These 5 Top Tools for Making Baby Purees are absolutely my favorite go-to kitchen tools to help you make homemade baby food!
UPDATED – MARCH 2019
(WITH NEW FAVORITE PRODUCTS!)
I get a lot of emails from readers asking which products/equipment/tools they have to have in order to make homemade baby purees.
The truth is, not many.
Unless you are crazy like me, and you buy anything and everything related to baby food, then I guess you need it all 😉
To save you time (and money) I’ve narrowed down all my favorite tools into one guide (which I updated in March 2019), here are 5 main tools that you have to have – a good blender, baby storage containers, reusable pouches, freezer storage trays and a steamer insert. There are other tools that you will need but if you have ever cooked before, then I know you probably already have them in your kitchen.
Below you will find the items that I have used over the last couple of years for making homemade baby food that have proven themselves worthy of their counter and/or drawer space. These items are tried-and-true and wil help the process of making your little one their own food go so much simpler.
UPDATED – MARCH 2019 (WITH NEW FAVORITE PRODUCTS!)
BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR
If you are going to be making your own baby food, you will need a good blender or food processor. While I love my food processor, I have found that my blender is the winner for making the smoothest baby food purees.
But since I have used my Blendtec every day for the past 6 years, I would say it was worth the money.
BABY PUREE STORAGE CONTAINERS
These containers are great to use for keeping a stash of baby purees in the fridge or because they are leak-proof, they are also great for filling with your favorite puree before tossing it into your diaper bag for an on-the-go meal for baby.
Favorites – these Wean Green Glass Food Containers – Set of 4 are the best glass containers to have on hand and I also love these WeeSprout Baby Food Storage Containers for a BPA-free plastic version.
FREEZER TRAYS FOR BABY PUREES
The key to keeping your sanity while making big batches of baby food purees is freezer storage trays! Once you make your purees, you spoon the puree into these storage trays and then freeze them for baby to eat at another time.
I would recommend getting 4-8 storage trays for when you make bigger batches of baby food.
But don’t worry, once you are done with the baby food phase you can use your trays for toddler crafts, painting or sorting projects, for ice pop holders or coffee ice cubes in the summer or you can donate them to another momma that is about to start making her own baby food. They won’t go to waste.
Pro-Tip – And while we are talking about storage, you will also need a ton of gallon size ziplock freezer bags to hold your frozen purees in so you can reuse your freezer trays when you are making even more purees.
I use steaming as a method for making purees all-the-time on this blog! Steaming the food is a fast and easy way to make baby food that also helps keep the fresh taste of the produce while holding onto most of it’s nutrients.
I have this Circulon Stainless Steel Universal Steamer with Lid and it works great on a variety of sizes of saucepans and holds a ton of produce. But this super non-fancy Vegetable Steamer Basket Set also works great.
I love me some reusable pouches <——– totally realize that this is a weird thing to love!
Here is why I love them 1) they are so easy to load up with homemade purees, applesauce, yogurt or combo of all three. 2) you can toss them into your freezer and then defrost when needed 3) they are easy to bring along with you for a fun on-the-go snack 4) you can pack them full of a healthy veggie puree (maybe with a little fruit puree if you are being nice) and your baby/toddler/ kid will still think they taste amazing and that they are getting a special treat (suckers:).
These pouches are great for both babies and toddlers. For babies you can store all of your baby purees in these pouches and then just take out and defrost in the fridge as needed. Great for daycare, outings in the park or traveling. For toddlers, you have yourself a quick and healthy snack! You will seriously get your money worth out of these reusable pouches.
I personally love the Squooshi Filling Station and Reusable Pouch Starter Kit Bundle because it is easy to use, doesn’t take up a lot of kitchen cabinet space and you can use it with almost any other brand of pouches. These Reusable Baby Food Pouches are so hip and cool that they will automatically make you a hip and cool mom!
Pro-Tip – If you tend to be messy in the kitchen, a Mini Collapsible Fennel is nice to help get the purees into the pouches.. just saying;)
Runner UP – Little Green Reusable Pouches are also wonderful pouches to use.
OTHER NICE THINGS TO HAVE ON HAND
My Book – Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste – You like my blog, so I know you are going to love my book;)
Spatula – StarPack Premium Silicone Spatula Set of 2, so weird but it’s great having a nice having a good spatula to help you get the purees out of the blender and into the freezer trays.
Vegetable Peeler – the best $9 you will ever spend – OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
Medium and Small Saucepan – loving these Green Life Saucepans
Knives – I’ve had these J.A. Heckles International knives for years and love them!