While my son has outgrown baby food I think it is one of the most important things a parent can do to create healthy eating habits for their children. We have to feed children for about the next 18+ years there is no reason why we should take the easy way out to feed them when they are forming their tastes for food.
Is it time-consuming? My answer is NO, it does take time to make batches of food but most baby food I made was in batches and made several servings. Setting aside some time on the weekend on a little bit every day of the week will get you more than a weeks worth of servings.
Is it expensive? Absolutely not, you can buy fresh, organic ingredients and make several servings of fresh food for less than the $1.25 to $2.49 the organic baby food costs per serving.
What do I need?
Food Processor- I recommend a large one so you can make several servings at one. I do not recommend that you purchase a Baby Bullet or a Beba, I had both and I ended up using my Cusinart food processor for everything.
Steamer basket- Make sure it is a stainless steel one, I try to stay away for as much plastic I can. I recommend a two tiered one so you can steam several items at once.
Peeler- You will need to peel a lot of fruits and vegetables when you make your own baby food so make sure you have a good sharp peeler, it will make your life a lot easier.
Glass containers- Once you make a batch of baby food you will have several servings you will need several containers of various sizes to hold it all.
Teflon free cooking utensiles, pots, and pans- It is much better to prepare food for yourself and especially young children in safe products
Freezer safe containers- You can use Ball mason jars that are small and freezer safe. I recommend glass as a first choice though I did use the Beeba silicone containers as well.
Water filter- I recommend using filtered water (NOT purchased bottled water, do not bother with that) when preparing baby food. I have a filter in my house that takes the pharmaceuticals out of the water as well as many other potential toxins. Since this is the first food you are giving your children I recommend using as pure a water you can to make this
Here are a few of the easiest and best baby food recipes I made for both my kids.
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