Researches have shown that the champion of food world is homemade food – including your baby’s food. More parents are preferring purchasing fresh ingredients like meat and grains for home-cooked meals to buying pre-packaged meals for their baby, thanks to which they can keep control on their toddler’s food nutrition as well as the amount of food. Therefore, this article provides readers with useful hacks to make baby food at home.
Picking the right gadget
Below are some helpful appliances, many of which are available in stores online and offline, for baby meal preps:
Hand Turning Food Mill: Called a “food mill”, it works exactly like a mill – for food, plus the mobility, with its multiple blades for food textures enrichment.
Baby Food Maker: In a hurry, this can be a saviour for parents as it can either steam baby’s meal till correctly cooked or puree meats, greens and fruits – just remember to put it in the fridge.
Baby Food Grinder: This is a more affordable device as to grind parts of your baby’s food, although not as functional as others and textures types are limited.
Hand Blender: In many kitchens, this hand-held device is commonly used to puree food as the job of the traditional blender – but hand-held, so you can blend food right in a bowl for instant serving you baby.
Food Processor (Kitchen Blender): One such machine, found in almost every family kitchen, can play any role during cooking, although bound to make smaller portions.
A Good Fork: Even without the special machines above, one can still take care of their baby’s meal with a simple fork to process mashable food such as potatoes, fruits, squash, and so on – boiling in advance is recommended.
Purchasing the best product
Parents may choose either fresh veggies – natural (best choice yet costs more) or organically grown – or frozen ones (for when one cannot get the freshies). When in doubt, start making your baby’s meal with fruits like bananas, plums, peaches, pears, blueberries, mangoes and prunes, or vegetables such as peas, avocados, green beans, carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, asparagus and butternut squash.
Vegetables and fruit should be washed thoroughly – some needs softening by pureeing (prunes and apples) or baking/boiling/steaming (fresh fruits and greens) – before cooking/boiling with water or, if possible, slightly seasoned food stock.
Although many veggies and fruits with their own liquid are easily mashed, ensure they are well-skinned/peeled and seeds strained, until your toddler is ready for more solid food and other diverse textures.
Processing grains like millet or quinoa, one can utilize the grinder within the usage directions on the package. Poultry and meat, however, must be fat-trimmed and skin-eliminated before pureeing in the blender – in case of serving roughly a toddle, chop the meat into small portions for chewing.
In many parts of the world, moms would split the baby’s meal from the whole family’s part, seasoning less then mashing, grinding or blending for baby to swallow.
Serving your baby
Pay good attention to the heat: room should be at average to warm temperature, and microwaved meals must be tasted to make sure food is not too hot for baby. Only serve the sufficient amout of food, so as not to leave out any remaining saliva bacteria mix on the plate, in which case, dump any of it instead of growing the food germs in the refridgerator.
Never add sugar, or syrup or honey to prevent botulism until your toddler gets older. Lightly seasons would do fine, however.
Families with a freezer should make the best use out of it as vegetables and fruits can last approximately eight months and fish, meat, poultry a couple of months. Leftovers should also be refrigerated, or frozen in freezer bags/containers – make sure to use them within two days.
Home-cooked baby meals may seem time and effort-consuming, but it helps more with nutrition track, money-saving and think twice – what matters is only a few days of food preparation and storage!