Homemade Baby Food
Start with single pureed fruits and vegetables
Buy Frozen, then thaw, then blend with a little liquid (formula, water or breast milk)
Buy Fresh, Steam or Boil, then Blend with a little liquid
Peaches (peel first)
* Sometimes can be runny so mix in cereal when serving to baby
* Wouldn’t recommend Citrus, Grapes or Melons
Frozen bagged veggies-
peas, carrots, green beans
*I have found my kids don’t like broccoli or corn and it doesn’t puree or digest well at first
Applesauce (natural, unsweetened)
* Note if you buy canned fruit make sure it is canned in it’s own juice, not in syrup.
Strawberry and Banana
Strawberry and Peach
Banana and Applesauce
Strawberry and Applesauce
*Fruits are easy to mix and most fruits go well together
Peas and Carrots
Bag of Mixed Veggies
Squash and Sweet Potatoes
Some Examples to chop in blender
- Whole Wheat Spaghetti and some Sauce
- Broccoli and Chicken and Brown Rice
Puree: Fruits: Many of these need to be peeled first. For things like peaches and nectarines the easiest way to get the skin off is to blanch them (dip them in boiling water for 20 sec, then cold water) then peel the skin right off. Then you cut it into chunks, add a few tablespoons of water and puree as usual. Storing:
Frozen Veggies: Microwave or cook on stove until no longer frozen with a few tablespoons of water (doesn’t need to be hot). When veggies are cool put them in the blender until pureed
Fresh vegetables: Cut up the vegetable into 1 inch cubes then in a small pan boil an inch or two of water. Turn stove down to a 3 or 4, then add in your vegetables and steam then. Put the lid on, but do stir every minute or so. After about 5 minutes it should be soft enough to mush with a fork. Dump water and vegetable into blender and puree.
Fruits: Many of these need to be peeled first. For things like peaches and nectarines the easiest way to get the skin off is to blanch them (dip them in boiling water for 20 sec, then cold water) then peel the skin right off. Then you cut it into chunks, add a few tablespoons of water and puree as usual.
Once your puree is made you are ready to freeze it for later use. I like to use an ice cube tray that has a slide on lid. Pour your puree into the ice cube trays and freeze until hard (4-6 hours?). When your puree is frozen you dump your ice cubes into a ziplock bag. Use a separate bag for each kind and be sure to write the flavor on the outside and the date. These can be frozen for 3 months or so.
When ready to use the puree- you just pull out the bag that has the flavor you want out of the freezer. Remove about 2 ice cubes (depends on how hungry your baby is). Then put them in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, until it is thawed. If your puree is too runny then add some rice cereal and it will thicken right up.
Baby teething sticks: