We live in a busy, disposable society and it is often all too easy to succumb to the appeal of processed prepackaged baby food from the supermarket. What if I was to show you a quick and easy way to make homemade baby food in bulk? This will not only save you money but you will know exactly what your precious little ones are consuming.
Timing I choose to make my baby food once a week at the same time that I prepare dinner for the 'grown up' members of my family. I make 2 weeks worth and alternate making meat with vegetables and fruit combinations. I don't use any specific recipes, I simply choose from the ingredients I have in the fridge and fruit bowl.
Step 1: Purchase some small portion sized containers. There are so many options out there but I prefer Baby Tubs. Whatever containers you choose, ensure that they are BPA free, toxin free and are safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher.
This is a small cost outlay in the beginning, but you will save money in the long run. In addition, the containers can be re-used, so you're also reducing the amount of waste.
Step 2: Sterilise your containers You can use a steriliser but I find it quicker and easier to sterilise my containers with boiling water. Just be careful to keep them out of reach of toddlers and investigative pre-schoolers.
Sterilise your containers
Step 3: Choose your ingredients As mentioned, I simply choose from the ingredients I have on hand. Below are some of the combinations I have come up with:
Apple & Pear
Banana, apple & pear
Apple & Blueberries
Beef, broccoli & sweet potato
Chicken, broccoli & potato
Beef, pumpkin, carrot and peas
The combinations are endless.
Step 4: Peel and cut up all your ingredients Peel all fruit and vegetables and cut up like you are making a stew.
Raid your fridge and fruit bowl to find healthy ingredients for your baby food creations
Step 5: Cooking and softening the ingredients If you are cooking with meat, brown the meat in the bottom of the saucepan first, then add vegetables and fill the saucepan with water to cover the ingredients and simmer over a low heat until the ingredients are soft.
If you are just cooking fruit or vegetables, simply cover the ingredients with water and simmer over a low heat until they are soft.
Step 6: Drain the water and allow content to cool
Step 7: Puree ingredients Once cool, use a bar mix to puree ingredients to the consistency you desiree.
Step 8: Spoon out into sterilised containers
Step 9: Freeze and then simply defrost and warm as required
Freeze your baby food in portion sizes and simply grab and go
Next time you're making your dinner, give this a try and I can guarantee you will save money and have peace of mind knowing that you are giving your little ones the healthiest start in life.
Do you have any yummy baby food recipes you can share?