How to make homemade baby food part II. Making your own baby food is a great way to save money and know what is in your babies food.
View Part I here.
Here are the foods that I recommend starting with:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Butternut Squash or any Winter Squash
- Bananas – They work pretty well. Leave them in their peel. They will turn black in the slow cooker. This is fine; once you peel it the banana is nice and mushy inside. If it is too thick, you can add water, mix well and then freeze in cubes.
- Zucchini and summer squash Make sure to strain seeds.
Some foods that needs a little more attention:
- Green beans – These work, but you really need to blend well and then strain them.
- Broccoli – Somewhat difficult as the stems are very stringy. Make sure to strain.
- Stone Fruits such as Peaches, Plums and Nectarines – These are also stringy and need to be strained.
Foods to avoid:
Carrots - I was told that they are high in nitrates and should be avoided when making at home. When you purchase packaged carrot baby food they have been strictly tested by the FDA.
Feel free to add spices sparingly, but never add sugar, salt or honey to baby food. Also, if you choose to thin your baby food with breast milk instead of water, make sure to only do so when you are ready to use the food. It is best when the breast milk is fresh and not frozen.
Freshly made baby food should be refrigerated and used within 3 days. Frozen food should be used within one month.
This post was written by Laura Butts. Laura is a wife, mother, crafter, scrapbooker, beginning sewer, and sometimes preschool substitute teacher from Orlando who loves being able to stay at home with her two children!
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