How to Make Homemade Baby Food
You don't need a lot of fancy equipment to make home-made baby food. With a little equipment, some fresh produce and the following guidelines, you can prepare nutritious food or snacks for your baby. Just see Step 1 to get started.
Preparing Home Baby Food
1. Choose fresh and quality production
The first step in producing delicious and nutritious food for your baby is to choose fresh and quality production.
- Buy organic ingredients, if possible, and make sure fruits and vegetables are ripe and free of defects. Try to cook all food in 2 or 3 days after purchase.
- Choose ingredients like apples, pears, peaches, and sweet potatoes to try first. Avoid foods that are stringy or difficult for babies to swallow, such as green peas or peas with skin, unless you put them in the filter after they are cooked and crushed.
The next step is to prepare food to be cooked or served - this includes cleaning the food and removing parts that the baby cannot chew or digest - such as skin, seeds, nuts, seeds, and fat.
Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Peel skinned foods and remove seeds. Cut vegetables into squares of the same size so that they cook perfectly. In terms of quantity, 2 lbs (900 g) of clean production and cut into cubes will produce about 2 cups (300 g) of home baby food.
You can prepare meat and poultry by washing it, removing the skin, and slicing fat before cooking. Grains such as quinoa and millet (millet) must be prepared according to instructions on the package.
3. Cook food by steaming, boiling, or baking
If you prepare ripe fruits - like pears or soft avocados - you just have to crush them with a fork and serve immediately. On the other hand, vegetables, meat and grains must be cooked first. You have several choices in cooking methods.
- Steaming is the best choice when cooking vegetables, because it retains most of the nutrients. Use a steaming basket, or simply put the filter on a pot with boiling water. Steam the production until smooth, usually 10 to 15 minutes.
- Boiling can be used to cook grains, vegetables and certain animal products. You can boil food in broth to taste, if you want.
- Grilling is a good choice for ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cruciferous vegetables, meat and poultry. You can add a little taste to this ingredient by adding herbs and mild seasoning when baking (don't be afraid to give flavor to your baby!)
This ensures that the ingredients are evenly mixed. Also remember that some foods will require additional liquid to produce the right consistency - this can be water, breast milk, formula or a little cooking water left (if the food is boiled).
5. Chill and destroy food
After the food is perfectly cooked, let it cool thoroughly. Make sure meat and poultry products don't have pink marks, because babies are more susceptible to food poisoning.
- Choose the processing method. Small babies need their food to be crushed into a soft texture before eating, where heavier babies can eat more lumpy food. The method you choose to process your baby's food will depend on your baby's age and your personal choices.
- Some parents choose to buy a fancy multipurpose baby food maker, which can cook, crush, remove ice and warm fruit, vegetables, and meat. This equipment is more expensive, but makes making your baby food very easy!
- Alternatively, you can use a regular kitchen blender, a pood processor or a hand-held blender to process food into soft pulp. This equipment is very fast and easy to use (and you don't need to buy other equipment) but may be very tiring to assemble, clean and disassemble if you make a small amount of food.
- You can also try using a hand-turned food mill or baby food grinder. Both of these equipment do not use electricity and are easy to carry. It works well and is not expensive, but is slower and requires more physical energy to operate. # * Finally, for very soft productions such as bananas, avocados, and roasted sweet potatoes, you can simply use an old-fashioned fork to break food into desired consistency.
After your home-cooked baby food is cooked, cooled and crushed, you can immediately provide a portion, then save the rest for later use. It's important to store your home-cooked baby food properly, so it doesn't get damaged or develop bacteria that will make your baby sick.
- Spoon baby food into a safe glass food container or plastic container with an airtight lid and place it in the refrigerator. Label the container with the date the food was made, so you can monitor freshness and discard food that has been stored for more than 3 days.
- Alternatively, you can scoop the fruit into a closed and frozen ice mold. After all the ice cubes have completely frozen, remove them from the mold and place them in a sealed plastic bag. Each cube of baby food ice will be enough for one serving, so remove the ice clots appropriately.
- You can get rid of frozen ice frozen baby food by placing it in the refrigerator overnight, or by placing a container or bag of food in a pan of warm water (not directly on the heat source) for about 20 minutes.
- Crushed fruits and vegetables can be stored for 6 to 8 months, where meat and poultry will remain fresh for a month or two.  # * Because making your own baby food can use up a lot of energy, a good strategy is to make a large amount of baby food in one day, then freeze it for later use.