Easy Homemade Baby Food In Three Easy Steps
When I was pregnant with my son, my father gave me a Magic Bullet as a Christmas Gift! I was so excited and couldn't wait to get started making all the wonderful things they made on the infomercial. I watched it over and over every Sunday on T.V..
Several days later after the Christmas hustle was over with, I set straight away, only to be quickly disappointed. I make an incredible Authentic Mexican Salsa that requires a lot of chopping, so this was going to be great, or so I thought!!! How upset was I when I soon realized that my salsa was mulsified into a liquid pureed soup! I thought to myself, I must be doing something wrong, wait... they did a pulsing action on the infomercial, that's what it is! I'll try again. Nope, same thing happened again. So, sadly I put the Magic Bullet away and thought, maybe there is a trick to it. I'll try again another time. I just need more practice and then I'll get the hang of it! Ha ha, was I wrong!
My second attempt was gratting cheese for a mac and cheese recipe that I will give you in another Hub hehehe.(my Mother's recipe and sooo good). Well, this was worse than the Salsa!!!! This time the cheese was mulsified into a huge ball of goo! Ok, so time to watch the infomercial again and see what the heck I was missing and what the hidden secret was. There had to be a catch! This time I watched with great intent, careful to not miss anything. I soon discovered that I was totally naïve and that there was an incredible amount of editing done in between dishes. I mean, how could my omelete turn out like mushroom soup when I followed exactly how they did it?
I realized they never used the same bullet twice, so I figured it was all a gimmick and retired my Magic Bullet forever.....until, my son was born and I decided to bring it out of the cupboard, dust it off and puree some baby food. I mean, if it pureed cheese and salsa it would be wonderful for peas and carrots right?
That it was! It worked amazing and I never spent a dime on jarred baby food again! So here's how I did it and you can too, it's super easy and only takes about an hour a week!
Let me state, that I am not a nutritionist nor a doctor (just a mom who figured out how to puree baby food) so any of the foods that you prepare should follow the guidelines recommended for babies and their age group. Consult your physician if you are unsure.
First start with your fruits. Pears, apples, nectarines, peaches, plum etc work best, You have to be careful with the berry family, strawberries, blueberries and grapes have seeds and skins, therefore you may want to strain them before feeding them to your baby and watch for any allergic reactions. It is recommended that you feed your baby one food at a time for 3-4 days before offering another. Once again, consult your physician for any concerns you may have.
Here are the 3 easy steps:
- Steam fruits either in microwave or stovetop until soft
- Place in Magic Bullet along with a tiny bit of water
- Puree, adding water a bit at a time until desired consitancy is achieved
Oops, I forgot step 4.....freeze in ice cube trays or feed to baby right away.
Next comes vegetables. These are simple as well, all you have to do is cook them until soft and puree along with the water, adding a bit at a time until desired consistency is achieved just like the fruits. Peas and sweet potato puree very nicely. Squash and turnip you can buy at the grocery store already chopped in cubes to make it easier. If you are fortunate enough to buy from a farmers market even better. Beats are easy as well, you can bake them right in the oven for about an hour at 350c, peel off the skins and puree!
So, when you are ready to start your baby on meats, do the same steps. Whatever, I made for dinner I pureed in the Magic Bullet. Keep in mind, the meats need a little more water to achieve a nice smooth consistency. If I made a roast, I added potato, meat and vegetables and he ate the same dinner we did, including fish and veal! I truly believe this is the reason he is not a picky eater today and at the age of four he enjoys every thing I put in front of him. I never fed my kids different meals than us and now as they get older their taste buds are fully developed and enjoy all types of food. Have you tried the meat in baby food jars? Tastes like cat food, or worse!!! No wonder they gag on it...but I guarantee you they won't if you give them roast, peas and potato! Just be careful to not add to much salt or seasonings.
Friends and family often asked how did I find the time to make my own baby food. Honestly, I found it easier to make it than worry everyday if I had enough in the cupboard. Once a week (usually when he was sleeping) I spent about an hour making everything! I filled up all my ice cube trays and when they were frozen I placed them in separate freezer bags and labelled them so my husband new what was what and all he had to do was grab a cube from each bag and feed baby. When it was time to eat, I just defrosted them in the microwave. When I was going out for the day I simply placed them in tupperware and by the time it was lunch they just needed to be warmed.
I don't make baby food anymore but I do use my Magic Bullet to make soups and smoothies, oh and applesauce every now and then hahaha.
So, there you have it! Homemade baby food in 3 easy steps! Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions, I would be pleased to help you out.
I hope you found this article useful and you give it a go, your baby will thank you! Good Luck! Please share this article with your friends, family and other moms that may want to make their own baby food but think it is too hard or time consuming! :)
The Happy Mom
M on November 01, 2019:
Thanks this was very helpful!!
Lauren Flauding from Sahuarita, AZ on February 05, 2018:
Nice! I bought a magic bullet for the purpose of making baby food, but I just never got around to it. Maybe this will give me the kick I need...
Riley s mama on July 13, 2017:
Also I have found if my meats won't stuck together if u use a couple of chucks of bread they come together wonderfully thank u for the great tips!!
Tracey on November 26, 2013:
Thanks for posting your comments, so glad I could help. Annmommyto5, when he is ready for meats add the sweet potato and veggie with the water. I just found that the meat alone gave a stringy drier texture but the potato and veggie just made it more creamy and easier to swallow. :(
annmommyto5 on November 25, 2013:
Thanks for the easy to understand info. I am a busy stay at home to 5 kids. Our youngest is 8 months and this is my first time making my own baby food. Our baby is very sensitive to the acids in baby food and breaks out with a terrible diaper rash, so I am trying to find more ideas of what foods to mix together for him. This helps me a lot because I am always in the kitchen cooking and can whip up some baby food in just a few minutes. Today, I made him bananas and carrots (separately ofcourse) and have his sweet potatoes ready for tomorrow. Thanks again!
Melissa on May 22, 2013:
Thank you for making it very simple. I have twins and they are making the transition to fruits and veggies. This helped alleviate my anxiety on how it would work into my daily routine.