How to Make Baby Food

how to make baby food
Carrot baby food © by Ross Catrow

I want to start off by saying that I do not have any children. I have a godson, J, whose father decided that I could be trusted enough to take care of him. He is one of the most amazing kids. He can make you laugh when you are about to cry, make you look at the world in a entirely new way, and teaches you to appreciate the little things. We can spend the entire day in my backyard looking at plants, and not realizing that I know nothing about where his questions are leading or how snails are so fascinating to him. He is honest, genuine, and kind; as all 6 year olds are and should be. He is uncorrupted by greed or revenge or any other sin that slowly starts entering our lives as we get older. He is a 6 year old, pure and simple.

As perfect as he is in his personality, he is also allergic to quite a few different by-products in processed food. His dad discovered his food allergies when he was 7 months old and the non-organic baby food started making him itchy, blotchy and gave him all sorts of other stomach issues that I don’t want to describe.

After a few hours of research on the interwebs, we (I say ‘we’ because at this point I was in school studying biochem and I thought I knew everything) that perhaps we should try to make baby food from scratch. I want to preface the next part by saying that my mother believes in all things organic and natural. She doesn’t understand why vegetables that used to be the size of a fist are all of the sudden the size of human head, and feels that our bodies don’t need any more chemicals in them. I say this because making baby food was a team effort.

These are the steps that we followed:

  • Step one: Pick your weapon of choice. This can be a handblender, a mixer, or a blender. Make sure that you’re comfortable with whatever machine you decide on. There is no need to buy something just to make baby food. (I know there are things like baby magic bullets and such, but come on!)
  • Step two: Cook the food after thoroughly washing it. Most fruits and vegetables need to be soften so either boil, bake or steam them. Fruits like apples need to be pitted and sometimes peeled before blending.  Chop up the food.
  • Step three. Add cooked chopped food and liquids (formula or water) if needed. Most fruits an vegetables don’t need any, so simply add spices to your liking. Just because you think your child won’t spices doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test out the theory. Some children has really strong senses of taste (as per my Prof)

You can use meats and poultry as well. These can be chopped or blended slightly, depending on how old your child is.

And that’s it. Obviously you want to make sure that the food is stored properly and because of the the lack of preservatives, the likelihood of food spoiling is significantly higher. From my observations making a new batch one every 3 days is the best route.  (SPF: When you make baby food you can also freeze it in ice cube trays and then thaw it out as needed)

The thing that we learned was to make a little of everything and try different flavours, and spices to gauge what J liked the most. There is no point in wasting food, unless you want to eat blended, mushy, apples and squash.

Turns out its not as hard as it sounds. All you really need is a blender and some of organic vegetables or fruit. We were lucky because my mother, along with my godson’s grandmother, like growing vegetables in our backyards.

Your child doesn’t have to be allergic to anything for you to make baby food at home. It is healthier and avoids your child receiving a lot of chemicals that their bodies don’t need. Its been almost 6 years since we started this experiment, and although J’s allergies has dwindled down to mild intolerances, he still eats better than most of us do.

The following post is from Marissa, over at Thirty Six Months. She writes about learning to invest, savings, and paying off her student debt.

21 thoughts on “How to Make Baby Food

  1. Great post. Since we already homemake everything else we use it would seem silly to not make our own baby food. I don’t have kids yet but this is definitely in my plan. I grow a huge garden every year which can source the ingredients to make this food. Plus I have a lot of ice cube trays I can use to freeze the stuff. As a mother I wouldn’t want to give my baby anything less than optimal nutrition and you can do this by making your own stuff. You can control what you put into it.

  2. I’m sure this is one of those things that I will say seems simple enough now, but once I have kids, all of it will go out the window, but I love the idea of homemade baby food. It actually seems easier to be than schlepping to the store, washing out all those jars, etc. Plus, I make pureed soups all the time, which is super simple, and basically just slightly thicker baby food. I’d love to try this when I have kids.

  3. We do this and I actually have a bit of a post about it going up in my Baby on a Budget series tomorrow. Melissa- it might seem difficult but it is way easier than packing your kid up and going to the store! lol As you’ll see in my post tomorrow- most of the stuff I have made so far doesn’t even require a blender/ food processor etc.

  4. Good tip. My wife and I did this for our first child (and will do again) it worked very well, particularly as we froze it in ice cubes as mentioned. The pre-work might sound like a drag, but the convenience of having healthy food on hand was terrific. Doing different vegetables separately, then being able to mix and match was great and when bub got older we could heat them up, then mix through rice, couscous or pasta.

  5. I tried that once for my son and sadly he rejected it. I don’t know whether it was because I didn’t season it. Well come to think of it when I tasted it I wasn’t to please either. Could save a lot of money as well.

  6. Awesome! The Wife kept up on making my son’s food for a couple months after he started eating, but it got so hard after a while. We still buy organic most of the time, but its not home made.

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  8. I made my son’s baby food, and he is a great eater now. (He is seven.) I didn’t make it for my daughter because life got busy, and now she is a fussy eater. I don’t know if there is any significance to that, but that is my experience.

    Of course, it is so much cheaper and healthier to make homemade. . .

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