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Making your own baby food

Posted on December 03 2015

babyfood in bowls

With a little time and the right ingredients, you can whip up food for your baby at home. This can help you save money, and will also give you full control over the ingredients of your little one's food. If you rarely find free time, make baby food in bulk and store it with your vacuum sealer and freezer for later use. You can even use FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bags that are just the right size for a serving of baby food so they're easy to open and use when you need them, no matter what time of day or night your baby needs to be fed. Here are a few recipes for baby food that you can make at home:

Apricot Puree

According to Wholesome Baby Food, this recipe is appropriate for babies from 6 to 8 months old. You will need:

  • 1 pound dried apricots
  • 2 cups of white grape, pear or apple juice

Boil the liquid and the fruit together and let them simmer for 15 minutes. Puree with your choice of appliance, such as a food processor or blender, until the mixture is smooth and thin. If you would like, you can add cooked cereal such as oats, rice or barley to thicken the mixture. Note that puree will not freeze solid, but will become only slightly frozen. You may wish to freeze it in an ice cube tray first and then seal these cubes in your vacuum sealer bag.

Orange Puree

Despite its name, this recipe from Parenting doesn't involve oranges. Instead, it uses yams and carrots to create a puree high in vitamins A and C that is also a great source of fiber. To make it, you will need:

  • 1 yam, peeled and cubed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water

In a pot, cover the vegetables with cold water and boil them until they are very tender, which should take about 25 minutes. Drain the mixture and puree it in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of water until it is very smooth, or around 1 minute. If you need to, you can add another tablespoon of water. This will freeze in much the same way the apricot puree above will, so consider ice cube trays here as well.

There's no reason these purees should be limited to babies, either. If you have picky toddlers or even school-aged children, you can add fruit and vegetable purees to other foods, like pasta, pizza and more, to make sure they get the nutrients they need. When these purees are in easy-to-use cubes in a vacuum sealer bag, sneaking in a few healthy vitamins is very simple. Experiment with different fruits, vegetables and grains.

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