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Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes
December 13, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids > Baby >Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

Making your own baby food can be simple.  We have your steps for 100% homemade and natural baby food here.

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

Making your own baby food is not only easy, but really economical.  I always try to make my baby food from fruits and 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 flavor combinations!  Just pop 1 cube of each flavor from your freezer and heat.  Some of our favorites are:

  1. Pear + Spinach
  2. Banana  + Squash
  3. Apple + Sweet Potato + Blueberry
  4. Carrot + Squash + Apple
  5. Peach + Banana + Carrot
  6. Apple + Blueberry + Kale
  7. Pear + Carrot + Peas
  8. Pear + Zucchini
  9. Squash + Peas

Have fun experimenting and letting your baby try all sorts of new flavors!

Fruit/Veggie

How to Prepare

Apple/Pear

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

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. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

 

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 or food processor.

Banana/Avocado

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

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. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

Puree fruit with a small amount of added water in a blender or food processor.

Sweet Potato/Squash/Pumpkin

 Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

 

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

 Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

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. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

Cut zucchini into pieces. Steam veggies until tender. Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.

Green Beans

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

Cut ends off and steam until tender. Puree in a small amount of water until smooth.

Kale/Spinach

Homemade Baby Food Basic Recipes. This is a must keep list for anyway taking care of babies!

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.

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.   You can also use a product like Lilly Pots that we like! Check it out here.

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.

written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(24)
Michelle says:

This arrived at the perfect time. I want to start making some of the food for my eight month old son. I would have never thought of some of the combinations.

Cheryl says:

Do you add any lemon juice to preserve the colour of foods like apple, pear, or avocado? or just freeze as is. Thx.

Natalie says:

I don’t add lemon juice – I just freeze as is.

sarah clingman says:

once you take them out of the freezer and if my baby does not eat it all in one sitting how long do you feel it last after it has been heated in the fridge?

Natalie says:

I would not save it if you have been dipping the spoon you used to feed your baby into the baby food. Bacteria from you baby’s saliva could get into the baby food. If you just heated it from frozen and didn’t use it, I think it is probably ok to heat one more time.

JORGE says:

what a good idea

Brittany says:

What recipes do you have for babies who are just starting solids? Like one fruit or one vegetable?

Christina says:

Is it ok if i take it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge from the previous day and rehead it?

Natalie Monson says:

A safe way to thaw is to take it out of the freezer before you need it and put it in the fridge. Then heat it. You do not want to reheat baby food that you have already heated once and fed to your baby. That is why it is a good idea to heat in small portions because sometimes you don’t know how much they will eat!

Leah says:

When using apples and pears do you take the skin off?

Natalie Monson says:

I like to leave them on because it provides more fiber.

Natalie says:

A safe way to thaw is to take it out of the freezer before you need it and put it in the fridge. Then heat it. You do not want to reheat baby food that you have already heated once and fed to your baby. That is why it is a good idea to heat in small portions because sometimes you don’t know how much they will eat!

lakshmi says:

Till how long it can be freeze and my baby is 7m old can I gv dis to her

Natalie Monson says:

It will stay good frozen for up to 3 months.

Brandi says:

Do you peel the apples and pears before you cook them?

Natalie says:

I actually keep the skin on for the increased fiber.

Natalie says:

If you freeze them in an airtight container, they will stay good for up to 3 months.

Maria says:

Very interesting and fun. Do you use an ice cube maker?

Maria says:

do yuo use ice cube makers? and can you add meat/chicken in them??

Natalie Monson says:

I really love these silicone trays specifically for baby food: http://amzn.to/1LYMYL3

And yes you can add meat to them.

Dr B Huggins says:

You have provided some solid advice for new mothers…my only caveat would be not to heat in a microwave…there are a lot of issues with their use…

Leonie Truter says:

Love your site! Thanks!

amy says:

So you don’t need to cook blueberries? I figured the skins are a tad tough for little ones, but maybe heating them to break this down is not necessary?

Natalie Monson says:

If you are pureeing them you don’t need to cook them. Blending breaks it down and so no heating is necessary!

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