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The simple way to prepare baby food

The simple way to prepare baby food

Buying baby food is expensive. People want the best for their children and the big companies know this. Making baby food at home is simple and cheap. Prepare the food, let it cool and toss it into a blender. Choose your ingredients according to your baby’s age and as your baby’s palate develops and mix flavors as your creativity sees fit.

This is a simple technique for making pure natural homemade baby food which works well for making purees from any type of winter squash, from root vegetables – such as carrots, potatoes, beets, or parsnips – and most fruits.

Pumpkin Purée

Yields about 1-1/2 to 2 cups of purée, depending on the size of the pumpkin.

Ingredients: 1 small pie pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and diced into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces

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Step 1: Start by cooking your food. Steaming and sous-vide cooking are the best methods to maintain the most nutrients.

Step 2: Let your cooked pumpkin cool and transfer it into the blender.

Step 3: Blend, purée, mash. . . whatever. Baby’s first foods should be as smooth as humanly possible, but as he or she progresses a few lumps won’t hurt. After all, you’re working your way up to regular foods. It is a process.

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No matter which vegetable or fruit you use, your purée will be thick after blending especially starchy things like potatoes and parsnips which end up the consistency of glue. Many parents choose to thin it before serving it to their babies. We recommend doing so upon serving and not before freezing the purée.

How To Freeze the Baby Food Purée

Old baby food jars are not suitable for freezing, they are not made of tempered glass and will crack and splinter under extreme temperatures. So once you have a nice puree, you should then transfer it into ice cube trays for freezing/storage. Fill each cube with the purée and put them into your freezer.

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When your trays of purée are frozen, transfer the cubes into the Vacuvita bags, vacuum seal and put them into your freezer. Open the bag to take what you need and simply re-seal and re-apply vacuum to ensure the longest shelf-life.

At feeding time you can add some boiled water to get it to the right consistency, however using some of your breast milk or formula to do so will give baby a nutrition boost as well as offer a familiar taste.

Take a look at our Video Blog with tips on how to best prepare and store your homemade baby food.

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