This How to Make Your Own Baby Food tutorial stems from my years of diy’ing baby food for my own babies. It’s economical, easy, and full of good ol’ nutritional goodness. Yes you can buy store brand baby food (I get the convenience of it) but making your own vegetable and fruit purees is so easy. Here’s how to make your own baby food…
How to Make Your Own Baby Food
You will need:
- Steam and/or microwave
- vegetables or fruit
- Baby food containers (available on amazon)
First, clean and wash your baby food containers. Sterilize if necessary (check container directions).
Next, cook vegetables or fruit. Steaming cooked vegetables and/or fruit retains the most nutritional value. But if you are in a pinch…microwave. You can do one food at a time (i.e. carrots) or mix foods (i.e. carrots and peas) depending on how you are introducing foods to your child.
Baby Food Ideas
- sweet potatoes
- bananas (though don’t freeze bananas – this is a make and serve right away baby food)
Once cooked and cooled. Put the cooked veggies (or fruit) in a blender – add in 1 tbsp of boiled water. And puree.
Then, spoon into baby food containers and freeze and defrost as necessary.
BONUS: if you are buying in season veggies for you child…you will probably eat them yourself. Both kids and parents deserve the best nutrition.
Make your own baby food is freezable. Portable. Economical. And handy. No need to run to the store to get baby food when you already have an assortment in your freezer.
You can also make broths to add to rice and barley cereals. Freeze the broth as you would the vegetable and/or fruit purees.
Years, later — I still make my own applesauce for my kids’ school snacks using these same methods. And I bought some reusable baby food containers (which look like big kid hand-held smoothie packs) which work great for the applesauce (and they freeze so I can use them as freezer packs too).