Posts Tagged ‘homemade baby food’

Homemade Baby Food – Seasonal & Sumptuous!

August 13, 2009

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Every season has its sumputous fruits and vegetables.  We all love to endulge in them and even get creative when preparing them.  There is nothing like fresh fruit that is in season, straight from the farmers market! 

As adults we love this, it tickles our palate and foodies enjoy seasonal offerings just that much more.  Well, babies are the same as us!  They love the textures, smells and tastes of seasonal sensations. 

For instance, you can add simply delicious seasonal peaches to the old favorite, apple sauce making “peachy apple sauce”.

Ingredients:

1 large apple

1 large peach

2 tablespoons of water

In a small saucepan cook the fruit for 5-8 minutes or until very tender.  Put the cooked fruit into a blender and blend using the pulse button a few times until the mixture is smooth.

Extra servings can be frozen for future meals but don’t forget to freeze them in portions.

Making Homemade Baby Food – Economical, Easy & Appetizing!

July 24, 2009

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Homemade baby food….sounds so easy doesn’t it?  Actually it really is! 

When first starting to prepare homemade baby food you can get a bit overwhelmed.  There are tons of cookbooks for homemade baby food, websites galore tooting the best and easiest recipes. 

Before you start your cookbook library on homemade baby food or bookmark your favorite websites take a moment to decide why you want to make your own baby food.  If you are looking for an ecomonical alternative to store bought baby food you will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of money you will actually save!  If you are looking to feed your baby the best, most nourishing food possible you are absolutely doing the right thing.

Homemade baby food is surprisingly easy to prepare, doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day, you can freeze food and use it as you need it and you always know what is in the food you are feeding your baby.  The satisfaction of watching your baby grow and develope with homemade baby food is priceless!

Here are a few simple guidelines to follow when preparing homemade baby food:
 * pick only the freshest ingredients and when possible use organic

 * make small batches and freeze them in one serving size containers

 * remember, the more colorful the vegetable or fruit the more nutrients

 * puree and blend your baby’s food as creatively as your baby’s age allows

 * be sure to label the date on all homemade baby food that is being frozen, freeze homemade baby food for up to one month

Easy Homemade Baby Food Recipes:

Pureed Fruit – no need to measure for homemade pureed fruit.  Take one apple, peel and core it, chop into dices and steam in a scant amount of water, in a pot on the stove, until tender then mash into a texture appropriate for your infant.  If you need to create a more thin apple(sauce) puree, simply add more liquid and blend.

Want to try bananas…easy:  peel a ripe banana, slice into small pieces, transfer the pieces to a bowl and then grab a fork and mash the banana. 

Mix bananas and apples …get creative!  It really is that easy!

Teething Biscuits – The Homemade Kind!

February 24, 2009

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Today is teething day at petiteposh.com!

In addition to the previous information posted about teething I thought you may like to try your hand at making homemade teething biscuits.  If you are already making homemade baby food you will be sure to find these teething biscuits a wonderful addition to your recipe collection.

Most babies that are in the early teething stages are not yet eating eggs.  With that in mind I picked this recipe for eggless teething biscuits.
Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup dry infant rice cereal with bananas (or other flavored or
unflavored infant cereal)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
ice water

Directions:
Preheat oven 425F
Mix flour and cereal.
Gradually stir in oil. Mix a little ice water at a time (start with 1/4 cup) until dough begins to form a ball and pull away from the bowl.
Roll out to the thickness of a cracker on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 10-12 min. or until lightly brown. Cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. (you may want to try 1/2 plain and 1/2 flavored baby cereal as the taste when using full flavored baby cereal is very strong!)

7 Ways to Save Money When You Have A Baby (tip #3)

January 15, 2009

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Baby food…with allergy concerns and wanting to save a bit of money there is no easier way to put your mind at easy than making homemade baby food.

It is so very important to your baby’s growth that he be fed the most nutritious food available.  Don’t forget, over the next few years your baby is growing at a very rapid rate.  Babies develop in the first 3 years both physically and intellectually and we want to help maximize that development in any way we can.

Processed baby food have added sugars, starches and water.  Using this ingredients is in no way bad or harmful to baby but they dilute the vitamins and nutrients in the food.  Baby food is then cooked at a very high temperature so that they can be stored in jars at room temperature.  The cooking process kills bacteria so that storing the jars is not an issue.  The problem with this is that vitamins and nutrients are killed in the process

It is so simple and takes no more than 30 minutes a week.  Why not give your baby a great start with homemade baby food.  You will have full control over what goes into the homemade baby food. You will be assured of the freshness and quality of the ingredients.   Homemade baby food allows you to combine flavors, control textures and be in control of you baby’s diet.  Homemade baby food put you in control of your baby’s eating habits, simply and easily.

The Homemade Baby Food Kit by Fresh Baby shows you how easy making homemade baby food is.

Here is a simple way to make homemade baby food -

sweet potato puree

1) wash, peel and chop one sweet potato

2) place sweet potatoes + 2 tbs of water in a microwavable dish and cover.  Microwave 8-10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.

3) Puree, add 1/4 -1/2 cup water to make a smooth texture.

4) Spoon into So Easy Baby Food trays and freeze.

This homemade sweet potatoe puree for baby stays fresh in the freezer for 2 months.

To serve, take frozen cubes from the freezer, defrost, warm and serve….don’t forget to check the temperature of the food before serving.

Home Made Baby Food

April 17, 2008

 

Home made baby food is not only simple to make but is nutritious , healthy, allows you to offer baby a variety of tastes at a fraction of the cost.  Best of all, making your own baby food gives you peace of mind, knowing exactly what is in the food you feed your most precious little one. 

My children are now grown, I don’t really enjoying cooking (ok, I really hate cooking!) but I do love to bake.  I have always baked home made cookies and cakes.  This has always allowed me to make nutritious snacks without the fillers and unhealthy additives that store bought snacks have.

Here are a few guidelines for making baby food:

1) Prepare larger quantities of basic pureed food and freeze them in ice cube trays.  Freezing keeps all the nutrients in the food and the ice cube trays allows portion control without waste.

2)Wash fruits and vegetables without detergent so that there is no possibility of residue left on the food.  Using frozen fruits and vegetables is a wonderful and easy alternative.

3)To save time and keep the nutrients in, cook the food in the microwave.  It is clean, easy and fast.  The food is done when you can pierce or mash the food with a fork.

4)Puree the food in a food processor or blender.  When the food is smooth it is done.  If you have to add some liquid to the food to make the texture and consistance smooth.

5)Pour into ice cube trays and depending on the food it will freeze within 8-12 hours.

When feeding time is upon you, thaw and feed!  I find that food at room temperature is tastier than cold but that is entirely up to you.

Simple Solutions

April 4, 2008

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If you are like me you are toying with the idea of making your own baby food.  Sounds so complicated and with so many things to do making baby food is not at the top of the list.  Multi tasking?  Not enough apron strings? 

Making baby food doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.  Try starting with something simple like a fruit mixture.  Here are a few mixtures that I find delicious and remember, babies don’t need the extra sugar, that is an adult thing .  Let them get used to the different tastes and textures of food without the additives.

  • Green peas and sweet potatoes
  • Green beans and white potatoes
  • Broccoli, cauliflower and melted cheese
  • Butternut squash, corn and mashed tofu
  • Peaches, pears and rice cereal
  • Mango, Papaya and banana
  • Raspberries, apples, yogurt and ground walnuts

And don’t forget to label the fresh food with the date so that you know when it is time to eat it or get rid of it.  Check out the “Days ago” digital counters that you can attach to your baby food ( or any food).  Take all the guess work out of the count down!

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Messing around with baby.

March 11, 2008

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I was searching around for ideas and simple recipes for homemade baby food and found this one for teething biscuits. Looks simple and easy for even the novice baker. The thing I like best about making my own baby food is that I know exactly what ingredients are in the baby food. No hidden ingredients, no unpronouncable words.

Funny thing is that no matter how “solid” or “mess free” the food appears baby just about always succeeds in getting food all over, I mean ALL OVER!  Face, neck, inside those little folds on the neck, hair, eyes, and lets not forget clothing….all over! 

petiteposh.com now carries an adorable line of waterproof bibs!

Teething Biscuit Recipes – Vanilla Teether Shapes (DAIRY FREE)

1 egg, beaten
4oz sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4oz flour
Preheat the oven to 325 deg F, 160 deg C.
Place the egg in a bowl and stir in the sugar and vanilla.
Add the flour and stir in, until the dough is stiff.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface, then cut into shapes.
Allow to stand for 12 hours.
Bake until golden and hard.

Puree is not just for pipsqueaks

March 5, 2008
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  • Here is one very yummy baby food recipe.  Don’t let the coriander scare you, it adds a great flavor and teaches baby that different foods taste great.  Don’t be a picky eater, try everything!
  •  Carrots, Lentils and Coriander Puree 
  • 12 oz carrots
  • 6 oz potato
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/4 cup formula or breastmilk

Directions

Trim and peel the carrots and potatoes and then chop into small cubes and place in a saucepan. Rinse the lentils thoroughly, discarding any black hits.

Add the lentils, coriander and milk to the pan and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 4 minutes, until the lentils are very soft. Top up with a little extra hot water if necessary.

Purfe or sieve the vegetable and lentil mixture until smooth.

Spoon a little into a bowl. Test the temperature and cool if necessary, before giving to baby.

Cover the remaining puree and transfer to the fridge as soon as possible. Use within 24 hours.

(btw, did I mention that I can’t stop eating today, between meals, at meals, all the time….what’s that all about?)???

Baby food basics

March 4, 2008

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 When my children were babies I used to make all their baby food from scratch.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely HATE cooking, but for some reason this gave me enjoyment.  With all of the news today about bacteria in food and contaminated food  I wonder why more people don’t make their own baby food.  It is soooooo easy!

For example, why would you buy a jar of mushed bananas when  you can purchase an organic ( or otherwise) banana, mush it yourself with a fork until it is almost liquidy and have fresh banana food for baby? It is a fraction of the cost and it is fresh with all the nutrients still in tact!

 Try to buy only certified organic bananas, because bananas (and all imported fruits) are sprayed with fungicides which can be absorbed into the peel and flesh of the fruit.  And if the banana just won’t mush to the consistency that you want try adding a bit of formula or breast milk to make it just a bit more liquidy.

If you found this helpful or would like a certain recipe just let me know!


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