I believe in preparing the same foods we normally eat for my babies as well. Fresh, frozen, or canned the choice is really up to you. As I have previously stated this has really helped Cakey eat more “big people food.” Most of the vegetables we eat are either fresh or frozen. When making homemade vegetable baby food I stick to the same thing. If I normally buy it fresh then that is what I do for the baby food.
I prepare my vegetables the exact same way I would prepare them if I was going to eat them. The only exception is seasoning. I do not season the initial batch of vegetables I cook them plain and bland. After I make sure there is no food allergy I slowly start seasoning the veggies. I usually only add one herb per batch to insure there are no weird allergies. I do not add salt or anything spicy to my vegetables.
To prepare veggies:
- Wash thoroughly in cool water.
- Cut vegetables into about one inch pieces.
- Steam the vegetables over a couple inches of water.
- When vegetables are tender, place in a food processor.
- Do not discard the water used to steam the vegetables.
- Turn food processor on and add some of the water from the steaming to help the vegetables puree.
- The amount of water needed really depends on the vegetable.
- Puree until smooth, use your measuring spoon to fill each ice cube tray. Make sure you know how much each cube will hold before you begin.
- Freeze the ice cube trays.
- Pop out the pureed vegetables and place in a labeled freezer safe bag.
- Cubes can be stored for up to 2 months.
I steam all the following vegetables broccoli, cauliflower, peas, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and spinach. I bake my sweet potatoes and butternut squash first, peel off the skin, and then follow steps 4-10.
I do not mix my vegetables when making the cubes (i.e. peas and carrots). I also do not add formula or anything but water to the vegetable cubes at this point (I do later). I keep the vegetables separately for a few reasons. One just in case the baby does not like the vegetable or is allergic. Two in case I have leftovers after the baby has graduated to chunkier foods that way I can just throw the cubes into soups or smoothies and not have to throw away food.
When I serve the vegetable cubes, I stir in baby cereal (rice or oatmeal) to help thicken them up a little bit.
There are certain vegetables that I routinely buy canned or jarred. Tomato products for instance. James and I do not eat fresh tomatoes. The closest we get is salsa. So when I am introducing tomatoes to my babies I do not buy fresh tomatoes.
For tomatoes, I start with jarred tomato paste or sauce (plain) about a teaspoon or so and mix it with water or formula and baby cereal. After a few servings with no adverse reactions I switch to tomato sauces with added ingredients or flavors, like tomato basil, for instance. Because I used jarred sauces I do not freeze tomato products into cubes like I do with the other vegetables. When I open a new jar of sauce for our dinner I save 3-4 baby sized servings in a container for the baby’s dinner.
Do you make homemade pureed vegetables for baby food?
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