Buying baby food is as simple as picking the cans and containers off the grocery-store shelf, but making it at home can be just as quick and easy.
There are a number of advantages to homemade baby food: It's cheaper, you can make it in bulk, and you'll always know the ingredients. Plus, you can mix different flavors in delicious combinations, like plums and pears, squash and apples, or green peas and chicken.
Baby Food Purees How-To
The process is simple: Steam vegetables or simmer ripe fruits until they're soft, and poach meats until fully cooked. To start, you'll need to outfit your kitchen with a steamer basket, a strainer, and either a blender, a food processor or a food mill. Make silky, smooth purees for younger babies, and work up to thicker textures when the baby gets older. If the puree is too thick, you can thin it with breast milk, formula, or boiled water.
Stephana Bottom, senior food editor of Martha Stewart Living, and Timmy Riordan Jr. of Martha Stewart Baby magazine shared recipes for homemade Applesauce, Pear Puree, Plum Puree, Pear-Plum Combination Puree, Sweet Potato Puree, Green Bean Puree, and Carrot Puree.