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.