Making Your Own Baby Food Puree

Sep, 25, 2013

Our son Liam is almost seven months old and has started eating solids. I make all his food myself. It might seem overwhelming and time consuming to make your own baby food when you can so easily buy a couple of jars of food and know your baby will get the nutrition he/she needs. Truthfully, it’s not that hard and the benefits are many:

· It’s cheaper.Noah eating a bowl

· You can make it organic.

· You know what it is in the food.

· It saves the environment.

· Making your own baby food is satisfying to both you and your baby.

You can choose to make one or two portions, or make a large batch of puree and freeze it. Either way, to store it, I recommend using green containers or recycled glass jars, which I like to use. This way, you can also bring a container with you while out and about.

All you really need to make your own baby food is a baby food mill or (I use) a hand held blender. My babies have always eaten organic avocados as their first food. They are so easy because you do not have to cook anything. Simply mash or puree ¼ of an avocado with a tiny amount of water. The same goes for pears, apples and bananas. For vegetable purees, I add a little virgin olive oil to the puree. No one said baby food has to be bland, so I like adding spices and herbs to my baby food. For example, I add mint to bananas, cinnamon to apples and basil to veggie purees. Use your imaginationJ Per request, here are some of my favorite basic baby puree recipes:

Sweet Potato:

  • · I large sweet potato
  • · Dash of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Scrub the sweet potato and prick with a fork.

Bake for about 45 mins. until soft.

Split the potato and scrape out the flesh with a spoon. Add cinnamon before mashing or blending. This will give you 2-3 portions of baby food, depending on how big an eater your child is.

Carrot, Apple and Zucchini Puree:

This is my older kids’ favorite applesauce. I love that they get a variety of veggies as well.Bella with apples

  • · 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • · ½ cup zucchini, peeled and diced
  • · 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • · ¼ tsp. fresh ginger

Place vegetables and ginger into 2/3 cups of boiling water. Cook on medium heat until vegetables are soft. Mix until pureed.

Parsnip and Green Beans:

  • · 1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced
  • · 4 green beans, ends and tops removed, cut in half
  • · 1 fresh basil leaf, minced

Place in ½ cup boiling water in a pot, and cook on medium heat for a few minutes until soft. Add more water if needed. Add basil and puree until smooth.

baby puree in glass jarsPrunes:

Since babies might get constipated when first starting solids, prunes can help.

  • · 4 dried organic prunes
  • · ¾ cup filtered water

Soak prunes in water overnight. Puree prunes and water until smooth.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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