How to Prepare and Store Baby Food | Best First Foods
I love making Eden his baby food! Not only is it really easy, but I like knowing exactly what my baby is eating. Organic is the best for your little one, this means the fruit and veggies were grown without any chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimilants, or pesticides. It's really not much more expensive than non organic, so I think it's definitly worth it! Here are five of the best first foods for your baby and why:
Avocados - They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, monounsaturated fats, and enzymes.
Carrots - This was Eden's first food and he loves them! They're loaded with vitamin A, beta kerotine, and a lot of babies like them because they have a sweet taste.
Pears - Pears are the least acidic fruit, and they have vitamin c, vitamin k, magnesium, and copper.
Bananas - They have Calcium, magnesium, potassium, and are really easy to digest.
Squash - Squash contain vitamin B-6, vitamin C, magnesium and are also easier for babies to digest than some other veggies.
With the avocado, bananas, and pears, you don't have to steam them if they're soft enough. Just mash them together and add some filtered water, depending on what consistency your baby likes. You can mix bananas and avocados, pears and bananas. Test it out and see what your little likes, Thats the fun part! I love when Eden loves what I'm feeding him but it cracks me up when he doesn't like it and makes those funny faces and sounds. He's like "Ew mom, seriously?"
I'm going to show you how I made some carrot baby food today. As you can see, its a nice big bag of organic carrots.
First I wash them in a colander, just to make sure they're nice and clean.
Make sure to peel them and get off that outer layer!
Roughly chop them up, they don't need to be perfect. Make sure to discard the end, and place them in your steamer basket.
Add filtered water to a large pot, and fill it to just below just below the steamer basket. You will use the water that you steamed with later.
I first put the burner on high and once it starts boiling, I turn it down to low. Let them steam for about 20 minutes and then stick a fork in one, they should be very soft.
I used a small ninja blender, but you can use any blender. Put the steamed veggies in and use a turkey baster to get some of the liquid out of the pot, which now has vitamins and minerals in it, and put it in with your veggies. I usually use quite a bit, because Eden likes his food pretty watery.
Now blend it up! If it's too thick just add more water.
Put them in some freezer safe containers and your'e done! I got these containers at Buy Buy Baby but I've been wanting these because you just pop the frozen food out, and heat it on the stove. With mine, I have to defrost them some first, so those seem a little bit easier.
Never heat your baby food, or try not to with any food for that matter, in the microwave. It practically kills any nutrition in the food. Here's an article I came across about it, sounds pretty legit to me! I know you have to use one sometimes, but I try to reheat things like chili, soup, tea, etc. on the stove because it's not too inconvenient. Or maybe I'm just paranoid. Who knows! Anyway, I'm getting off track! Back to baby food!
For optimal quality and nutrition, freeze your baby food for a maximum of 3 months. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 48 hours, but no more than 72 hours.
I hope you give it a try, its fun! You can also mix carrots with squash or yams, or make peas. As long as you're feeding your baby nutritious veggies and some fruits you can't go wrong!