7 Easy Steps To Make Homemade Baby Food

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Since I revealed my introduction plan of baby solid food recently, the next question I had to ask myself was: Should I buy baby food or should I make homemade baby food? The fact that I’m on maternity leave for one year made that decision rather easy for a few reasons:

  1. I have time on my hands – well, somewhat.
  2. I have less disposable income than if I were working full-time.
  3. I try to provide the best that I can to my daughter.

You’ve probably guessed by now that I chose to make homemade baby food. Given that making baby food (puree) requires no cooking skills whatsoever, I really didn’t have an excuse to buy baby food. As soon as my daughter was 4 months old, I began making her food. All of it, really! She’s 7 months now and I still have enough food in the freezer for a while.

What I Used To Prepare Homemade Baby Food

The first thing I did was purchase a book that I used for guidance. Based on a friend’s recommendation, I bought the Blender Baby Food on Amazon. The book is great for providing food vs water ratio and recommended cooking time but honestly, you can survive without it. Once you know to peel your fruits and veggies, boil and then puree, it’s pretty much the same instructions for the rest of them (with some exceptions obviously). The book does serve a good basis to start though, that’s for sure.

With the baby food introduction plan and book in hand, I was ready to start my production line. I made a list of which fruits or vegetables I wanted to introduce first and then cooked them following the Blender Baby Food book. Once I pureed the food, I developed a very sophisticated freezing plan – not!

I kept my approach to making the food very simple. I basically cooked, pureed and froze each vegetables, fruit or meat separately. That gives me the flexibility to mix and match different types of food for every meal. If one day I want to serve pork and carrots and another day I want to serve pork, butternut squash and spinach, I can. It was my preference to take this approach but preparing full meals is just as good. I’d say, just make sure to have a good variety of recipes so they don’t get bored of eating the same stuff all the time.

The only instruments you’ll need are:

  • Spoon
  • Ice cube trays
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Zip lock bags (sandwich size)
  • Zip lock bags (large freezer bags)

Homemade Baby Food Production Line

1. Use a spoon to scoop the pureed food and fill the ice cube tray

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2. Cover the ice cube tray with the plastic food wrap. Make sure to cover it completely.

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3. Freeze it overnight.

4. Prepare small zip lock bags by writing the food name and date.

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5. Uncover your ice cube tray, remove the fillings by cracking your tray the same way you’d remove and ice cube. Put as many cubes in your small zip lock bag.

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6. Prepare a large freezer zip lock bag by writing the food group (fruits, vegetables, meat)

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7. Place the small zip lock bag in a larger zip lock bag.

Homemade Baby Food

What’s your approach to making homemade baby food?

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Tanya C

A mother-in-training, a loving wife, an adventurous traveler and a business enthusiast trying to keep it together while adapting to motherhood. She is constantly challenging herself to be a better mom, wife and overall person.

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9 Responses

  1. Jenna says:

    I love the ice cube tray idea. I’ve been looking for great homemade baby food ideas since my baby is now ready for them 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Grace says:

    I also found the ice cube trays to be easy and the best way to store the baby food! It’s genius! I used the baby bullet to prep the food and it was great and easy to use! I noticed after a few times that the texture was not the same after the food was defrosted so I started making the purées thicker so they would not be too runny after its defrosted! Lately I’ve been mashing his veggies and fruit with a fork and blending the other half so there’s more texture and he’s eating them like a champ ! A great mix is carrot and zucchini yummy…lol
    I opted to buy the meat already ready, did you find it difficult to get a good consistency ?
    Thanks again for another useful and interesting article 🙂

    • Tanya C says:

      Yes! I actually received the Munchkin trays as a gift and they were terrible. I’m planning to start mashing fruits and veggies soon but I feel like it requires more time. No? I found that I could do a production of food, puree everything and then not worry about what am I going to feed her because all I have to do is unfreeze cubes. How do you go about it mashing the food? Do you cook something different every day?

  3. Grace says:

    I have them too and i agree with you they are terrible !!! I do a few veggies at a time and freeze them for the week usually. What I do is boil the veggies and take half of them and mash them with the fork and the other half I do a thick puree and then I just had the mashed up veggies with the purée and mix it with a spoon so it’s all incorporated and then I freeze it in the ice cube trays! When I take them out to feed him I drain the excess liquid so it’s not to watery. It’s not super chunky but it’s has more texture…when it comes to the fruits I have to admit I give it to him mostly mixed with his cereal in the morning so it’s still a smooth consistency, but I’m working on starting to make them ticker and getting him to eat them as a snack. I used the mesh thingy but he’s not crazy about it 🙁

    • Tanya C says:

      That’s a really good idea to add consistency to the fruits and veggies!

      As for the meats, it’s really easy to make and freeze as well. I basically just boil the meat with some onion and garlic (to give it some taste) and then blend everything (leftover water + meat). I remove the large chunks of onion and garlic. Even if my veggie or fruit is watery when I unfreeze it, the meat is consistent enough so the meal itself isn’t watery. I cooked fish for the first time yesterday. Took the same approach.

      • Grace says:

        How did she enjoy the fish? Did she like it? I still wanna make him try a few meats before I give him fish. Do you give her more than one new food at a time or do you give her only one at a time ?

        • Tanya C says:

          She liked it! I cooked pangasius fish first because I was cooking it for us. I boiled it in water and onions for about 10 mins and then puréed it. I’m really grateful that I don’t have a picky eater.

          I normally introduce one new food at a time for 2-3 days. I also try to introduce it during lunch time so I can notice any food reaction.

  4. Grace says:

    That’s great! It’s so much more fun and easy to feed a non picky eater! I’m grateful that my son is also not a picky eater 🙂

    Yes, I also give new foods at lunch and keep it to one new food at a time, even if I’m sometimes tempted to make him try more than one new food at a time lol … I’m overly excited sometimes lol

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