When it comes to feeding your wee ones, no one wants to avoid the best and most nutritious options. Store-bought baby food options are no longer full of processed or imitation ingredients. The only listed ingredient on a jar of sweet potato baby food is “sweet potato.” The motivation (for me, at least!) to make them myself is mostly financial. You can make a month’s worth of homemade baby food for the same price as one or two pre-packaged baby food items. With a small investment of time, it can certainly be worth it! While my children are past the baby food stage, I used to make baby food for them, and have since gifted baby food to fellow moms.
I have included photos here for sweet potato baby food, but the steps for all pureed baby foods are basically the same: cook (steam, preferably) produce until soft, then puree!
What you need:
- produce (for example, as much sweet potatoes as you want baby food! One sweet potato will make about 2 c. pureed baby food.)
- steamer pot or pot with steamer basket
- food processor
Time: 30 minutes
Freezeable: Yes! I would routinely make large batches and freeze it so that I didn’t have to make baby food very frequently.
Serves: Depends on the size of your batch. One sweet potato will make about 2 c. baby food puree.
Multiplying the recipe: You can make the batch as large as your pot and food processor will allow.
Homemade Baby Food:
Wash and (if necessary) peel your produce.
Cut the produce in 1-2 inch pieces. Place in steamer pot/basket and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until very soft.
Place in food processor, reserving the cooking liquid. Puree. If more liquid is needed to reach the desired consistency, use the reserved cooking liquid before moving to any water. Using the cooking liquid keeps more of the nutrients in the puree.
Tips for Freezing:
Put the puree in ice cube trays. Once frozen, put the frozen baby food in Ziploc bags or freezer containers. Defrost 1-2 cubes at a time for one serving of baby food. (This also makes it easy to combine different produce – one cube of corn plus one cube of sweet potato.)