I always knew I wanted to make my own baby food. For one, if you go to the store and look at all the jars of baby food, each is about 88 cents (in Canada) which can start to add up quickly, especially when your baby starts to eat more, not to mention the preservatives in them. They are also made in factories where you have no control over the environment and outside bacteria. Not to mention the possibility of allergens coming into contact with the ingredients.
I’m sure that those factories are heavily monitored, and absolutely nothing against anyone that uses the store bought baby food, it doesn’t always make sense to make your own baby food. You have to do what works best for your family, I just live quite far from the grocery store so its better for me to have something I can make from home instead of running the hour to town all the time.
There is most definitely a way to make anything without being messy, but that’s just not who I am as a human being, so I compensate by continuously cleaning whenever I make… anything.
You don’t need anything fancy to make baby food, as much as the baby bullet looks adorable, you don’t need it. You also don’t need a million baby jars or a fancy blender, trust me. If my old, half broken blender can do it, then your all set. When I first started looking into making my own baby food I was a little overwhelmed with all the gadgets people seemed to have to make it, I don’t have room in my kitchen for that and I also didn’t want to spend so much money when in all reality I’d be using it less then a year. It just didn’t make any sense to me at all.
I started EJ on solids much earlier then I initially wanted to, because nothing I was doing was helping his poops, which were so hard they were extremely painful for him. Starting with rice cereal and some baby prune juice cleared up the problem within hours which was amazing, so I decided to start with the simple things, carrots, peas, sweet potato, apple. I have a schedule of more that I want to get ready for him, but this is what I started with. I made it all in one night and it took about two hours, but most of that time was waiting for everything to boil.
To blend everything, almost anything will work, since the food gets so soft, just make sure you add a bit of water to help make it a bit more smooth and easy to bring together. I cleaned out all of my ice cube trays, and I use those to put the purees in to freeze, then transfer them to a Ziploc baggie. It means that the food is already proportioned so that I can just pop it out of the bag for each meal, it’s also fairly mess free and saves a lot of freezer space. Plus have premade food in the freezer means I don’t have to feel obligated to make something for him every day, I can just pop it out. Grabbing random cubes from different bags makes it easier to make different combinations and flavor profiles for your little one to try out.
Honestly that is about all you need to know, beyond making sure you peel anything your going to puree, and of course, always following your doctors recommendations. Making baby food at home, is so much simpler then a lot of people make it out to be. In your freezer, the food can last for about 3-4 months, so you can make a big stock pile and not have to worry about it again for awhile. Simple and easy.
Plus, as your little one progresses, you can easily start blending things less and less to transition them slowly to more solid foods by leaving chunks. The way I travel with this is by sticking some frozen cubes in a baby bowl with the lid on, then just throwing them in my diaper bag, they slowly defrost so by the time I need them they are usually a good temperature. You can pick up a set of baby bowls with lids from walmart for $10.