I was at Chapters browsing the bargain books section the other day when I came across a book called "Love in Spoonfuls" written by the authors of Parenting magazine. This book gives some great recipes for pureed baby foods and some "first bites" when introducing solid foods. I thought it might come in handy in my future career when I work with parents who are interested in making their own food for their babies. The book outlines some tips on how to make quick, easy and very nutritious foods for babies.
One idea I found particularly interesting in this book was freezing homemade baby food in ice cube trays! This is great for busy parents on-the-go who do not have time to make fresh baby food each day. Most purees containing meat can be frozen for up to 3 months and fruit and vegetable purees will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. This means you can freeze several trays at a time and just simply thaw out a single serving-sized portion from the tray for feeding times!
Freezing baby purees can save you a lot of time and money since you do not need to purchase jars of food at the store!
- Be sure to thaw out frozen servings of puree the safe way by letting them thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in the microwave. Remember not to let them thaw out by letting them sit at room temperature because this could make your baby sick.
- If you are just starting your baby on pureed food, add liquid to the puree to make it similar in consistency to breast milk.
- Before pureeing foods, be sure to cook each ingredient thoroughly.