Pureed pouches and jars are convenient, but they can cost you more than a few extra pennies. Also, it’s hard to make sense of added ingredients you may not want in baby’s system. Follow these steps to whip up your own concoctions.
Get a blender. You can mash and stir till the cows come home, but a quality blender (they even make ones specially for baby food!) will go a long way in saving you time and getting a consistency that works for those new to solids.
Pick what’s in season. Whether it’s fresh fruit or pre-frozen veggies, choosing seasonal eats will add nutrients and taste to your blends. And when possible, buy from local farmers markets.
Find your fusions. If needed, steaming is a simple way to prime each batch for the blender. Mix ingredients until smooth (add a little water if overly thick). Don’t feel you have to stick to sweeter flavor profiles either. Babies can develop a taste for whatever you give them, so get creative with blends like spinach and avocado or just plain green beans. When it doubt, popping in sweet potato or banana ups the appeal.
Scoop, store, repeat. If making large batches, you’ll want to freeze whatever isn’t eaten soon after it’s made. Disperse the remaining contents into ice cube trays, baby food freezer bags (sometimes also used for breast milk) or individual containers. If using trays, make sure to transfer to an air-tight, freezer-safe bag once frozen and clean after use. Keep frozen for up to three months.
Tip: Although different in flavor and ingredients, much of your baby food may end up looking the same in color. Make sure to label each meal to maintain variety and chart baby’s reactions to different foods.