22 Nov How to cook your own food for your baby?
How to Prepare Your Baby Food
Before you start preparing baby food, always wash your hands with hot water and soap and dry them with a clean cloth. You also have to take care of the cooking accessories and the baby cups, utensils, bottles and glasses to be as clean as possible. All feeding accessories should also be sterilized.
Purchase and preparation of baby food products
Fruits and Vegetables – Choose the freshest products you can find. Wash and peel as needed and remove any seed, pitches that may pose a choking hazard to the baby. Then cut into cube-sized cubes before you cook.
Meat – Choose lean pieces of beef, pork, lamb or poultry. Remove any fat before cooking, and after cooking, remove any bones or cartilage that may pose a choking hazard.
Fish – Choose the most fresh fish possible and ask the seller to remove all skin, scales and bones so that it is safe for the baby to eat. Once cooked, check again for any bones or pieces of skin that you may have missed.
Cooking for a baby
Baby Food Blending – During the first stage of feeding, your baby’s food should be ground into a smooth mashed pot. As your baby grows, you can gradually introduce an increasingly uneven and coarse texture. If you do not have a blender, use a potato dough or a fork to get the right consistency. You do not have to add any salt or sugar to your baby’s food. Most foods contain salt, and the fruits are naturally sweet.
Fruits and vegetables – Prepare them in steam, cooked or in a microwave oven. Steaming is the best option as it keeps most nutrients. You can also prepare the fruits of an oven, such as apples and pears.
Meat and Fish – They can be cooked on steam, on grill, baked or in a microwave oven. Always aim for the meat to be completely cooked. The fish must be solid and in layers. The ideal way to prepare a baby for a baby is to bake it in foil because it becomes gentle and easy to chew.
You should never give the baby hot food, so after cooking, allow the food to cool to the right temperature before serving it. Check out our baby food recipes section for some ideas for delicious baby food.
Freezing baby food
To save time and energy, you can prepare larger portions of puree and freeze them for later use. Use ice cubes to freeze baby food in small portions, then store the cubes in a flight bag in the freezer with a label with the date of preparation. You can store them for up to 8 weeks. Never refrigerate baby food again and use thawed food within 24 hours.