Ready to make your own baby food? Check out these Tips to Baby Food Made Easy!
Once you start making baby food, tips and tricks will come naturally. Batch cooking is a sure fire way to save you time, energy and money. According to Ruth Yaron author of the Super Baby Food Cookbook, Super Baby Food, and Super Baby Food Pouch Recipes and Tips once you prepare a sweet potato puree, for example, but before you add any breast milk or formula, fill a stainless steel ice cube tray with your puree leftovers.
Each “cube” is now a serving size, or even half a serving size for your baby for the next feeding time. Once cubes are frozen, transfer them to wax paper lined plastic bags and mark the date on the outside of bag. Mixing and matching foods will become old hat. You will be an expert in no time.
Keep reading for some of her tips to making baby food a seamless process and some yummy recipes!
Tips to Baby Food Made Easy
Luckily, when you start to feed baby solid food, he will still be drinking breast milk and formula. This means that you can start very slowly and without frustration at the amount baby eats. Easy does it at first.
2. Preparing your own homemade batch of baby porridge or cereal is easier that you think
You will need a blender, organic brown rice or oats, water, a whisker & a pot. Simply grind the grains in your blender and sprinkle into boiling water. Whisk until cooked. Cool and adjust consistency with breast milk or formula. That is it. You are making your own nutritionally superior baby food!
3. Two of the best and easiest baby foods are also the most nutritious.
Banana and ripe avocado…these are two of the most nutritious foods there are and they are perfect first foods for baby. You can fork mash and add some breast milk or formula or simply pop either into the blender to puree. Presto! You are a baby food maker!
4. Do not forget the sweet potato
Sweet Potato is another of nature’s extremely nutritious foods. To make baby food from sweet potato, you will have to peel and steam the sweet potato until soft and then puree in your blender. Add breast milk or formula to the pureed sweet potato.
Recipe for Single Grain Super Porridge
¼ cup brown rice (organic, if possible)
1 cup water
1. Measure 1 cup of water and place into a pot on the stove to boil.
2. Pour rice into your blender. Grind well, for about 2 minutes. (It’s going to be very loud, but it’s important to let the blender grind the rice down.) If you have a coffee grinder, you may find it works better than a blender. Do not use a food processor, as it does not grind grains well.
3. When the water starts to boil on the stove, turn the heat down to the lowest setting.
4. Sprinkle the ground rice into the water while stirring briskly with a wire whisk.
5. Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.
6. Whisk frequently to prevent scorching and to remove lumps.
7. Let cool.
8. Adjust the consistency with some breast milk or formula.
Puréed Cooked Carrots
1. Select small to medium sized carrots that are firm.
2. Wash thoroughly and peel.
3. Cut off and discard the ends.
4. Cut into uniform pieces.
5. Steam pieces for 20 minutes or until tender, reserving the liquid.
6. Place pieces in blender with some reserved liquid. Purée away!