Baby Food Processing Tips

There are a number of essential factors to consider when pureeing food for your baby.
It is important to use fresh fruits and vegetables within one or two days of purchase. This will ensure that the baby food you make is of the highest quality.
Use frozen fruits and vegetables in place of fresh produce if you are unable to puree within two days of purchase. Use organic fruits and vegetables, wherever possible for babies under three months old. Always use foods that are low in sugar and also foods that do not contain corn syrup or honey.
The amount of baby food you choose should be suitable for the serving size your baby normally eats. If your baby eats far less than one cup of food per sitting, process the food anyway to save yourself time. Freeze or refrigerate the remaining portion to feed your baby later on.

Baby Food Preparation

Always wash your hands before preparing foods for your baby. Ensure your cutting board, utensils, processing equipment and storage containers have been thoroughly washed and cleansed.
It is a good idea to remove pits, seeds, and peels from certain fruits and vegetables. Fruits such as apples, peaches, and nectarines will need to have their seeds and pits removed, whereas bananas and kiwis will need to be peeled before being processed in the baby food mill. Remove the skin and fat from all meats such as chicken, and beef before cooking them and placing them in the baby food mill.
It is recommended to boil or steam fruits and vegetables to soften them before processing. You should cook hard grains according to the instructions on the manufacturer’s packaging before placing them in the baby food mill.

Certain foods such as apples potatoes and pears will be difficult to grind in the baby food processor if they are not softened beforehand, and raw meats will need to be cooked beforehand. You may need to add up to three tablespoons of water to the food before pureeing. The amount of water you add will vary depending on the consistency of the food. For example, if you boil potatoes, you may not need to add water at all. If you cook chicken you may need to add a little water.
Cut the food into pieces. Put the cooked food through the food mill. (The skin and seeds will stay in the mill.)
The amount of water you need to add to the food depends on your baby’s ability to chew. For example, if you are just beginning to introduce your baby to solid foods, you may want to add the full three tablespoons of water or more to the food you are pureeing to achieve a soup like consistency.
You should blend the food and water together in the Baby Food Mill. When the food and water mixture is well blended, you can serve it to your baby.Use a sieve or strainer to further thin homemade baby food. These utensils may be particularly useful for foods that have stubborn skins, such as peas and green beans. Put the food into the sieve or strainer and push it through into a clean bowl. Repeat the process as many times as you need.
As soon as the processed food has cooled, cover, refrigerate or freeze immediately.
Once you have processed or prepared the food in the Baby Food Mill Cover and refrigerate or freeze cooked food immediately.
Store pureed foods in the refrigerator for no more than three days.Never refreeze already frozen baby food.

Add your cooked food to your blender or food processor and blend to the consistency your baby requires. If needed, add liquids such as breast milk, formula, water or the cooking water from the food you cooked to thin out the baby food.

Storage Methods for Homemade Baby Food

Ice cube trays are An efficient and easy way to freeze homemade baby food.
Freezing in ice trays will give you food cubes that are easily portioned.
The benefit of using the food cubes method is that you have minimal waste, and will be able to “mix and match” nutritious foods for your baby.
Spoon the baby food you made into ice cube trays using a clean utensil and cover the filled trays with plastic wrap.
Once the food cubes are frozen, pop them out of the trays and store in clean freezer bags.
You can thaw the pureed baby food cubes in a microwave or in the refrigerator over night. Ensure that the cubes remain in a closed container and not in an uncovered bowl.