Many new mothers should learn how to make easy organic baby food for their little ones. It can cut down on the food bill and is better for the baby. There are not any additives in the baby food and you know exactly what the ingredients are.
You can also make it match the tastes of your baby. Some little ones like a more robust flavor and some do not. Don’t worry, you’ll learn by trial and error as you go, and eventually you’ll hit on that perfect mix for your little one. In addition to all of the organic ingredients, one piece of equipment that is essential in making your own baby food is a blender.
Using A Blender
There are two different types of blenders you can use in order to make organic baby food. There is the standard jar type that sits on a stand with a container on top and the blades inside the container. You can also use an immersion blender, also called a hand blender or wand. A hand blender allows you to put the appliance right into the pot you are using to cook vegetables and blend them while they are hot. You can use a food processor but generally they do not puree the food smooth enough for a young baby.
Fruit Based Baby Food
Purchase ripe organic fruits like bananas. A banana can be just mashed up with a fork for an older baby learning to take in solids. It can be pureed easily with the best blender for a younger one. Mangoes are also great in the same manner. Some fruits, like apples, may have to be cooked down first for the child to eat. With apples, you should peel the fruit then core it and slice it into small slices. Put it in a pan with a little water or organic apple juice and turn on the heat. Continue heating until the slices become soft and mushy. You can add a little sweetener if you think the apples might be a little sour. Do not use honey as it could cause health problems (botulism, which is a type of food poisoning) in infants under one year. You can use just a tiny bit of sugar or add another sweet fruit like strawberries.
Organic vegetables make great baby food. You can steam different types of potatoes, carrots, or peas. Steam in a steaming basket until the vegetables are soft and getting mushy. Steaming the vegetables makes all the nutrients stay in instead of flowing away with the water you boil them in. Blend the vegetables adding a little bit of water if it needs to be thinned down.
Using Frozen Foods
If you cannot get fresh fruits or vegetables buy the organic frozen ones. You will have to either boil the vegetables or put them in a microwave until they become soft. Then puree them in a blender. Frozen fruits just need to be blended once they thaw and that’s it.
Meat Based Baby Food
If you eat meat you can also make meat product organic baby food by using organic meats. Take turkey or chicken and put it in a pan, bones and all. Then add water or, if you prefer, use a homemade stock to make it more flavorful. Boil until the meat becomes tender and falling off the bone. Remove it from the stove and let it cool a bit. Cut the meat into small chunks and add it to the blender. You can also add some of the water or stock to thin the mixture down. Simply repeat the same process if you want to use beef.
When the child gets older you can start adding some flavor to their foods. Use cinnamon or ginger with fruit based recipes. You can also add parsley, rosemary, thyme, and garlic with meats and vegetable based recipes.
Here is a great way to preserve your organic baby food. Pour it in to ice cube trays and freeze it. Pop the cubes out and store them in freezer bags. Just take out what you need for the next day and defrost it. You can make large batches in your blender and just freeze it so you only have to make new batches every week or so.
How convenient, easy, and healthy! Your baby will love your homemade organic baby food!