What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies such as lotions and creams. It is also important to monitor what you are feeding your baby because parents control their diet. All ages from newborns, toddlers, teens, and adults, can live a healthy lifestyle and control the ingredients used in the foods that are prepared for them to eat. You can control what's in your baby's food by making your own baby food at home. This will ensure a completely organic diet because you control how the food is being made. Here are some ways to make your own baby food and store it properly.
First and foremost for the food to be natural, you must use organic grown fruits or vegetables. Natural baby products are the healthiest to use. If the ingredients are not organic, the purpose of making your baby's food is not as powerful because you would be subjecting your baby to pesticides that may be used by inorganic farmers. The chemicals can have long term negative effects on the health of your baby. Organic produce is chemical free and better for you and your child. Even though you are using organic produce, be sure to wash the fruits or vegetables thoroughly to remove any dirt.
I would recommend buying fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season so that your baby can try different types of foods. However, if there is a certain food that your baby likes and it's not in season, you can buy frozen organic produce. Frozen produce is just as good as fresh because of the freezing process that is used.
Once the produce is washed, boil or steam it to the consistency your baby is able to eat. For example, when your baby is just starting out on solid foods, the homemade baby food should be very mushy. So you can cook the produce longer than you normally would. If you are using frozen produce, follow the cooking instructions provided and allow additional cooking time to make sure it is soft enough for the consistency you want. Keep in mind that some fruits will not need to be cooked such as bananas.
After the vegetables or fruits are cooked, you can now puree the ingredients. You can do a mixture of vegetables or fruits or even combine some fruits and vegetables. You can puree the ingredients in a blender, food processor, or by hand with a whisk. It will be easier to use either a blender or food processor and the baby food will come out smoother. If your baby has been eating solid foods for a while and you do not need to the food to be so mushy, then blending by hand would be a good option.
Once you have prepared the homemade baby food, you can now store it in jars, ice cube trays, or Tupperware. Ice cube trays are ideal because of portion control. Usually one ice cube is a serving of food for a small baby. Freezing the food will make it last longer and will avoid bacteria. If you want to refrigerate the food, only keep it refrigerated for 2 to 3 days in glass jars or Tupperware. After a few days the food can spoil because there are not preservatives in it.