Pureeing and Storing Baby Food – a quick introduction
Preparing homemade baby food puree is not only fun, it’s also very simple. You will be surprised to see that it really will take less time to puree baby food than you imagined.
Pureeing homemade baby food is very simple. Cook the food, let it cool a bit, toss it into a blender or food processor and puree away. You can also use a stick mixer or an immersion blender. Puree and blend your baby foods as your creativity and your baby’s age allows. Don’t be afraid to puree sweet potatoes together with apples for example. And don’t be afraid to use breast milk and/or formula. These 2 ingredients will give a nutrition boost as well as offer baby a familiar taste!
How to Make a Baby Food Puree
Step 1: Start by cooking the vegetable/fruit either by steaming, baking, microwaving or boiling.
Steaming maintains the most nutrients. Steaming, baking and boiling all allow for big batches of foods to be made at one time. We steamed the sweet potato in the example below- yum!
Step 2: Take the cooked vegetable or fruit and remove them into the machine you have decided to use for pureeing.
Step 3: Set aside the liquid that the vegetable/fruits were cooked in. This will be the liquid you add to make the puree. Adding this liquid also helps to preserve any nutrients that may have leached into the water during cooking.
(Do not use reserved water from carrots or other high nitrate veggies for a baby under 7 months old. ) You may also thin with Formula, Breast Milk or Plain Water.
Step 4: Set your machine to puree or grind and begin to mash the vegetables or fruits.
Step 5: As you are pureeing or blending, add the liquid or plain water. You may use formula or breast milk if you so desire. These liquids give a little nutritional boost and add a familiar taste for baby.
Pureeing without adding any liquids is also a good option. Many parents prefer to thin their foods before they will serve them to their babies. We tend to prefer this as well.
How To Freeze the Baby Food Purée
Never freeze homemade baby food in glass that is not specifically labeled as “safe to freeze”; the glasses might break.
Step 1: Once you have a nice liquid baby food puree you will then transfer the puree into ice cube trays for freezing/storage.
Step 2: Fill each cube with the puree, as if you were filling the tray with water to make ice cubes.
Step 3: Cover the tray and put it in the freezer. Repeat this process until you have filled all the trays and no puree remains.
Step 4: Once the cubes of puree have set and are frozen, take the trays out of the freezer and transfer the cubes into freezer bags.
Step 5: Be sure to label the bag with the date of preparation as well as the type of food. The baby food cubes should ordinarily last a month, but power situation in Nigeria won’t allow for the purees to last that long. It is advised to use purees within a week of freezing.
Step 6: When it is time to feed baby, simply take out the number of food cubes needed, allow ice to dissolve and then reheat.
NB: No Salt! No Sugar!
Salt and sugar are never needed when making baby food. Omit these items, preferably at ALL times, in your baby’s meals.
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.