Guest post – Make your own baby food
If you make your own baby food, you will find it is quite simple, efficient, and can really save you on the cost of jarred food. You can use fresh ingredients you have on hand, and it is a great option for health conscious parents that want to know exactly what their child is consuming. By making the food yourself, you also get your child used to eating the foods you eat, and this will work in helping them make better food choices as they get older. However, it is paramount to ask the paediatrician about the baby’s first meal, to avoid any unpleasant situations such as allergies or indigestion.
Equipment you need
You need to have some tool to puree and grind the foods, some options include:
– A food mill, allowing you to make different textures for different foods. This hand mill is easy to use, and a top choice by many parents.
– An all in one baby food maker; this does it all. From steaming the foods, to defrosting, heating, and pureeing the foods, you don’t have to do any of the work yourself.
– Baby food grinders are a cheap option, and easy way to break down the foods they eat. They are portable and easy to use, but you can’t choose the texture of certain foods. Before buying, you should read reviews, since not all products work as well as the manufacturers claim they do.
– A hand blender which is an easy to use tool you place in the food, to grind and puree the meals.
– Food processors or blenders are also easy options to turn to.
– A fork. This is something everyone has at home, and can easily mash bananas, potatoes, or other foods you want to make, when making your own baby food.
Other supplies to choose when making foods
You should have storage containers or ice cube trays that are made specifically for baby food, so you can store the extra contents. You also have to make sure you use the freshest fruits and produce. When you purchase, you should use the items within a couple days of purchasing them, for the freshest taste. If you can’t find fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen is a good choice as well.
Some good food options to start with include: apricots, pears, apples, pears, mangoes, and blueberries. For the vegetables you can include: asparagus, avocado, peas and carrots, potatoes, and squash. You don’t have to limit yourself to these choices, but they are easy to use. There are several recipes you can use to help you decide on the right foods to make for your child.
Minimizing nitrate exposure
When too much nitrate, found in water and soil, is consumed by your child, it can result in a form of anemia. Well water is usually the most abundant in nitrate, but certain vegetables also contain high quantities of nitrate as well. Avoiding spinach, squash, and green beans, is advised to parents with children under the age of 3 months.
To limit exposure you should:
– Test well water if it is used (should be 10 ppm or less).
– Use fresh produce right away, as nitrate exposure increases over time, unless foods are frozen.
– Try frozen, rather than fresh vegetables, to limit exposure.
Baby food producers check the foods and levels of nitrate before packaging and selling, so most of their foods are free of this substance.
By making your own baby food you will save money whilst providing fresh and nutritious meals to your baby.
Sandra Melo is a blogger to robertdyas.co.uk, a hardware retailer that provides household electrical and kitchenware.