Make Your Own Baby Food
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Making your own baby food costs less than buying commercially prepared baby food. You can also provide healthy foods for your baby.
- You can make your own baby food with a strainer, fork, food mill, or
- Use fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables.
- Cook foods for your baby without salt, pepper, sugar, or spices.
To prepare the baby food:
- Wash all equipment and hands with hot, soapy water.
- Wash fruits and vegetables, peel and remove pits or seeds. Take bone,
gristle, skin and fat off meat.
- Cook foods until tender by baking, boiling in a little water, or steaming.
- Make the food smooth with food mill, blender, fork, or strainer.
Babies 4 to 6 months old need thinner foods, so add liquid such as cooking
water, fruit juice, breast milk, or formula. Do not use cow’s milk for babies
under a year.
Store prepared baby food in clean covered jars in the refrigerator or
- Keep cooked fruits and vegetables no longer than 3 days and meat only 2
- Freeze prepared foods in ice cube trays. After freezing, remove from trays
and place in a plastic freezer bag. Be sure to use freezer bags to prevent
moisture buildup and loss of nutrients.
- Frozen meat will keep 1 to 2 months. Fruits and vegetables will keep 6 to
To serve frozen baby food:
- Thaw the frozen cube in the refrigerator.
- Heat the cube in a double boiler or in a dish surrounded by hot water.
- Heat until warm, not hot.
- Feed to baby with a spoon.
- Throw away what baby does not eat.
Karen Elliot, ElliottK@missouri.edu
Regional Specialist, Nutrition and Health Education
Jackson County, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension