Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

Dec 13 , 2016

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

Making your own baby food is not only easy but really economical.

 

I always try to make my baby food from fruits as well as vegetables I already have and am serving the rest of my family.  The fun part about making your baby food in small cubes like this is that you can try lots of flavour combinations! Just pop 1 cube of each flavour from your freezer and then heat.

Some of our favourites are:

  • Pear + Spinach
  • Banana  + Squash
  • Apple + Sweet Potato + Blueberry
  • Carrot + Squash + Apple
  • Peach + Banana + Carrot
  • Apple + Blueberry + Kale
  • Pear + Carrot + Peas
  • Pear + Zucchini
  • Squash + Peas

Fruit/Veggie

How to Prepare

Apple/Pear

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

Place fruit in a pot and add enough water to just cover the fruit.

Cover and cook on high until fruit is soft. Drain water and puree the fruit in a blender.

        Peaches/Nectarines/Plums

        Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

        Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place fruit (with skin) in the pot and blanch for 1 minute.

        Immediately transfer blanched fruit to the bowl of ice water using a slotted spoon.

        Leave in the ice water for another minute.  Remove fruit and slip skins off.

        Cut fruit in half and remove the pit.  Puree in a blender.

            Banana/Avocado

            Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

            Remove skin from the fruit.  If your baby is just starting solids, puree in a blender.

            If they have been eating solids for a while, mash with a fork.

                Blueberry

                Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes
                Puree fruit with a small amount of added water in a blender.

                  Sweet Potato/Squash/Pumpkin

                  Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

                  For the sweet potato, poke holes in it with a fork and place on a baking sheet.

                  For squash, cut in half and remove seeds; place on a baking sheet.

                  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 1 hour depending on the size.

                  Once baked and soft, scoop the flesh out.  If your baby is just starting solids, puree in a blender with a small amount of water.  If your baby is more experienced, mash with a fork and serve.

                      Carrots/Cauliflower/Broccoli

                      Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

                      Peel carrots and cut in half.  Cut cauliflower and broccoli into small pieces.

                      Steam veggies until tender.

                      Puree with a small amount of water in a blender until smooth.

                        Peas/Zucchini

                        Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

                        Cut zucchini into pieces.  Steam veggies until tender.

                        Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.

                          Green Beans

                          Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

                          Cut ends off and steam until tender.

                          Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.

                            Kale/Spinach

                            Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

                            Trim ends off of leaves.  (Use baby Kale)

                            Puree in a small amount of water until

                              Storing Homemade Baby Food

                              If you are going to use your baby food right away and you only made a small portion, you can just store in your fridge for up to 3 days.  If you make your baby food in bigger batches then freeze it. The best way to make baby food into single serving size is to use ice cube trays!  Spoon the pureed food into the tray and then freeze.  Once it is frozen (2 hours)  then pop the cubes out and store in an airtight freezer container for up to 3 months.

                              Heating Homemade Baby Food

                              When you are ready to use the baby food that you have frozen, remove as many cubes as you will use in a sitting. Once reheated, you should not freeze again.
                                Microwave
                                • Place in a microwave-safe container and heat in 15-second intervals until the desired temperature has been reached.  Stir between each heating interval.  Before serving to your baby, stir thoroughly and test the temperature again to avoid any hot pockets.
                                StoveTop
                                • Use a smaller saucepan and place the food into the saucepan. Heat on low and stir frequently until the desired temperature has been reached.
                                Source: http://www.superhealthykids.com/
                                Fruit/Veggie How to Prepare
                                Apple/Pear Place fruit in a pot and add enough water to just cover the fruit. Cover and cook on high until fruit is soft. Drain water and puree the fruit in a blender.
                                Peaches/Nectarines/Plums Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place fruit (with skin) in the pot and blanch for 1 minute. Immediately transfer blanched fruit to the bowl of ice water using a slotted spoon. Leave in the ice water for another minute.  Remove fruit and slip skins off. Cut fruit in half and remove the pit.  Puree in a blender.
                                Banana/Avocado  Remove skin from the fruit.  If your baby is just starting solids, puree in a blender. If they have been eating solids for a while, mash with a fork.
                                Blueberry Puree fruit with a small amount of added water in a blender.
                                Sweet Potato/Squash/Pumpkin   For sweet potato, poke holes in it with a fork and place on a baking sheet. For squash, cut in half and remove seeds; place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 1 hour depending on the size. Once baked and soft, scoop flesh out.  If your baby is just starting solids, puree in a blender with a small amount of water.  If your baby is more experienced, mash with a fork and serve.
                                Carrots/Cauliflower/Broccoli    Peel carrots and cut in half.  Cut cauliflower and broccoli into small pieces. Steam veggies until tender.  Puree with a small amount of water in a blender until smooth.
                                Peas/Zucchini    Cut zucchini into pieces.  Steam veggies until tender. Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.
                                Green Beans  Cut ends off and steam until tender. Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.
                                Kale/Spinach  Trim ends off of leaves.  (Use baby Kale) Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.

                                Storing Homemade Baby Food

                                If you are going to use your baby food right away and you only made a small portion, you can just store in your fridge for up to 3 days.  If you make your baby food in bigger batches then freeze it.  The best way to make baby food into single serving size is to use ice cube trays!  Spoon the pureed food into the tray and freeze.  Once it is frozen (2 hours)  then pop the cubes out and store in an airtight freezer container for up to 3 months.

                                Heating Homemade Baby Food

                                When you are ready to use your baby food that you have frozen, remove as many cubes as you will use in a sitting.  Once reheated, you should not freeze again. Microwave Place in a microwave safe container and heat in 15 second intervals until the desired temperature has been reached.  Stir between each heating interval.  Before serving to your baby, stir thoroughly and test the temperature again to avoid any hot pockets. StoveTop Use a smaller saucepan and place the food into the sauce pan. Heat on low and stir frequently until desired temperature has been reached


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