Home-made baby foods can help you provide low-cost, nutritious foods for your little one. Commercial baby foods are convenient and safe, but they often contain more water, starch, and sugar than home-made ones.
Most babies do not need solid foods until they are about 4 to 6 months of age. Before that age most babies have not learned to swallow solid foods. The sucking reflex pushes the tongue forward in the mouth and pushes out solid foods. You can force food down the baby’s throat, but the baby is not swallowing. Starting solids too soon may contribute to gagging and choking. If you wait to introduce solid foods, you will not need to make them too liquid. Babies will be able to handle food that is slightly textured and has small lumps.
Baby’s first foods need to be soft. Some paediatricians recommend iron-fortified infant rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula as a first solid food because rice is less likely than other grains to cause allergic reactions. Foods can be softened or mashed in a blender, food processor, food mill, or grinder. Sometimes just mashing with a fork is sufficient. If you are using foods fixed for a family meal, take out baby’s portion before adding seasonings and spices. Begin with single foods in case allergies are present. Later try combinations of fruits, vegetables, or vegetables and meats.
- Special care should be taken when preparing foods for babies because they are more vulnerable to germs than are older children and adults.
- Raw food contains bacteria. Never let cooked food come into contact with raw food. Thoroughly wash chopping boards and utensils that have been used with raw foods to avoid the cross-contamination that is responsible for many foodborne illnesses (food poisoning).
- Do not let baby food sit at room temperature for more than two hours. Harmful bacteria in the food grow very well if given a chance. Refrigerate or freeze baby food as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that even freezer-safe containers are not indestructible. They can crack or otherwise become damaged if they are over-filled or if they‚Äôre dropped while filled with frozen food or knocked hard against one another. Take care to leave a little room at the top when filling them since liquids tend to expand as they freeze. Remove items from the freezer carefully and allow them to thaw at least somewhat before removing food. Do not hit the container in an attempt to get the food out or you may crack your favourite freezer-safe containers.
1. Wash and rinse your hands and equipment thoroughly.
2. Prepare fresh fruits and vegetables by scrubbing, peeling, and removing seeds. Remove all bones, skin, gristle, and fat from meats. Do not use leftovers to make baby food.
3. Cook food in a small amount of water until tender. Use the cooking water if the recipe calls for liquid. Food also may be steamed or baked.
4. Don’t add salt or seasonings.
5. Don’t add sugar, honey, or any other form of sweetener. Babies do not need the sweet flavour. They like fruits and other foods just the way they are.
6. Puree or mash cooked food.
7. Spoon into babypotz, add label and freeze.
WARNING: Use extreme caution if defrosting or heating in a microwave oven. Microwaves can heat a food unevenly and form hot spots. One spoonful may be cold, yet the next spoonful could burn your baby’s mouth. Always stir the food well before feeding your baby. Most health and childcare professionals recommend against using a microwave oven to warm baby food.
The main purpose of Babypotz is to provide the busy mum with a storage solution when making homemade baby food.
If you make your own homemade baby food you will soon find that as your baby grows and starts eating more than a couple of ice-cubes per meal time, it becomes difficult to find the right size container to freeze the food in. All the widely available pots in shops are usually just that little bit too big for the portions you need to freeze when you start weaning and you can only buy a set of one size.
Babypotz are the perfect solution for freezing batches of baby food. It is so frustrating to find that after you have spent so much valuable time making lovely nutritious food for your baby you realise that it is going to be impossible to freeze it in the portions that you really want and need.
With Babypotz you will always have the right size hygienic pot with a lid at hand to store your food safely and easily in the freezer.
Make life easy on yourself and choose Babypotz to freeze your home made baby food portions in!
According to Annabel Karmel (baby cook book author), here are the following guidelines: Freezer Storage Times:
- Purees with milk 4-6 weeks
- Fish 10 weeks
- Red meat and chicken 10 weeks
- Fruits and Vegetables 6 months
Babypotz recommends all Annabel Karmel Cook Books – they provide easy clear instructions on how to make nutritious meals for your baby.
ALL of the Babypotz that are sold on this site are totally suitable for the microwave ( 1oz – 24oz). Take the pot from the freezer, loosen the lid so that the steam has somewhere to escape and place in microwave. The pot and lid can then be washed in the dishwasher ready for re-use.
All pots can go in the dishwasher (top rack). The pots can also go safely in microwave and steam sterilisers.
That’s easy too – Babypotz sell sheets of labels which are the perfect size for your pots. Ask to have them pre-printed with whatever you want on the label for the same price as blank labels. Remember to put the date of cooking on the label too when you freeze it.
1. The Big Pots are fantastic for when you make a batch of Weight Watchers No Point Soup . Make a batch of soup and separate into the 16oz pots and freeze. Take straight from the freezer and defrost in the microwave (loosen lid before heating)
2. The smaller pots 3oz/4oz are great for when the kids want to do painting. Squeeze different colour paints into each pot and you have no-mess painting sessions! Put a lid on to keep for next time or dispose.
3. Use the 8oz-24oz Pots for adult size freezing or storing of meals, soups, salads, bollognaise, chilli, the list is endless.
4. Use the pots in your playroom for storing fiddly art materials such as glitter, stars, paper clips, pins, dolls shoes, marbles, etc, etc.