How to Make Baby Food at Home
Though traditional baby food jars and newer squeeze pouches are a great way to help your baby transition from milk to solids, they can get expensive pretty quickly, and making your own baby food at home is easier than it sounds, especially with the right tools.
Though traditional baby food jars and newer squeeze pouches are a great way to help your baby transition from milk to solids, they can get expensive pretty quickly, and making your own baby food at home is easier than it sounds, especially with the right tools. Bekah is cooking with the Beaba BabyCook today. At $120, it’s a bit pricey, but homemade baby food is much cheaper and better for the planet than the store-bought kind in the long-run.
\Even if you don’t have a baby food maker, the general idea is the same: steam some vegetables, mash them up, and store individual portions.
Many families start their babies with cereal to transition from milk to solids, but don’t be afraid to jump right into foods that you would eat too, like applesauce or steamed carrots.
With some clean carrots, start by peeling them and cutting them into medium-sized pieces. It works whether you cut them into sticks or crosswise. Bekah is making three cups of carrots to have plenty to put in the freezer.
With the BabyCook, you steam and puree the ingredients in the same basket. Depending on what you’re cooking, fill the bowl to the associated water line. For carrots, fill it to level 3. Then pour the water into the tank.
Some less-dense foods like plums call for water level 2, but most recipes call for level three.
When all the carrots are chopped and the water is in the tank, put the carrots in the basket, place the basket into the bowl and put on the lid. The machine won’t turn on and start cooking unless the lid is in the right place.
It doesn’t take long for the carrots to steam, and when they are done, the switch will go back to the middle and the light will turn off to show you it’s ready for the next step.
It’ll take about ten minutes for the carrots to steam and then you’ll puree them.
To turn these steamed carrots into a puree, first you need to empty the cooking water from the bottom of the bowl.
For some foods, like squash, reserve some of the cooking liquid to add it back to make the puree smoother.
Then tip the basket into the bowl, put the lid back on, and turn the switch to the right to start the blender. Blend until it has reached your desired consistency. For younger babies, you want a very smooth consistency, but as they grow you can make it thicker.
You can freeze individual portions for later since baby food goes bad so quickly. These three cups will make seven nice-sized portions.
Let us know how it goes and share your favorite baby food recipes with us on Facebook and Instagram!