Making Homemade Baby Food
Whether you’re concerned about preservatives in your child’s food or simply looking for a way to save some money, making your own baby food is an option to consider. Microwaves, food processors, and other time saving devices have taken much of the work out of making homemade baby food.
If you're normally pressed for time during the week, consider making large batches of homemade baby food on the weekends. Your baby's food can be frozen in ice cube trays and used as needed. It takes about an hour per week to make enough food to feed your baby.
When you’re making homemade baby food, you don’t need to worry about following a complicated recipe or being a whiz in the kitchen. You can find many baby food recipes available online at sites like Wholesome Homemade Baby Food or Homemade Baby Food Recipes, but you can also simply make homemade versions of your child's favorite commercially prepared baby foods. Unlike the meals you're accustomed to eating, most baby food blends only have a few ingredients. For example, many babies enjoy eating mashed bananas mixed with applesauce or pears.
As with your own meals, how you prepare your baby's food can affect its nutritional value. Tomatoes and other acidic foods shouldn't be prepared in aluminum since the acid can cause small quantities of aluminum to dissolve and be absorbed into the food. Cooking in copper pots may destroy Vitamin C. Potatoes should be cooked in their skins to preserve all of their vitamins.
When preparing your child's meals, you do not need to add any additional salt, sugar, or other seasonings. While your baby's food may seem bland to you, it's just right for him. He won't miss these added ingredients since he hasn't had a chance to become accustomed to them.
Until your baby has enough teeth for chewing, any food you prepare should be finely pureed and strained or sieved. Bananas can be mashed and thinned with liquid. Carrots can be microwaved with just a small amount of water and squeezed through a potato press or pureed with a food processor. This step may seem like an inconvenience, but it's an important safety precaution.
Many parents who make their own baby food purchase organic fruits and vegetables for the project. It's true that there are many benefits to an organic diet, but you don't need to feel guilty if you can't afford this extra expense. Homemade baby food is still nutritious even if it's not made from entirely organic ingredients.