The safest food for your kid is the one prepared at home. Mothers should have the basics on how to prepare homemade toddler’s food. And, if you needed a little info on how to puree or store your homemade food, here are a few tips you may find helpful.
Pureeing and Storing Baby Food – a quick introduction
Preparing homemade baby food puree is not only fun, it’s also very simple. You will be surprised to see that it really will take less time to puree baby food than you imagined. Pureeing homemade baby food is very simple. Cook the food, let it cool a bit, toss it into a blender or food processor and puree away. You can also use a stick mixer or an immersion blender. Puree and blend your baby’s food as your creativity and your baby’s age allows. Don’t be afraid to puree sweet potatoes together with apples for example. And don’t be afraid to use breast milk and/or formula. These 2 ingredients will give a nutrition boost as well as offer baby a familiar taste!
Weaning the baby can be fun and easy if you plan well. The first step is to consult and find good, useful information about baby’s nutrition and best ways to feed them. Toddlers require plenty of healthy foods, well balanced with all essential nutrients and also properly prepared for their delicate digestive systems. You will need a wide variety of food items including veggies, proteins, vitamins and essential vitamins. Ensure the food is not too hot nor too cold but at just the right temperature. Babies are fussy eaters so be patient with your toddler and urge them to eat. All baby’s utensils need to be clean and should be specifically used to prepare the food. They should be separate from the rest of the rest of the family member’s use (for obvious reasons). Sometimes following a pre-set menu may be necessary. At other times, you may need to experiment with different food types. Use of a little breast milk, for instance, might be absolutely best.
How To Make A Baby Food Purée
The good news is that the recipe for this is quite easy to pull off. There is no need for worry and expensive gadgets in your kitchen. They actually save up on money as well as the time you would spend going to the store. There are endless benefits of making baby’s puree yourself.
Step 1: Start by cooking the vegetable/fruit either by steaming, baking, microwaving or boiling.
Steaming maintains the most nutrients. Steaming, baking and boiling all allow for big batches of foods to be made at one time. We steamed the sweet potato in the example below- yum!
Microwave if you have a small appliance or for when you plan to puree only a full ice tray of food. It is best to microwave in glass. Many parents prefer to not use a microwave (ourselves included); we suggest that you steam or bake as the preferred cooking method. Read all about the various Cooking Methods and Baby Food
Step 2: Take the cooked vegetable or fruit and remove them into the machine you have decided to use for pureeing.
Step 3: Set aside the liquid that the vegetable/fruits were cooked in. This will be the liquid you add to make the puree. Adding this liquid also helps to preserve any nutrients that may have leached into the water during cooking.
(Do not use reserved water from carrots or other high nitrate veggies for a baby under 7 months old. Read more about Nitrates ) You may also thin with Formula, Breast Milk or Plain Water.
Step 4: Set your machine to puree or grind and begin to mash the vegetables or fruits.
Step 5: As you are pureeing or blending, add the liquid or plain water. You may use formula or breast milk if you so desire. These liquids give a little nutritional boost and add a familiar taste for baby.
These steps are completely easy and even the least talented cook can follow them. It is really hard to mess this up. There is of course lee way to experiment with other ingredients. They are not cast in stone so you should feel free to try out some other ingredients.
Fun tips to make better puree
Thinning is a major concern when making puree for a lot of us. Some wonder if it is in order to thin before or after making the puree. The simple answer to this is that either is perfectly fine. Some purees are better thinned with the cooking fluid while others such as carrots should not. Those that can be thinned with the cooking water regain some of the nutrients that they may have lost when boiling. Other fluid will suffice for thinning as well.
Formula and/or breast milk are great for thinning out purees as they not only add nutrients, they add the familiar taste that your baby is accustomed to. It really is an individual choice and is dependent on what you will be using as your liquid (previously frozen breast milk for example should never be re-frozen.). Many parents find it easier to thin their purees first and then freeze. When baby moves on to more texture, it may be easier to simply freeze the purees and then thin upon thawing if needed. Read more about using Formula and/or Breast Milk to thin puree.
Ensure that baby eats their puree within the recommended time frame which is between 48 and 72 hours. This prevents growth of bacteria in the puree. It also prevents the puree from acquiring the taste of the fridge. It should of course taste as natural as possible because contrary to popular belief kids do have tastes and they won’t eat just anything that you shove into their mouth. Being easy and cheep to make, purees are a good alternative to commercially produced baby foods that add no value to your toddler’s life.