Do you know how to make baby food?
When I was pregnant with my first child, I just assumed I’d be using the jarred baby food I was raised on.
Somewhere down the line, I had the brilliant idea that I would just make it instead.
Understanding exactly how to make baby food took me quite a while but - I feel that I have a pretty good understanding of the in’s and out’s of homemade baby food.
So today, I’m taking you through exactly why you should make your own baby food and how you can with a few of my favorite recipes!
Why You Should Make Your Own Baby Food
I don’t know about you, but some of the flavor combos commercially available are interesting, to say the least.
Or, they don’t suit your needs in terms of food sensitivities.
Once you learn how to make baby food, you’re controlling the flavor profile, and you know it’s fresh because YOU made it!
Have you walked down the baby food aisle lately?
There are all of these different stages which equate to how thick or thin it is.
That’s all well and good, but if you make your own, you’re not having to worry about having a ton of baby food that’s no longer the correct consistency!
You’re in full control. It goes without saying that making your baby food that it’s going to be much healthier, just as making food from scratch - or less processed is more nutritious for your family!
Bonus that if your baby is experiencing a bout of constipation, you can add in some P’s!
Prunes, peas, and even peaches can help get that digestive tract back on track.
With homemade baby food, you control all of the ingredients, how they’re handled and prepped, and the actual cooking process.
This ensures that you are in full control of how nutritious they are and that you’re not cooking out all of the vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs.
Cost Savings of Homemade Baby Food
Have I mentioned yet that I’m frugal?
Dropping somewhere around $1-$2 for that organic baby food makes my wallet cry- a lot.
There are not enough Ibotta rebates for me to stomach that cost.
Making your own baby food will save you over HALF!
Yep. I said it.
Even if you used 100% organic ingredients, your homemade baby food would be less than 50% of the cost. WHOO!
How To Make Baby Food
The tools needed can be worked into any budget!
You will surely need a blender or food processor, a saucepan, cutting board, paring knife or peeler, cutlery, reusable storage bags, and a freezer tray.
The actual cook and prep are totally up to you!
Want to keep some of them raw?
More power to you!
I’m lazy and find that throwing some veg into the oven and roasting is not only easier, but the taste is even yummier than steaming.
I know many of you are probably big fans of your instant pot or rice cooker, so feel free to use those too with the steamer baskets.
Lightly mash, blitz in your food processor or blender to suit your baby’s needs. Every month or two, I make a massive batch of masala (think the curry base) and freeze it in silicone muffin bakeware.
The same theory can be applied to your baby’s food. Make a big batch, and freeze.
While you can use an ice cube tray, I’ve found that using mini muffin silicone bakeware to be the easiest to pop out.
These can be found in 1oz, 2oz, and 4oz options to best suit your needs.
Just throw in your baby food, freeze, pop out and store them in your Planet Wise Leak-Proof Bags. BOOM. DONE.
Best Homemade Baby Food Recipes
We’ve taste-tested these recipes, and they are worth exploring and trying out for yourself - and that might be the biggest benefit of knowing how to make baby food.
Remember - if you are nursing, you can always add in some breast milk to thin out the consistency and have your baby taste something familiar!
- Cardamom or cinnamon to taste
- Peel and roughly chop pears
- Place pears, spices if using, and enough water to simmer over medium heat covered for 1-15 minutes until tender
- Blend and allow to cool before transferring to your storage vessel of choice
Green Bean and Basil Puree
- Green Beans
- Optional herbs of choice: basil, cilantro, parsley, mint, and or chives
- Roughly trim the green beans and give the herbs you’re using a rough chop
- Steam your veg using a steaming basking and cook for ten minutes or until tender.
- Don’t forget to reserve your steamer water!
- Add the green beans and herbs to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding in your reserved steaming water in ¼ increments if needed Blend and allow cooling before transferring to your storage vessel of choice.
Red Pepper Baby Puree
- Red Bell Peppers
- Choice of potato, pear, and/or apples
- Core and chop the red peppers and your additions
- Steam your ingredients using a steaming basking and cook for ten minutes or until tender
- Strain and dump your veggies and fruit into blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth
- Allow to cool before transferring to your storage vessel of choice
Avocado Baby Food
Avocado is the easiest to prep but won’t hold very well for storing.
This one is best made fresh, and be sure to use it up quickly!
- Slice and pit the avocado.
- Scoop out the flesh and mash or blend until smooth.
You can also add some pureed avocado to other fruits and vegetables.
Our babies loved apples and avocados!
Conclusion - How to Make Baby Food
Are you hungry yet, because I am!
We wish you lots of luck and, hopefully, an exciting new adventure. Baby food doesn’t have to be boring, bland, or look...unappealing.
Homemade baby food saves you tons of time and gives you complete control over what your little one is eating.
The best way to store your homemade baby food is to use Planet Wise Leak-Proof Bags.
These will make food storage fun and safe as these are made with 100% organic materials.
Organic materials = No unwanted toxins in your food.