I’m excited to be participating in the Go Green & Save Green Series with several other green bloggers this week! We’ll be talking about different areas of green and natural living, showing you how to go green while saving money at the same time! Be sure to check out the great links at the end of this post!
Making some (or all) of your baby’s food is a great way to go green and save some green! I love that you know exactly what is in the food – no preservatives or fillers. Plus it is cheaper and it tastes better! I could especially tell this when comparing homemade vs. store bought green beans. Yuck!
10 Tips for Making Your Own Baby Food
1. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. – Making your own baby food doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. Try it out with one fruit or veggie, see how you like it, and then go from there. Babies go through a lot of food, so even if you love making it, don’t feel bad if you don’t make 100% of the food your baby eats.
2. It doesn’t have to be complicated. – Repeat after me, “I promise to never, EVER buy banana baby food.” Just smash and serve, moms!
3. Get inspiration from jarred baby food. – Check out the baby food isle to see what kind of recipe combinations you can make at home. I ended up making a batch of mango pear and a batch of blueberry apple after seeing it in the store.
4. Start Small – Some people truly hate sweet potatoes. Your baby might be one of those people. Don’t make huge batches of anything until your baby has given that particular food a stamp of approval! (Note: It can take babies a couple tries to like a new food, but here I’m taking about when it is truly a lost cause!)
5. Steam or Bake – Cook the food before pureeing because it breaks down the “fibers” of the food and that helps your baby’s digestion. That is why it is recommended to cook even the fruits that you wouldn’t necessarily think about like peaches and pears.
6. Freeze the food in ice cube trays & then pop them out into freezer bags. – Using the ice cube tray method of freezing your food has a couple of benifits:
- It saves freezer space compared to using baby food jars.
- It makes it easy to get out just as much food as you need.
- Technically, it is not recommended to freeze in baby food jars because the glass could crack. I did it anyway, but I also used ice cube trays. Do what you feel comfortable with.
7. Don’t over dilute the food. – Your baby won’t be able to handle thick textures at first, but that may quickly change. Only dilute the food as needed to get it through your blender. When you thaw the food you can further dilute it as necessary with water or breast milk. This is a better alternative to having food that is too runny.
8. Use an immersion blender. – My friend Donna loved using her immersion blender to make baby food. She used it in replace of a food mill and would blend whatever they were eating that night right at the table. Instant baby food!
9. Educate yourself. – I relied heavily on the website Wholesome Baby Food to learn the best way to prepare each fruit and vegetable. For example, it is great to use the left over steaming water to help dilute the food you are pureeing. However, you should not do that with carrots because of nitrates. I also used this site’s guides for what foods are appropriate for what age. Love that site!!
10. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t buy organic produce! – When I bought baby food it was 100% organic. However, when I made the food myself it usually was not organic. Instead of feeling guilty I decided to be happy that I could give my daughter wonderful fresh food and I made sure to give the food a good scrubbing! I always wash my produce with Veggie Wash, an organic citrus based fruit and vegetable wash. I’m not a scientist, but they say it is laboratory tested to remove pesticides and chemicals. I trust it.
Do you make your own baby food? What are your favorite tips or why do you choose store bought?
Check Out These Other Great Posts in the Go Green & Save Green Series:
- The Greenbacks Gal: Eat in Season: September
- Open Eye Health: Go “Green” with Food
- A Delightful Home: Grind Your Own Wheat!
- Live Renewed: How to Cook a Whole Chicken & Make Homemade Chicken Broth
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