The complete guide to making and storing your own homemade baby food

If you missed, it check out the first post in this series, Part 1: Prep, to read about the best places to find baby food recipes, storage options, and more! 

It’s my hope that after you’ve read this post any intimidation you’ve ever felt at the thought of making your own baby food will be annihilated!  At the very least, you’ll see how truly simple it is.  I stocked up my freezer supply of baby food in one day and it didn’t take that long at all, didn’t make a horrible mess, and was very rewarding!

Believe me, if I can do it anyone can!

The first thing I did was figure out what I had on hand to make into baby food and how it would need to be cooked.  I consulted this list of stage 1 baby food recipe ideas and decided on:

Apples
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Peas
Bananas

Phase I:  Baking, Steaming, Boiling

This was SO easy.  Here’s how I did it.

I was lazy (or brilliant?) and decided to roast as many veggies and fruits as I could in one pan.  First, I peeled and cut up carrots and placed them in the bottom of a casserole dish.

I topped that with a sweet potato, halved (not peeled).

Then I put foil on top of the carrots and sweet potato, and put apple halves on top of the foil.

The lid went on, then I popped it into a 400-degree oven for about 45 minutes.

Here’s how it came out:

You’ll know when it’s done – everything will be very soft when you poke it with a fork.

And oh my!  That combination of fruits and veggies smelled SO good coming out of the oven!

Next up, peas and bananas.

I boiled the peas, and the bananas I left uncooked.  I just mashed them.

Phase II:  Puree and Mash

For pureeing baby food, I use a Magic Bullet, but you can also use a hand grinder or a regular blender.  The apple and sweet potato can be scooped out of their skins and the insides are so soft you could actually mash it with a fork if you wanted to.  It’s so much quicker to throw it in your blender or bullet, though.  Add a bit of water and blend to the consistency you want, then pour them into your storage containers.

Phase III:  Storage and Freezing

As mentioned in my first post, there are a few different options when it comes to the containers used to store your baby food.  If you have baby food jars, you can use those.  Or there are many companies that sell baby food containers, plastic or glass, especially made for storing and freezing.  You can also use your ice cube tray, something I’ll also demonstrate in a minute.

These Green Sprouts Containers are the containers I use:

They are the perfect size, 2 ounces each.  I can pull the containers out of the freezer the night before using them and let them thaw.  The next morning they’re ready to go!


Freezing in an Ice Cube Tray

When using your ice cube tray, pour the pureed or mashed food into each cube.

Let it freeze for a few hours or until it’s solid, then dump the frozen cubes into a freezer bag.  Now it’s all ready to thaw later on!   Another great idea for these cubes is to stuff one frozen into a mesh baby feeder.  An easy way to give your baby a popsicle!

Baby food will keep in the freezer for 3-6 months, but I recommend using it sooner than that if possible.  If your baby is as hungry as my little guy, you won’t have any trouble with that.  :)  You can keep the food in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Don’t forget about making homemade rice cereal, too!  I don’t freeze this because it’s so easy to make up on the stove whenever you want it, but it can be done.  It doesn’t freeze quite as well as pureed baby food, though – it can be a little grainy.  However, if you run it through the food processor before freezing it’ll freeze better.

I hope that this series has encouraged you to start making your own baby food!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments, or share your own experiences!

What’s your baby’s favorite food?   Isaac LOVES sweet potatos.

He doesn’t love peas.  ;-)


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6 Responses to How to Make & Store Homemade Baby Food (Part 2: Cooking & Freezing!)

  • LOVE it! Thanks for the follow up post. I’m SO excited to try it. I already have my magic bullet and I bought some ice cube trays. I don’t “want” my baby to grow up, but how exciting to feed him fresh fruits and vegetables :) Also, I love the momtastic site. very good info on there! I also bought the book “Super Baby Food” by Ruth Yaron. Awesome read. I actually got it used on amazon for a couple bucks. Another good buy/read.

  • Oh, and PS…in the Super Baby Food book she talks about using avacodo as a great first food…

  • Lindsey,
    I recently purchased the Beaba Babycook and I am very excited to make food for my son. I have searched and searched and searched to find reviews on baby food storage and have come up with NOTHING! Which do you prefer– food frozen in ice cube trays or the Green Sprouts containers?
    Thanks!
    Katy

    • You know, I like them both… I guess the containers are more convenient, though. I can take the entire container out of the freezer, take the lid off, and leave it on the counter to thaw. The ice cubes would have to be put in something to thaw. But really, they both work well. :)

  • Your peas looked so smooth! When I did mine, the skin of the peas wouldn’t fully blend and I was left with lots of chunks. How did you get yours to blend so well?

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