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.

To Thaw:

  • 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.
Vegetables and Fruits
  • Wash, peel, pit and/or seed and slice fresh or frozen vegetables or fruit.
  • Place vegetables or fruit in a small amount of boiling water. Cook until tender. Or use the microwave: place fruits or vegetables in a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of water and heat at a high setting until the fruits or vegetables are tender.
  • Remove from heat and drain
  • Keep the cooking water
  • Mash or blend using a small amount of cooking water.
  • You can blend or mash ripe, soft fruits like bananas, mangoes, avocados and canned fruit without cooking them.
Meat and fish
  • Place a piece of meat or fish in a saucepan with a small amount of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Continue to cook until meat separates easily from the bones or the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • You can also roast, bake, or braise meats and fish. Remove the bones and skin and trim off the fat. Cut meat or flake fish into small pieces.
  • Blend with cooking water or stock.
Meat Alternatives
  • Cook legumes, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, according to the package directions. Rinse canned beans well. Cook egg. Use plain tofu.
  • Blend with a little water or mash with a fork.


  • 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
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