We talked yesterday about some of the most popular organic baby food brands on the market right now. And while their offerings are healthy and nutritious, you might want more control over what your child eats. Scouring over nutrition labels requires vigilience and if your baby has food sensitivities, intolerances, or allergies, paying attention is even more important. So instead of spending all of your time at the supermarket, you might just opt to make your own baby food. And from us to you, it’s not that hard.
Here are some common supplies needed for making baby food. You might not need them all. It will just depend on what fruit or vegetable you wish to prepare.
- Immersion blender
- Large bowl
- Vegetable peeler
- Fruits and vegetables
- Depending on the type of fruits or vegetables you’re using you may need to peel them first.
- Chop the produce into small chunks then place in a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water. Allow to steam until soft. If fruit, you can skip this step and place the chunks directly into a bowl.
- Add a bit of water and use the immersion blender to puree the mix. Add more water as needed to create the desired consistency. Remember: smaller babies just starting out with solid foods will need a thinner, soupier consistency at first.
- Feel free to mix different types of fruits and veggies together to create interesting new flavors.
- Serve immediately and/or store the unused portion in an ice cube tray. Each cube can be thawed at feeding time and equals a serving.
Note: When babies are first starting out with solids, it’s important to introduce foods one at a time. Wait three days before introducing a new food. Continue this pattern, adding one food at a time, to make it easier to identify sensitivities or allergies.