The complete guide to making and storing your own homemade baby food
With baby #1 (Emma), my creativity when it came to homemade baby food didn’t go any further than homemade rice cereal.  I halfheartedly tried making and freezing it once but.. let’s face it, I was lazy.  Or maybe I am allowed to blame it being a worn out new mommy.  ;)  So I made rice cereal almost every day.

Now, I have this cute lil’ dude and the urge to make baby food again came.  I figured out how make several different varieties of purees in one big batch, then freeze it to save for later.  This way I didn’t wear myself out multiple times, it was all over in a few hours one day.  Success!

 

Mash, Smash, Puree – What You Need to Do It!

You’ll need something to puree the food finely so that you won’t need to worry about your baby choking on lumps or clumps.  The first time I made carrots, I tried mashing it myself and although it worked, it was a lot of work and it didn’t quite get as smoothly pureed as I would have liked.  It’s just sooo much easier when you have a food processor!

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One option that I can recommend because I own it myself is the Magic Bullet.

I like it because it works really well and comes with a lot of attachments and two blades.  It does best with smaller amounts of food at one time, though.  However, for the price (around $40 on sale), it is an excellent product!  And it also makes blended drinks, hummus, dips, and can chop onions and things like that as well.  I love it!

A more affordable option that works but takes more effort is the KidCo Food Mill.  It is hand-powered.  You can also use a regular blender.  My friend Erin uses hers with great results!

Recipes and More

Figure out what deliciousness you want to puree and freeze.  You can find recipes and ideas online or get a baby food cookbook like this one:

Here are some more highly-rated options on Amazon:

And here are some of my favorite sites with baby food recipes:

Momtastic Stage 1 Baby Food Recipes
Simply Baby Food Recipes
NurtureBaby

Storage Options

You’ll need something to freeze the baby food in, preferably in small amounts so you can thaw it out a little at a time. You can use any small glass or plastic food containers you might have on hand, or use ice cube trays.

I personally prefer the special containers that are made especially for freezing and storing baby food.  Some examples:

Fresh Baby Freezer Trays with Lids
Can be found on Amazon.com

Mumi&Bubi Solids Starter Kit
Can be found on Amazon.com

Green Sprouts Freezer Cubes
Can be found on Amazon.com

I ordered the Green Sprouts Cubes. :)

Read the next installment:

Part 2, Cooking & Storage Tips!

Have you ever made homemade baby food before?  What were the best things to have on hand for making it?



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4 Responses to How to Make & Store Homemade Baby Food (Part 1: Prep)

  • Great list of product to use to make baby food. I love it!

  • My son is 3 1/2 now, but when he was a baby I bought the Magic Bullet just so I could make him homemade baby food. I am happy that you have found the Magic Bullet for this purpose too!

    Of course it makes lots of other goodies like smoothies too!

  • How is this going for you? I’ve been waiting for a follow up post! :) I’m going to try your homemade rice cereal recipe next week! Can’t believe my baby is old enough for cereal. Time flies.

    • Thanks for asking, Joni… I’m almost finished with my follow-up post, sorry about the delay! :) I’ll get it up by tomorrow for sure.

      And I know, it’s amazing how quickly some babies are ready for solids! Isaac was reaching for our food with an open mouth at 4 months, and now at 6 months he needs 3 solid meals a day. He’s one hungry baby!

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