Learn what you need and how to make your own baby food.
What You Need:
- A food blender or
- Baby food mill (grinder) or
- Wire sieve and spoon
- Ice cube trays, freezer bags and labels (for freezing)
Before You Start:
- Wash your hands
- Use clean utensils, containers and cookware
- You do not need to add sugar, salt, margarine or butter
- Once you make baby food, serve it or store it right away
- Baby food can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer
- Store home-made baby food in tightly covered containers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Remove the portion to be served at each meal rather than feeding directly from the container. Any uneaten food remaining should be thrown out.
- Any food that has been heated should not be refrigerated for another meal-throw it out.
- Put the prepared puree into ice cube trays. Cover the ice cube tray container with plastic wrap and place in freezer for up to 3-6 hours, until frozen.
- Or, take the pureed food and put spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and freeze.
- Once the purees are frozen, store in plastic freezer bags, label and date.
- If stored in the fridge freezer, use the food within 2 months.
- If stored in the deep freezer, use the food within 6 months.
- Thaw frozen baby food in the refrigerator. Do not leave baby food on the counter to thaw. Warm baby food in a dish of hot water or double boiler.
- Do not re-freeze baby food that has been thawed. It will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
- Throw out left over food after baby is finished eating.
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- Saves money
- Helps your baby get used to different textures and tastes
- Lets your baby eat the same foods as family
- Gives you more control over the texture you offer your baby