Monday, October 20, 2008

Make your own baby food

One way to save some money on baby supplies is to make your own baby food. It is really easy!

1. purchase the fruits or veggies you want to use (Younger babies need their food more finely pureed single food. Older babies can have mixed foods such as a fruit and vegetable pureed together.)

2. wash (if you choose to use canned foods, you should still rinse)

3. peel

4. cook - boil, bake, or microwave until soft (very soft foods such as banana or pears do not need to be cooked).

5. mash - a blender or food processor works great, add a small amount of cooking liquid, water, or juice if necessary to make the right consistency

6. freeze in individual serving sizes - ice cube trays or small reusable containers (do not use the food out of one big container as each feeding introduces bacteria from the baby's mouth and the food will spoil more quickly)

Thaw in your fridge the night before you want to use it. I add these to commercially prepared baby cereals.

For Example: One first food I usually use is the sweet potato. I wash it and prick it several times with a fork. Then wrap it in a paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Turn. Then microwave another 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then slip off the skin and cut into big chunks and add to your blender with a little water. Process to desired consistency.

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