Today, with the many concerns regarding the safety of processed and chemically preserved baby foods, more and more parents have made a shift to cooking home meals for their little ones. After all, your babies diet and sleeping habits should be your number one priorities. This article was written to cover the former. For advice on the later, check out our favourite guide on the best baby cribs.
If you’ve decided to prepare your baby’s food at home, follow these steps for the preparation and storage, so that you ensure that the safety of your child’s food is not compromised in any way!
The Equipment You Need
Cooking meals at home don’t require much work, nor is it much of a hassle. All you need is the right equipment, and you are ready to go. Here are some:
Baby Food Mill
For every parent out there, a baby food mill is a life-saver when it comes to feeding their young children or infant. This is great for cooked food, as well as fruits. They are ideal for feeding the baby at home and when you’re out. You can grind restaurant food while you enjoy your meal out. There are sauce makers that will not only make baby food, but also peel and seed tomatoes. Consider Roma and Victorio sauce makers for this. Some come with other strainer screens with small, medium and large holes, giving you the option to choose how smooth or chunky you want the food to be.
You can use a blender to puree fruits and vegetables or make whole food juices with vegetables, fresh fruit, and your desired liquid to make the food a consistency ideal for your child. Check the video below for a specialist baby blender.
Preparing Baby Food
You may choose to boil or simmer vegetables. However, it should be noted that this method could cause the food to lose its nutritional value – which is precisely what your child needs at this stage of development. To counter this, it is recommended that you use fewer amounts of water, with a crock pot.
Preparing your child’s meal using the microwave must be done with caution. Individual plastic dishes in the microwave cause a substance, melanin, to get transferred into the food. This over a period of years can cause numerous health issues. It is best to use a glass container when microwaving food for your child. Be sure to stir the ingredients and test the temperature to be sure it is not too hot before feeding your baby.
This is perhaps the best method for baby food preparation. Place the vegetable and fruits in a steam basket and allow the rising steam to cook the meal. This way your child gets the essential nutrients. There are food steamers available, and some rice cookers come with steamer baskets.
Storing Your Baby’s Food
Home-cooked meals are free of additives and preservatives. This means that it does not contain any substance that can preserve the food for a long time, making it susceptible to spoilage if not stored appropriately.
If the food is not going to be consumed the same day, you may freeze it; however, make sure that you don’t keep it frozen for over 2-3 days. While the low temperatures of the freezer slow down the bacteria, it does not eliminate it.