Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Homemade Fresh Baby Food

So one of my best friends is pregnant with baby number 2! YAY! So while we were discussing how she will not be able to bend over to tend to her garden this fall i mentioned making homemade fresh baby food.. well how do you do that?
ITS EASY!

When my daughter was born I was already going green and wanting to be healthier but it was more then that i wanted to save money.. it didn't make since to spend $2 for a 2 pack of "baby food" which had more ingredients then that vegetable or fruit should.. so i went homemade and here is how!

Homemade Baby Food:
Simple and General:

Stage 1 Starter Foods (fruits and veggies)

Veggies:

~Wash well scrubbing with clean sponge if necessary
~Take a pan and boil just enough water to cover your chosen vegetable.
~While the water is boiling (DO NOT ADD SALT TO MAKE WATER BOIL) Peel and Chop into small pieces.
~Cook until tender (taste test after 5 minutes then every couple)
~Place tender veggie pieces into blender or food processor.
~Blend/process adding water until a thick creamy texture (yogurt consistency)
~Place into Tupperware and stick in fridge to use (good for about a week) OR fill a ice cube tray with the liquid and freeze into portion sized cubes for future use.. just defrost and warm when ready to serve!

Fruits:

Use this for peaches, apples, and other HARD fruits
~Wash well scrubbing with clean sponge if necessary
~Take a pan and boil just enough water to cover your chosen fruit
~While the water is boiling (DO NOT ADD SALT TO MAKE WATER BOIL) Peel and slice Fruit.
~Cook until tender (taste test after 3 minutes then every couple)
~Place tender fruit slices into blender or food processor.
~Blend/process adding water until a thick creamy texture (yogurt consistency)
~Place into Tupperware and stick in fridge to use (good for about a week) OR fill a ice cube tray with the baby food and freeze into portion sized cubes for future use.. just defrost and warm when ready to serve or for teething baby's give them the frozen fruit cube in one of those nifty netted baby servers (i think target had them) not only are they getting yummy nutrients but also helping their swollen gums! : )

For soft fruits (bananas, avocados, mango)

~ Wash fruit and Peel
~ Slice or cut into small sections
~ Mash adding water as desired until yogurt consistency
(if you do not have a masher or don't want to mash throw into blender or processor)

Not only are you feeding your child nothing but pure goodness you are giving your child all sorts of nutrients to keep them happy and healthy.


Note: Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

2 comments:

  1. Wow thanks girl! I will definitely try this with baby #2 :)

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  2. Its really easy and fast not to mention sooooo much better for baby : )

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