Avocados, Blueberries, and Peaches, Oh My! 11 Homemade Baby Food Recipes
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Hey y’all! Welcome to my first recipe post! I’m going to try to make my introduction short and sweet-just like these homemade baby food recipes!
Okay, so here it goes: I knew I wanted to make H’s food versus buying it early on. One reason was because it would be healthier, and another reason was because it would be WAY less expensive.
I began researching making homemade baby food and there are you few things you should know before getting started.
- Many DIY baby food recipes (including these ones) require you to have freezing trays or specialized ice cube trays (regular ice cube trays older than a few years can contain BPA and other harmful ingredients). I have tried a few different ones from Amazon, and these are by far my favorite. I love them because each cube is about an ounce which is perfect for babies just starting solids. It is also SO EASY to get these cubes out (twist the tray), the trays are stackable, and they extremely reasonably priced. *If you feel comfortable using your current ice cube tray make sure it is thoroughly cleaned, and be sure to cover it with plastic wrap before placing it in the freezer!
- You will also need a food processor or “baby food maker.” From my experience, you DON’T need anything fancy-schmancy (unless, of course, you’re looking for an excuse to buy something new!). I use this simple food processor (from Amazon) that we received as a gift years ago-you truly cannot beat it for less than 15 bucks!
- When cubes are frozen they should be transferred to labeled freezer bags.
- When baby is ready to eat the frozen cubes, I have found the easiest way is to put the desired number of cubes in a microwave safe bowl and defrost until thawed. I then heat it for a few seconds and check to make sure it isn’t too hot. *Microwaves are known to have hot spots-meaning that some of the food is cold, while other parts are extremely hot. Be cautious when microwaving baby’s food!
- Some recipes require water, breastmilk or formula to be added. I always use water because my breastmilk is LIQUID GOLD. If you don’t feel comfortable using water-please research proper breastmilk/formula heating and storage recommendations. Heating and storing procedures will differ!
Please note that many of my recipes do not include total times or amounts, mainly because it depends on the sizes of your fruits and veggies and the trays you are using (trays can range from less than an ounce to 2.5 ounces). I recommend making small batches at first anyway, to ensure your baby likes the purees.
Please feel free to drop a comment or question!
Whew-now that that’s out of the way grab your food processor, and coffee (wine)-and let’s get makin’!