Make Organic Homemade Baby Food

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Advanced technological breakthroughs have brought us so many choices when it comes to various products. Food products these days are already made according to the needs of the busy consumer. They are filled with preservatives such as salts and sugars. Components like these are to blame for the growing rate of child obesity. That is why many modern parents prefer to make their own homemade baby food - to help introduce the right kind of nutrients to their children at a young age.

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The organic ingredients in homemade baby food are needed to facilitate the correct development of your baby. You're definitely making a great decision in choosing to make your own homemade baby food because giving your child the right things to eat is a huge part of being a responsible parent.

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Benefits of making homemade baby food

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Your baby is already in that inevitable stage of eating solid food. This is the time when you have to think about what foods you are going to start feeding him or her. There are many famous baby food brands out there, waiting on the grocery shelves, but making your own baby food gives you a lot more knowledge on where your baby's health is going. Below are some of the benefits of making homemade baby food:

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    You know what you feed your baby.
    With homemade baby food, you know you are not feeding your baby preservatives and other chemicals.
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    It's economical.
    Pre-packed baby food may seem affordable, but if you add the costs to your everyday budget, you'll find that these product can be expensive.
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    You can choose your food ingredients.
    As the responsible parent, you have the opportunity to choose the types of food items that go into your baby's meals. You won't have to depend on the artificial flavors that baby food companies choose to use.
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    You help your baby get used to what the family eats.
    If you eat healthy meals as a family, you can just transform portions of your daily meals into puree form for your baby. This will help your baby acclimate to your family's tastes.
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    The nutrients in your baby's food are mostly retained.
    Processed baby foods are cooked in extremely high temperatures. The process kills the bacteria (for the food to keep longer) but also gets rid of the delicious flavors and essential nutrients that your baby needs.
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    It makes you think of your child's nutrition more.
    If you prepare your baby's food, it programs you to be more concerned and conscious about what your child eats as he or she grows older.
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What you need for making homemade baby food

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The main equipment that you need for making homemade baby food is a steamer and a food grinder. A steamer is essential because it preserves most of the food's nutrients. There are simple food mills and grinders that you can buy exclusively for making homemade baby food. However, you could also procure specialized baby food makers that include blending, steaming, defrosting, and warming your baby's food. If you already have a potato masher or a food processor, just get a steamer and all is well. You could also consult baby food cookbooks but you don't really have to make them your main references.

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How to make your own healthy baby food

It may sound tedious and time consuming, but making your own baby food at home is actually very easy. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

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    Clean your equipment and wash your hands thoroughly.
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    Scrub your fruits and vegetables, and then peel them.
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    Steam or microwave your ingredients to preserve the majority of their nutrients.
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    Place the ingredients in a food processor and puree with baby formula, breast milk, or water.
    You can also mash it if your baby wants a bit more texture.
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    Store the finished baby food in the freezer or refrigerator in airtight food containers.
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    Re-warm the baby food when it's time for your baby to eat.
    Cool a little before serving.
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How to prepare and cook meat for baby food

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As you may know, meats are more challenging for your baby to digest than vegetables and fruits. However, you can easily incorporate meats into your baby's food with the right method of tenderizing, cooking, and pureeing. By doing so, the connective tissues and fibers in meats will be more digestible for your baby. The following are some of the basic things you have to consider when preparing and cooking meats for baby food:

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    Remember to tenderize your meat completely.
    Remove all the fat that you can see and place the lean meat in between plastic wraps or wax paper. Use a heavy frying pan, a big rolling pin, or a standard meat mallet to flatten the meat from a quarter to half an inch. Just be careful not to tear the meat.
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    Marinate the meat.
    You can marinate the meat in apple juice, or you can simmer the meat in apple juice to tenderize and cook it at the same time.
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    Don't let your meat dry out.
    If this happens, the meat will not be very appealing to your baby at all.
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    Consider using the meat that you cook for your casseroles or stews.
    This meat breaks down easily, and is very tender and very tasty.
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    Cook fried meats on low heat.
    This ensures a fully-cooked meat.
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    Try to cook meat in an aluminum foil.
    This accelerates the cooking process. You could also incorporate vegetables and herbs into the aluminum parcel. Cooking time depends on how thick the meat is.
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    Another option is to simmer the meat in stock or broth.
    You can also include vegetables so that you can make your baby's entire meal set in one.
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How to puree meat for your homemade baby food

Pureeing meat is the most effective way of introducing meat to your baby. Pureeing makes the meat easy to swallow and digest. Recent studies show that when meat is finely ground, the meat is absorbed by your baby's body more easily. This is a very valuable discovery, especially if your baby has special iron needs. Keep the following tips in mind when you puree your baby food meat:

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    Grind the meat thoroughly.
    Cool the meat completely first, then slice it into small portions and process it until it appears powdery.
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    Puree meat while it is still warm.
    You can pour in a bit of broth to make this task easier.
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    You can add sweet potato to the meat.
    This prevents the meat from being stringy.
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Food safety tips for introducing meats to your baby

Take note of the following when preparing the meats you want your baby to eat:

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    Do not give undercooked meats to your baby.
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    Do not microwave your meats for your baby.
    The microwave's cooking process causes the meat to cook at the edges even before the middle is completely thawed. This leads to unevenly cooked meat, which can result in food poisoning.
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    You can thaw meat, cook your baby food with it, then freeze the finished baby food.
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    Avoid processed meats such as deli meats, hot dogs, ham, or bacon.
    They have additives or dairy products that may trigger allergies.
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How to make homemade baby food recipes

Here are some simple recipes that you can try for your baby's first taste of home-cooked meals. Enjoy making them and enjoy watching your baby love each bite!

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    Sweet White Potato Mash
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    1. What you need:  
      1. 1 sweet potato (peeled, diced)
      2. 1 white baking potato ( peeled, diced)
      3. 1/8 cup of unsalted butter
      4. 1 garlic clove (minced)
      5. ¼ cup of milk formula or breast milk
      6. 2 ounces of cheddar cheese (grated)
      7. A pinch of black pepper (ground)
    2. How you make it:  
      1. Preheat the oven (180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit).
      2. Boil the potatoes in a saucepan until they're tender.
      3. Drain the potatoes and place them in a bowl.
      4. Mash them up with milk, pepper, butter, and garlic.
      5. Place the mixture in a baking dish and top it with cheese.
      6. Bake until the cheese is brown.
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    Quick Chicken and Vegetables
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    1. What you need:  
      1. ¼ cup chicken (sliced into small pieces)
      2. ¼ cup of broccoli florets
      3. 1 small carrot (peeled, diced)
      4. Water or homemade chicken stock
    2. How you make it:  
      1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan.
      2. Cover the ingredients with stock or water.
      3. Simmer until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
      4. Drain and set aside the broth.
      5. Puree the drained ingredients using some of the broth you set aside. Aim for a thinner texture.
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    Homemade Ice Cream
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    1. What you need:  
      1. Half of a Hass avocado (pitted, diced)
      2. 2 bananas (ripe, peeled, sliced into cubes)
      3. 1 teaspoon of vanilla
      4. 5 large strawberries (ripe, hulled, halved)
      5. 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
      6. 1/3 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
      7. NOTES: Use blueberries if you are worried about allergies developing from strawberries. Coconuts are good for your baby and it gives the ice cream a lot of flavor too.
    2. How you make it:  
      1. Blend all the ingredients in your food processor.
      2. Place in a food container with cover.
      3. Freeze the mixture and remove from the freezer after an hour.
      4. Blend the mixture again to make it smoother.
      5. Place the mixture again in a covered food container and freeze it. Remove from the freezer after an hour.
      6. Mix it by hand and put it back into the freezer.
      7. Continue the stir and freeze method every hour until the ice cream mixture is firm enough.
      8. Harden for 24 hours, but place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes (to soften it a little) before you serve it to your baby.
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Tips

  • Talk to your pediatrician about your homemade baby food recipes.
  • Get small sized food containers for your baby food.
  • Discuss food allergies with your doctor.
  • Make sure that the meat is cooked thoroughly without skin or connective tissue before pureeing it.
  • You can also puree cooked eggs and beans.
  • Set aside a portion of your everyday dishes and puree it for your baby.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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