Making your own baby food is great for so many reasons. It’s:
- Easier to test out ingredients/food combinations on your child, especially should they develop allergies
- A great way to introduce them to new flavors…and your own homemade cooking!
My technique uses just a pot and a blender. Roughly chopped fruit or veg. Low boil. So simple.
Homemade Baby Food
1) Choose fruits or vegetables
2) Wash, prep, peel as necessary. Roughly chop.
3) Consider water content of each item. For example, root vegetables like sweet potatoes or carrots will have less water content than, say, an apple or apricot.
4) In a pot or saucepan, place chopped fruits or vegetables and add filtered water. Fill water to about 1/4 of the way for foods with higher water content and 1/2 of the way for foods with less.
5) Bring to a low boil, until all items are fork tender. Even slightly mushy is ok.
6) Pour everything from the pot, water and all, into a blender and blend until no chunks remain. Add room temperature water if you find that not enough water was added while boiling.
7) Pour into individual ice cubes and pop out 1 at a time as needed.
Keeping baby food in ice cube trays is not only handy for portioning what your child needs but also for food combining. Today, 1 beet and 1 pea. Tomorrow, 1 apple and 1 spinach. It’s fun for both you and baby, and the best reward is that big smile with food all over it!