Homemade Baby Food

Learn what you need and how to make your own baby food.

What You Need

  • A food blender or
  • Baby food mill (grinder) or
  • Wire sieve and spoon
  • Ice cube trays, freezer bags and labels (for freezing)
 

Before You Start

  • Wash your hands
  • Use clean utensils, containers and cookware
  • You do not need to add sugar, salt, margarine or butter
 

Storage:

  • Once you make baby food, serve it or store it right away
  • Baby food can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer

Refrigerator

  • Store homemade baby food in tightly covered containers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Remove the portion to be served at each meal rather than feeding directly from the container. Any uneaten food remaining should be thrown out
  • Any food that has been heated should not be refrigerated for another meal — throw it out

Freezer

  • Put the prepared purée into ice cube trays. Cover the ice cube tray container with plastic wrap and place in freezer for up to 3-6 hours, until frozen
  • Or, take the puréed food and put spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and freeze
  • Once the purées are frozen, store in plastic freezer bags, label and date
  • If stored in the fridge freezer, use the food within 2 months
  • If stored in the deep freezer, use the food within 6 months
 

To Thaw:

  • Thaw frozen baby food in the refrigerator. Do not leave baby food on the counter to thaw. Warm baby food in a dish of hot water or double boiler
  • Do not re-freeze baby food that has been thawed. It will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator
  • Throw out left over food after baby is finished eating
 
Vegetables and Fruits:
  • Wash, peel, pit and/or seed and slice fresh or frozen vegetables or fruit
  • Place vegetables or fruit in a small amount of boiling water. Cook until tender. Or use the microwave: place fruits or vegetables in a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of water and heat at a high setting until the fruits or vegetables are tender
  • Remove from heat and drain
  • Keep the cooking water
  • Mash or blend using a small amount of cooking water
  • You can blend or mash ripe, soft fruits like bananas, mangoes, avocados and canned fruit without cooking them
Meat and fish:
 
  • Place a piece of meat or fish in a saucepan with a small amount of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Continue to cook until meat separates easily from the bones or the fish flakes easily with a fork
  • You can also roast, bake, or braise meats and fish. Remove the bones and skin and trim off the fat. Cut meat or flake fish into small pieces
  • Blend with cooking water or stock
 
Meat Alternatives:
  • Cook legumes, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, according to the package directions. Rinse canned beans well. Cook egg. Use plain tofu
  • Blend with a little water or mash with a fork
 

Benefits:

  • Saves money
  • Helps your baby get used to different textures and tastes
  • Lets your baby eat the same foods as family
  • Gives you more control over the texture you offer your baby
 
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This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.

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