Homemade Baby Food - How to make baby food recipe
by Dawn Lloyd
Making your own baby food gives you the distinct advantage of
controlling what goes into your baby’s sensitive tummy. You determine
how much, if any, sugar and spices your baby gets. Even when found on
sale for as low as 50 cents per jar, producing your own is a
much less expensive alternative to ready made. Making baby
food is actually very simple with a few simple tools: a blender, food
processor, baby food grinder or
similar machine, a steamer or boiling pot, ice
cube trays, and a few minutes of your time.
As with jarred baby food, begin slowly, introducing only one new fruit
or vegetable per week. Be sure to watch for any signs of an allergic reaction.
Start with the least acidic of the fruits, such as apples, pears, and
If you would like to prepare your own baby food, follow these basic
Fruits and Vegetables
- Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove any chemical
- Steam or boil your baby’s favorite fresh or frozen fruits and
vegetables until mushy. Use fresh fruits and veggies for the most
nutritional value, frozen next, and canned as a last option. If you
use canned veggies, be sure to use the "No Salt" versions.
Use little or no spice.
- Puree the fruits or vegetables very well for smaller infants (use
water to thin out), or
leave a bit coarser for older ones. For variety, mix two fruits
together. If these are the first foods you are feeding your infant,
you may even want to strain the pureed fruit. You can purchase an
inexpensive baby food maker
that does this for you.
- Spoon into ice-cube trays and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze.
- Once frozen, remove from trays and store in plastic freezer bags.
- At meal time, simply take out a few cubes of food and allow to thaw
to room temperature or defrost in the microwave for a few seconds.
- You can make weeks worth of meals at a time!
A few suggested fruits and veggies to begin with:
(mash with water, formula, or breast milk)
Homemade Baby Food - How to make baby food desserts/treats
- Make your own Ambrosia by mixing a few fruits together, such as
strawberries and bananas. Be creative! However, only use fruits
which baby has already tried and shown no allergic reaction
- For older babies, mix plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt with their
- Freeze baby’s favorite juice in ice cube trays. Mush up and let
baby eat with a spoon for a frozen treat! This one is great for
those terrible teething days.
Homemade Baby Food - How to make baby food meals
As baby gets older, you can also puree dishes that you fix for the
rest of the family such as:
- macaroni and cheese
- well cooked chicken and
Freeze in ice cube trays similar to the
fruits and vegetables.
**Be sure when thawing meat dishes that you allow them to thaw in the
refrigerator or defrost in the microwave to prevent the risk of E-coli
For even more homemade baby food recipes, try these books:
The Healthy Baby Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel
Baby Let's Eat! by Rena Coyle
The Baby Cookbook by Karin
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Dawn Lloyd is the owner/editor of
BabyUniversity.com and MyBabyShops.com.
She and her husband live in North Carolina with their two children,
Jessica, 4 years and Cody, 7 months.