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Starting solids can be an exciting time for you and your baby. Learn how to make baby food at home the stress-free way with our easy steps, from choosing your equipment to storing first foods.
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How to make baby food at home
Making baby food at home doesn't have to be hard
It can be easy on you (and your wallet!)
Choose your weapon (er, equipment)
Baby food maker (or grinder)
Choose your foods
Try to select mostly seasonal, local, and organic
When fresh isn't available, frozen works too
Pro tip: Avocados are portable, and all you need is a fork!
Cook it up
Wash and peel or pit as needed
Boil, steam, or bake vegetables to soften
Puree to the perfect consistency
Don't be afraid to add seasonings
But leave out sugar and salt
Retain nutrient value by popping food in the fridge or freezer right away
To refrigerate: Place in an airtight container and use within 2 days
To freeze: Pour into ice cube trays
Once frozen, transfer to a dated freezer bag
Frozen fruits and vegetables last 6 to 8 months
Frozen proteins like beef, chicken, and fish last 1 to 2 months
No need to warm up baby food
Serving it at room temperature works great!
Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight
Or in a bowl of cold water
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