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 bananas.
If you would like to prepare your own baby food, follow these basic steps.
Fruits and Vegetables
A few suggested fruits and veggies to begin with:
As baby gets older, you can also puree dishes that you fix for the rest of the family such as:
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 bacteria forming.
For even more homemade baby food recipes, try these books:
Dawn Lloyd is the owner/editor of babyuniversity.com. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their three young children.
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