Making Baby Food For Your Infant
It's Easy and Healthy
Long before baby food came in jars, mothers were making baby food themselves. Today, with all the discussions about chemically grown foods and added preservatives, many parents are going back to making their own baby food, thinking that this may be a safer route.
Making your own baby food is a simple process and is convenient as well as economically smart. Making your own baby food mostly involves pureeing the foods.
Of course, it does take longer than opening a jar...
So for many, a combination is ideal. Prepare your own baby food as often as you want and combine it with canned food when it's more practical.
Tips For Making Baby Food
Making baby food does not require much equipment. Here are some of the things you can use:
Preparing Baby FoodThere are several ways in which to prepare baby food:
Baby Food Storage and Serving TipsSince home-made baby food is free of the additives and other ingredients necessary to preserve the food for long periods of time, you must be careful when storing it.
If the baby food is not going to be used quickly, it should be frozen. Baby food can be stored in the refrigerator, but only for 2-3 days - and then discard it. While a refrigerator can slow down the growth of bacteria, it does not kill the bacteria, so the baby's food should not be stored in the refrigerator too long, usually not for more than two days.
If you wish to prepare larger batches of baby food, you can divide the food into serving sizes and freeze. There are several ways in which to freeze baby food. You can freeze the pureed food in ice cube trays and then transfer into a freezer bag; you can place small portions of baby food onto a cookie sheet and freeze that way, placing the individual portions into freezer bags once the food is frozen; or you can purchase individual size freezer bags and freeze right in the bag. Frozen baby food should be used within one month.
When thawing baby food, you should never leave it at room temperature - this makes it easier for bacteria to get into the food. Thaw the serving by placing it in the refrigerator, in the microwave, or in cold water.
Some Things To AvoidThere are some things that should be avoided when making baby food.
Salt and sugar should not be added. Salt is bad for the kidneys and sugar for the little teeth. Let baby enjoy the natural taste of foods.
Honey should be completely avoided in babies younger than one year. Honey can cause serious illness in babies - infant botulism, which is a serious form of food poisoning.
There are also other foods that are important to avoid, for a detailed list on foods to avoid for babies, click here.
Good luck with your cooking!
If you're busy, check out these slow cooker recipes.
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