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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Make Your Own Organic Baby Food

By Scarlet

Making your own organic baby food doesn’t have to be hard. If fact, it’s an easy and great way to provide your child with fresh, organic nutrients, save money, and go green at the same time.  

Making baby food is as simple as selecting, cooking, and blending the ingredients to the level of smoothness appropriate for your baby. Once you pick the ingredients, I suggest steaming them when possible, as it preserves the nutrients in the food the best. For instance, to make pear baby food, you can peel and core the pears, steam till soft, cool, put into a blender or food processor and puree. Feel free to add a little water as you blend if you need to thin out the consistency of the baby food. You can also experiment with a variety of food combinations to see what your baby likes best or you can always look up baby food recipes if you need ideas.

Once you prepare your fresh baby food, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours. You can make small batches to use as you go or you may want to prepare larger batches and freeze them to have on-hand whenever needed.  Be sure to not freeze your homemade organic baby food in old baby food glass jars as they may crack during the freezing process. It’s best to use extra small Ziploc® Brand containers for freezing small batches. You can also use ice cube trays for freezing and then store the baby food cubes in Ziploc® Brand freezer bags. Frozen baby food should be used within one to three months.

Another fun thing to do is have a baby food swap! Since many people enjoy making baby food in large batches and freezing it to have on-hand, it works well to make one or two recipes and then swap some with two or three friends to increase the variety.

Making your own organic baby food is easier than most people imagine. I hope you try it and enjoy the results!

If you make your own baby food, what is your favorite recipe? Are there any food combinations that your baby enjoys more than others?

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