Everything has been commercialized today. Every business minded person is looking for opportunities to make money by creating new products. In the baby food industry alone, you will find many companies claiming to have the best nutritional foods for babies. Some of the foods may be good, but the truth is that there are those that cannot be said to be of good standards. Telling the difference between good processed baby foods from one that is not of quality is a big challenge for new moms. This is the reason why making homemade baby food is a good option. It is not only cheaper, but it is also healthier compared to processed baby foods.
Making your own homemade baby foods come with a lot of benefits and one is the fact that your baby gets to eat the same foods as the rest of the family from an earlier time and this eventually makes the weaning stage to be a lot easier.
You will need to buy appliances
When making baby food at home, there are certain appliances that you will need to have to make the process easy and they are available in the market. If you cannot find them from a nearby shop then you will get them from online stores. Here are some of the machines that you need to have.
Baby food maker – you will need this machine to make your baby from home. It can easily steam the baby’s food and ensure it is well cooked. It can also smash vegetables and meat. Whenever you have limited time, you can still use the machine to keep the food. All you need to do is ensure that it is kept in the refrigerator
Baby food grinder- if you don’t have enough money to get a hand turning mill or a hand blender, you can opt for a baby food grinder. It may not give you options for texture types, but it is affordable.
Get quality and fresh produce
Homemade baby food is different from processed foods that you find in stores. While you can’t tell the kind of foods or components included in the baby food, you can choose what to give your baby with homemade food. Always ensure that you get fresh vegetables and fruits.
While making homemade baby food, you have a wide variety to choose from. You can use avocados, sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes and bananas among others.
Preparing the food
Hygiene is very important when making baby food from home. Ensure that you clean the vegetables and fruits thoroughly before preparing them. While some foods will only need you to steam, some like apples will need to puree to soften. Ensure that you peel the fruits well and that all the seeds are removed. For meat or poultry always ensure that you trim the fat and remove all skin before cooking. Once they are well cooked, then they can be blended.
To start with the food texture should be very soft but this can change with time as the baby adjusts to the different textures. The food textures should be changed gradually until the baby can take more solid foods.
Serving the baby food
Once you are done with the cooking, then it is now time to serve the food. Babies need to be served warm food and so you need to ensure that the food is not too hot. Since babies normally eat small portions of food, it is a good thing to serve only what your baby can consume in one feed to avoid wastage. The left food in the plate should not be stored in the refrigerator as it contains a mix of bacteria from saliva.