm on stove, in oven, or microwave (least desireable). Be sure to stir well and test the temperature before feeding to your baby!
  • Note that most food stored properly in a deep freezer will keep for up to one year.

Thoughts on making your own baby food
LoveBug always enjoyed our “home made” food better than out of a jar–and I don’t blame her! It’s much tastier, is more pleasing aromatically and aesthetically, and fresh! Many people are turned off by the thought of making their own food because they think it’ll take a lot of time. Honestly, it really doesn’t. I cooked three large sweet potatoes in the oven (5 minutes for washing, poking holes, putting in the oven, and then taking them out later), mixed them all in the blender at the same time (another 5 minutes?), froze them, and stored them. This all took less physical time for me than a trip to the grocery store, and I didn’t have a zillion little glass jars to clean out when we were all done. 🙂 You’ll be surprised at how LONG three sweet potatoes will last for a baby!

The key is to make a lot at once. A few potatoes, a head of broccoli, or a pot of rice. A little goes a long way for babies, and even making food once a month will last for the entire month. If you don’t have enough ice cube trays (which you probably don’t), just store the food in the fridge as you get through freezing everything. The effort put into this should be less than it takes to go to the store, and the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that you’re providing better and cheaper food for your baby can’t be beat!

Upcoming this week: reviews of SAFE eating products for babies and toddlers!
We’ll visit companies like Zak!, bambu KIDS, and more

4 thoughts on “Tips For Making Your Own Baby Food

  1. I love this! I am planning on making my own baby food and this info is great! I didnt even think to add breast milk to make it more smoother! Thanks! – Candace Cunningham

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  2. I loved making baby food. I was able to learn so much about nutrition that is helping feed my toddler nutritious food now.

    I found using the magic bullet was PERFECT for making baby food because I could make many different varieties at one time and all I needed to do was wash the blade in between pureeing. It's a great investment for anyone planning on making baby food, and far less expensive than those specialty baby food makers that you will only get limited use out of.

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  3. Lots of great info here. This comes at the perfect time for me. I can't wait to try it, I just have to save up some breast milk for a few weeks so I can have enough to puree the foods. Thanks so much for this info. Crystal

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