I find it funny when people ask me if I feed my baby “baby food.” What they really mean is if I buy the commercial stuff at the grocery store. So instead of a yes or no answer, I simply say that I make my own. I don’t dedicate a whole day making a freezer full of it either. I spend about 10 to 15 minutes active time on it every 3 to 7 days (depending on variety). For the price of about two jars (2.5 oz each) of commercial baby food, I can have three 4 oz jars of organic carrot purees.
I’ve been making baby food since my 2yo started solids. Now that my youngest is eating solids, I’m back on the baby food making wagon. You don’t need to invest in any of the fancy baby food making gadgets that will only get usage for about 6 months. You can make baby food easily with equipment that you already have. Or if you do need to buy a gadget, invest in something that will get usage beyond the purees.
- Rice cooker – do you have a rice cooker? If not, it’s an awesome tool to cook baby food. We have a very cheap 3 cup rice cooker. We’re Asian so we eat a lot of rice. And even with using it almost daily, it’s still running strong after 5 years. If you don’t have one, I recommend getting one and you’ll still have a useful gadget afterwards. Even if you don’t eat rice regularly, it can be used to steam veggies or even make quinoa. Here is a similar inexpensive rice cooker.
- Slowcooker- who doesn’t have a slow cooker these days? It’s so versatile and you can make so many things in it.
- Pot – yep, just a regular ol’ pot.
- Blender – most people probably have a regular blender already. Did you know that a mason jar will fit into the blades of a blender? Who needs a Baby Bullet? I have something similar to this.
- Stick Blender – This stick blender was something that I invested in getting when I first started making baby food. I like it because I don’t need to transfer the food to another container to puree. I can do it right in the cooking vessel.
- 4 oz jelly jars – These are perfect for storing baby food. And you know what else? These fit perfectly in a bottle warmer so you can heat up the food right in there. According to the box, these are also freezer safe.
Method for Rice cooker: Making baby food in the rice cooker is so easy. Cut up the vegetables or fruits and put it in the rice cooker. Put in a little water and cover only about 1/4 of the veggies. Put on cover and push the button. When it boils, check the tenderness of the veggies. Normally, they would be tender enough after it boils. You can let it cool and then puree using the stick blender.
Use similar method for pot or crockpot though cooking time may vary. Just check occasionally the tenderness of the vegetables.
It is recommended that you keep feeding the same food for awhile before starting on another one to make sure that your baby don’t have an allergy to it. So when you start on 1st foods, make sure it’s not constipating foods.
Too much of either type of food is not ideal. I like to mix carrots and spinach. For my oldest, I made him a rice porridge a lot when he was small. However, I won’t be doing that for my younger one since she gets backed up a lot due to the fact that she has to take iron supplements and that makes the problem even worse.
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