Want to make your own homemade baby food but confused where to start or don’t have the budget to buy one of those baby food systems? Look no futher! I have the solution you’ve been looking for!
Sounds like a commercial for another product doesn’t it? Yeah, sorry about that (sounds good though, doesn’t it?) Well, don’t worry I’m not trying to sell you anything – just sharing some great tips on how to make wholesome, homemade baby food.
Don’t get me wrong here. I have nothing against the baby food systems on the market. I think they’re fantastic! They get Moms motivated and inspired to make healthy meals for their babies.
Truthfully, I wanted one for myself but after I realized I already had everything I needed I couldn’t justify spending more money on a kitchen gadget that would take up even more space.
I’m offering this information as an alternative and letting you know it’s really very simple to make baby food without spending more money on products. Especially if you have the very basic equipment I cover below.
In this series of posts I’m going to cover:
- Part 1: Equipment
- Part 2: Why Buy Organic
- Part 3: Simple Recipes for All Stages
- Part 4: Alternatives to Homemade
Let’s get started!
First, you do need a few key pieces of standard kitchen items to get started. I can bet you already have everything in your kitchen. If you are missing something, however, it won’t cost much to get the item(s).
- wood cutting board
- sharp knife
- large sauce pan
- stainless steel steamer basket
- food processor, blender or immersion blender
- muffin tin or metal ice cube tray
- glass storage containers and/or freezer storage bags
- labels (optional)
These are all items that I use on a daily basis in my kitchen. Using them to make baby food was a no brainer – when you look at the baby food systems they all include some sort of food grinder and storage containers. Isn’t it amazing that you already have what you need? I told you it was simple.
In my next post I’ll be covering the importance of choosing organic foods for your baby and how to select the freshest and most nutritious produce.
I also want to mention the importance of using real materials in your kitchen like wood, glass and stainless steel. You really want to get the plastics out of your kitchen – especially when its for your baby. I’m sure you’ve heard the controversy over BPA in things like baby bottles. But it’s also important to look beyond the bottles.
What are you storing your food in? Are you re-heating in “microwave-safe” plastic containers? Are you cutting food on plastic cutting boards? Are you eating and drinking from plastic plates and cups? When you really start looking at the materials used in your kitchen you’ll be surprised by how much is actually plastic.
To sum it up – there are a lot of nasty chemicals and toxins in plastic – BPA is just one of many. These chemicals can be transfered to your food and drink. In turn, you’re ingesting harmful toxins. I encourage you to read this article for more information. I’ll go more in-depth on the subject of toxins and chemicals in a future post as well.