Saturday, December 3, 2011
Making Your Own Baby Food || Carrots and Apples
I chose to do carrots, then apples.
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.
2. Take the cooked vegetable or fruit and remove them into the machine you have decided to use for pureeing.
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. I used our Alkaline machine with purified water and also a little of his formula milk.
4. Set your machine to puree or grind and begin to mash the vegetables or fruits.
5. As you are pureeing or blending, add the liquid or plain water. These liquids give a little nutritional boost and add a familiar taste for baby.
6. Once you have a nice liquid baby food puree you will then transfer the puree into ice cube trays for freezing/storage. Never freeze homemade baby food in glass that is not specifically labeled as "safe to freeze." For example, old baby food jars are not meant for freezing.
7. Fill each cube with the puree, as though you were filling the tray with water to make ice cubes.
There you have it! I am anxious to make more. :)