Here I am, making homemade baby food for the fourth babe, and I am always amazed at how satisfying it is to be self-sufficient and how rewarding it is to feed my babe healthy, clean food.
This process can sound overwhelming, but it is so, so easy and I am here to show you just how easy it is to make your own gourmet baby food!
The very first step is to decide which foods you want to feed your babe. I usually stick with butternut squash, apples, pears, bananas, avocados and carrots. Those are pretty safe fruits/veggies to start your babe with. I start my kiddo on a food and feed him/her that same food for several days before beginning another food. The nice thing about homemade baby food is that it keeps for many months in the freezer, so there is no rush to feed all the food to your baby before it goes bad.
1. Step one, pick up some organic, fresh fruits and veggies at the supermarket. Let them ripen and then clean them so you can get started making your baby food!
2. Next, slice your fruits and veggies. Leave the skins on. If you need to thin out your baby food later, you can use the water from steaming the food to thin it. The skins have so many nutrients, so leave them on! Once they are sliced, steam them on your stove.
3. Once your food is steamed and soft, put it in a bowl to cool. You can slice and steam other foods while you wait for your hot food to cool. This will allow you to make several foods at once.
4. Once your food is cooled, peel the skins off. I do leave some skins on if they are thin skins, such as pears. They add nutrients and calories.
5. Next, you will put the food in a blender, food processor, or mini-chopper. Puree your food until it's a smooth consistency. If your babe is just starting food, make it pretty smooth. If you are making purees for older babes who are familiar with eating, chewing, gumming foods, you can keep a thicker/chunkier consistency.
6. The last thing you will do is put (cooled- it will be less likely to get freezer burn when it is cooled completely) the purees in ice cube trays. Put glad sticky wrap on top of the trays and place in the freezer. Allow to freeze all the way and then place in labeled, dated ziploc bags- place back in the freezer.
To use your baby food cubes, remove the desired number of cubes from the freezer and place in a bowl the night before you need them. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to thaw. By morning, the cubes will be ready for your sweet babe's breakfast!
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