Babies can be given little amount of solid food when they turn four to six months old. You can give them both homemade and jarred food or a mixture of them but it is safer to make their food yourself as hygiene is assured and money is saved as well. As a mother, I also suggest that you give them homemade food by preparing it yourself. You only have to know what foods your baby eats and which ones he or she should not. Choose ripe and fresh produce that is also organic and go on with it.
Making Baby food can be a new experience and you may need to know more about the equipment you should use and the steps you should follow to make it. Here’s how to.
When it comes to making baby food, you will find a variety of ways to make it and several electric or nonelectric equipments to make it in. For example, you can go for the All in One Baby Food Maker that is a perfect and easy gadget. It first steams the fruit, vegetable or meat you put in then makes its puree. Purees are the most suitable form of food for babies of the age of four to six months as they do not have teeth but can swallow it. This baby food maker also had the facility of heating or frosting the food you make, although you should not refrigerate the leftovers, not unless you properly cover them. There is also a nonelectric food grinder which is portable and inexpensive; it breaks down food into chunks although does not give a choice of textures. While what we call the Hand Turned Food Mill comes with different kinds of blades that cut the food in smaller chunks and in different textures; parents love it as it is both portable and easy to use.
You can also use your food processor or blender that you regularly use in the kitchen if it is clean and free of any smell. Besides, there are many hand blenders that can be utilized for your purpose. If not these equipment then you are free to simply use a fork and a container to mash fruits or vegetables and then puree them some other way.
How to make Baby Food
Until the baby is seven or eight months old, I suggest you only give them single ingredient food. As said above, you can puree it or mash it in a container. Here’s what you should exactly do.
- Wash the fruit or vegetable and peel any skin off of it.
- Before steaming them, cut or chop them into pieces not bigger than an inch.
- Steam the food for five to ten minutes until it becomes soft.
- Puree that steamed food in a food processor until you get a smooth texture.
- If you are cooking meat, make sure you cook it to the correct internal temperature so that no bacteria are left.
- Finally, strain the pureed food through a strainer to exclude any chunks of food left.
Following these instructions, you can make any puree like Avocado puree or Strawberry puree, only if your baby likes it.
Some other things you need to take care of is the temperature of the food; it should not be more than room temperature, do not add extra sugar, honey or corn syrup, stir the food properly if you microwave it and if refrigerated, shift them into plastic bags from the containers when frozen. When using the frozen food, defrost it over night in warm water and there you go, you can now use it.