It seems like in today’s society there is always some new health craze or fad, whether it is carb-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, there are so many different schools of thought on what’s healthy and how one should feed their child today. Lately there has been a movement of parents making their own baby food instead of purchasing the pre-packed jars and containers commonly found at the local super market.
Parents have many reasons for making their own baby food, and it is rapidly becoming more popular with recipes being found everywhere from Pinterest, to Facebook, to WebMD. The topic of either buying or making your baby’s food from all natural preferably organic ingredients is gaining popularity with many people discussing it. There are many positive reasons for opting to provide your child with natural homemade food, for one you can be completely certain of what you are feeding your child, ensuring there are no preservatives or unnecessary ingredients such as artificial colors and flavors. Homemade baby food is also great because it is more economical and the baby has the opportunity to get used to eating similarly to its family. Preparing your own baby food is also great for parents because they get the final say in what they feed their child, giving them the ability to get creative and chose their own flavor combinations that would otherwise be unavailable. Jarred baby food are typically cooked at extremely high temperatures in order to assure that bacteria is killed for longer storage which can often kill any nutrients and vitamins naturally present in the food. Homemade baby food is not free from its disadvantages; it is so much easier to pick up a jar of baby food from the shelf of a local store and feed it to your child. Homemade baby food is time consuming, taking the time to prepare and portion the food and not to mention finding the room to store the prepared dishes.
Making your own baby food is not an incredibly difficult process; all you need is a food grinder. If you choose to make you own baby food, consider steaming the vegetables in order to retain most of those natural vitamins and nutrients. There are other methods to providing your child with homemade baby food such as products that will steam and blend for you and services that will deliver homemade baby food. The steps to making baby food are simple:
- Wash and rinse hands, equipment, and produce
- Bake, steam, roast, or microwave ingredients until tender
- Puree ingredients in food processor with a small amount of liquid
- Store in refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container
- Rewarm when it’s time to eat
There are many great tips and tricks out there for making baby food even easier such as, using an ice tray to portion and store your prepared baby food. The time it takes to prepare baby food can also be cut down by using especially ripe fruits such as bananas and pears and mashing it up by hand. So no matter what method you choose it’s important to enjoy the small things in life and most importantly enjoy watching your child grow up healthy and strong.
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