The costs of having a baby can be high, especially if you feed your baby organic food. You could be spending up to $100 a month on organic baby food. So why not use your blender to make your own at home?
Babies eat most of the same nutritious foods as we eat. The only difference is that they need to have it pureed and separated into smaller portions. They don’t need all of the extra salt, sugar, and seasoning that adults demand at the dinner table.
If you’re an organic household, you could make delicious organic food for your baby at 1/10 of the cost of buying it in jars. If this is your first time making organic baby food in a blender, follow these 6 tips for a happy and healthy baby.
Before you start your home baby food factory, be sure you know what your baby likes. As much as you might love sweet potatoes around your house, your baby might hate them. Don’t make a big batch of sweet potatoes until you’ve given some to your baby.
It could also take some time for your baby to adjust to a new food. Don’t trust a baby’s taste buds until you’ve tried two or three times and they absolutely won’t eat a certain food.
If you’ve made 20 jars of something they don’t like, it looks like you’ll be packing something special in your work lunches for the next few weeks.
You don’t need to do as much blending with foods that are already soft. Ripe bananas and avocados are already in good enough shape to eat with just a little mashing.
Run them through your blender just to make sure they’re at a good consistency for your baby. In under a minute, you should be able to make fine work of a couple of ripened bananas.
It can be a great help to have some frozen veggies on hand for when you’re whipping something up in the kitchen. They could come in handy just the same when you need to feed the baby.
Quickly steaming your vegetables on the stove or microwave can prepare them to be mashed in the blender. It should only take about 30 seconds in the blender to get them pureed to the right baby consistency. Use a little water from your steaming to get them to the right consistency if they’re still too thick.
After they’ve cooled, you should have a nice quick batch of organic baby food ready to eat, made in minutes.
Steaming vegetables is probably the best way to prep veggies for your blender. Whether you do it on the stove top or the microwave, you’re doing the work of keeping the nutrients intact while making them baby ready.
If you don’t have one around, pick up a steamer basket next time you’re at the home goods shop. Using a basket rather than filling and draining a pot will make the whole process much easier and leave you less likely to spill boiling water.
After you’ve peeled and chopped up your vegetables, get a pot of water boiling. Add the basket to the top of the boiling water. Let them steam for a few minutes until they’re tender.
Check them with a fork and make sure they can be smashed with just that fork.
Let them cool off a little and then add them to your blender. Run the blender for a minute and get a smooth puree going. If the mixture is too thick, add some of the water you boiled with.
Add it slowly, little by little, until you feel comfortable with the consistency.
Babies require constant attention and will run through food faster than you might realize. Once you get the hang of making your own organic baby food, you’ll be able to prepare a day or two of food in advance.
Thankfully, baby food is fairly easy to prepare. With little effort, you’ll be able to make a few days’ worth of food in advance. Keep some small containers or empty baby food containers around to portion your puree.
This way you’ll be able to grab it right out of the fridge when you need it. When your baby is hungry, your sweetheart can turn into a nightmare in just the few minutes it could take to prepare food for them. Advanced prep is your best move.
Even easier than having a few days worth of food around at a time is to prepare enough that you can freeze in advance. Use ice cube trays or older food containers.
A couple of ice cubes can create the perfect serving size for your baby. When it’s time to eat, pop them out and put them in the microwave for a few seconds. Make sure it’s not too hot, mash it, and you’re ready to serve.
If your baby is napping, take out your food cubes now and let them thaw so that when they wake up hungry, you’re ready to start feeding them. If you’ve got a quiet blender, you can ensure you won’t upset your baby’s sleep while you prep for them.
If you’ve never considered making your own food but are struggling with the steep costs associated with having a baby, this could be a godsend. Even if you don’t already have a blender or an immersion blender, the investment could be well worth it. The hundreds you could save every few months will balance out the cost of your blender in no time.
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