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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.

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.

Messy Baby….Homemade Cereal

September 23, 2008

Making homemade baby cereal doesn’t have to be complicated.  Ever the most “cooking challenged” can manage this easy recipe!

1/4 cup of ground oats (do NOT use instant or Quick Cook), ground in blender or food processor
3/4 cup – 1 cup water

1. Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the oatmeal powder while stirring constantly.
3. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired
3. Serve warm.

Now the real challenge is keeping baby clean during meal time!  Check out these fabulous, easy to wear baby bibs.

 

Available at www.petiteposh.com in pink or blue

Food Allergies in Children

April 19, 2008

 

After learning, making and writing about home made baby food I realized that I have been led to an important issue.  The issue being food allergies.  Here in North American it seems that food allergies are more prevelant every year.  When I was growing up food allergies were almost unheard of.  When my children were growing up food allergies were becoming known and now food allergies are up there on the top 10 list of things to be aware of.  Children suffering from food allergies is becoming more and more the norm.  Schools are now nut free, guests at birthday parties come with warnings.

Here are a few ways to cope with allergies in your family.

1) First things first….. make your home alergy proof! Read the label of each and every product purchased.  If you purchase any food that contains ingredients that a member of your family is allergic to, clearly label it or make a separate shelf for those foods.

2) Play it safe, buy allergy free foods.  There are a number of companies now that offer nut free, gluten free and dairy free as well as egg free foods and snacks.  Do a little research to see which companies offer these.  Send away for free samples to try them out.

3) Make sure that your childs school is aware of any allergies he or she may have.  Work with them to establish an allergy free zone.  Make sure there is an emergency plan and easy access to any medications if the need sure arise.

4) When your child is old enough and understands, teach them self administer their epinephrine.  They should carry a self-injectable epinephrine at all times. Check with the school nurse and your doctor for approval.  You should also teach your child to read all food labels and understand what ingredients are harmful to their health.

5) Whenever you eat out take a list of food allergies, this is an easy way to inform the server and chef of any ingredients that cannot be in the food ordered.  Take this list along when traveling or even if your child is visiting a friend.

And finally, remember you are not alone.  There are many support groups in your area offering emotional support as well as tips for having an easier time with food allergies. 

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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March 24, 2008

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 Easter is over today and Passover is slowly creeping up on us.  Keeping a kosher home with small children can be no easy feat!  I was looking through recipes and reading through articles and found this baby food cereal recipe that is kosher for Passover.

I found this on oukosher.org

  

Baby Rice Cereals

There is possible chometz in most baby rice cereals, so the OU cannot recommend them for Passover use. However, there is no problem owning rice and making your own cereal over Passover.

One should make the cereal using a special non-Pesach, non-chametz pot, and this special pot (and any special utensils used for the cereal) should not be washed together with the Pesach dishes. You can Kasher a pot before Passover and dedicate it for making the rice real over Passover.

Similiarly, the grinding of the rice should not be done in a Passover grinder on Passover. You can grind the rice in a clean chometz grinder before Passover or purchase a dedicated grinder for use over Passover.

Sample Recipe:
Rice Cereal
1. 1/4 c. rice powder [brown or white (not enriched) rice ground in blender, food processor, or coffee grinder].
2. 1 cup water.
3. Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.
4. Simmer covered for 10 minutes, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired
5. Serve warm.

Looking for a new outfit for your little one for Passover? These lovely spring jackets are just in!

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Baby Food Blues.

March 12, 2008

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 Today I was listening to the radio and hear there is another, yes, another recall on baby and toddler juice.  Pear juice! 

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaws Inc. are warning people not to drink certain pear juices for toddlers because the products may be contaminated with arsenic.”*

I know that some parents worry about making their own baby food.  Preparation and storage are always a concern.  We are constantly told that everything must be sterilised for baby. So here are a few tips that are easy to follow:

Always wash your hands before you start. Yes, it sound obvious, but so many of us forget to do it.
Make sure you wash your pots, pans and utensils in hot, soapy water. Then air-dry them, instead of using a tea towel
Wash vegetables and fruit with cold, running water
Try to use separate cutting boards, one for “animal” products like meat and fish and another for fruits, vegetables and bread. If you only have one board, wash it when you switch from one food type to another. Plastic or glass boards are best – wooden ones tend to harbour bacteria
Refrigerate freshly cooked baby food within 2 hours. Bacteria can grow at room temperature after this time

If you are worried that you will forget when you refrigerated certain food try the Days Ago Digital Counter.  The Days Ago Digital Day Counter lets you know how many days ago you opened it, closed it, stored it, sauced it, watered it, changed it, and more. While the Days Ago is useful for tracking elapsed days of food freshness, for baby days and beyond!
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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.