Preppers are willing to try just about anything to prepare food in advance and cut out processed foods and packaging. Making homemade baby food is one of the easiest ways to eliminate processed foods in the home.
Babies can eat far more than oats or rice cereal (our pediatrician actually recommended avoiding cereals for the first year). The jars of baby food at the grocery store may provide some nutrition, but in the end, they will never be as healthy as homemade baby food.
I was intimidated by the idea of making my own baby food until I realized just how easy it can be. All you really need is a blender or food processor, and if you practice baby-led weaning, you may not even need that.
How to Prepare Baby Food
Chop your food into smaller pieces to help it cook faster.
Cook your food by boiling it or baking it in the oven (my preferred method).
Cook the food until it is mushy and about the consistency of mashed potatoes. To get this consistency, you may have to over-cook some foods (like sweet potatoes or carrots).
Blend the food in the blender until it reaches a puree consistency.
Try mixing a few different flavors of vegetables, fruit, or meat if you want to get really fancy. You can even add a bit of herbs or spices to add flavor to the purees.
After the purees cool, use one of the storage methods below to save the food until baby is ready to eat.
Foods to Try
- Sweet potato
Foods to Avoid
- Citrus fruit
- Peanut butter (if you have a family history of peanut allergies)
- Eggs (if you have a family history of egg allergies)
Homemade Baby Food Storage Tips
We often served our baby her food right after we made it, but for long-term storage, there is more than one option.
Option 1: Freezing
If you have a lot of storage space, freezing baby food is easy. You can freeze the baby food purees in ice cube trays, then pop them out of the tray and place them in another container for eating later. Thaw out a cube or two per day, and you have easy baby food on hand at all times.
Option 2: Canning
If you prefer to can food rather than freeze it, canning baby food works the same way as canning any other food. Pick the smallest jars you can find so that you don’t waste food when you open the jar. Open cans should be good if refrigerated for 2-3 days after opening.
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Homemade Baby Food is Healthy and Delicious
Rather than simply serving bland baby food from the grocery store, homemade baby food gives babies a chance to live a healthy life right from the start. It’s easy for preppers to do!
Have you made your own baby food? What is your favorite preparation/storage method?