I’ve been having a lot of fun making baby food for Selene. She loves it too. She hasn’t minded jarred food when I have to give it to her, but she seems more enthusiastic about the homemade stuff.
If you’ve ever tasted jarred baby food then homemade, you’d know why.
It’s really easy to make baby food. You probably even own much of the equipment you absolutely need, although to avoid BPA and such you may choose to buy newer products.
I bake or steam most of her fruits and vegetables, so that’s just products I already use for regular cooking. Nothing special needed there. You can buy a special food steamer or get a stainless steel vegetable steamer insert for a pan if you don’t have anything along those lines yet.
Then you need a good blender. I like my VitaMix, and I understand the newer ones are BPA free for if that’s a concern. But if you don’t want to spend that kind of money, find something within your budget. But remember that a good blender also works for smoothies, which are fun for any age.
If you’re making baby food in any sort of quantity, you’ll need to freeze it next. Ice cube trays do the job, but you can buy baby food storage trays that may do a somewhat better job, as well as give you more choices as to what it’s made out of. You can buy ones without phthalates, BPA and PVC.
I also consider my crockpot to be a baby food maker. It’s a great way to make meat tender, which makes pureeing it much simpler. Also nice when you don’t want to be fussing with the exact time that everything is done cooking.
As baby gets older and doesn’t need pureed food, a food mill becomes a much better choice. I’ve had mine since my oldest was a baby, and it’s still in great condition. Just pop the food in and start cranking.
There’s one more piece of equipment that’s really nice to have if you can afford the space and time it takes… a garden! What better way to really know what goes into baby’s food. We can’t all have gardens, of course. But if you can, it’s a good way to make food for baby and the entire family.
With any luck, you have at least some of this on hand before you start wanting to make baby food.
Great article. Making homemade baby food really is easy and so good for your baby too!
Thanks for the post! My sister always asks me to look after my 1 year old nephew when she goes to work. I’ll try and make one of baby foods for him. 🙂 Thanks for the tips.
So glad to have stumbled upon this post. I’ll show my wife and she’ll get giddy over it. She is au naturale and this seems it could be a great money-saver. What about including such things as blended sprouts? They have so many vitamins and minerals.
I don’t really know how those go for baby food. Babies have food sensitivites, so there can be issues with foods that will be safe later on.