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How to Make Homemade Baby Food Purees

This Ultimate Guide to Homemade Baby Food gives you everything you need to know about tools and storage, recipe combinations, starter purees, introducing new foods, and more!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Baby Food

Instructions

Make Baby Food

  • Make baby food puree per the recipe. This could be by steaming, roasting or sauteing.
    Pureed sweet potatoes for baby in a blender.

Freeze Purees

  • Pour puree into freezer tray or small baby food jars.
    Hands holding a tray of homemade baby food puree.
  • Lable the freezer tray or baby food jars with the recipe name and date.
  • Place the tray or jars in the freezer and freeze for at least 5 hours.
  • Pop the frozen baby food cubes out and place them into a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag.
    Hands holding a stasher bag of frozen baby food puree.

Thaw Baby Food

  • Microwave -
    Take the frozen puree cubes that you want to serve out of your freezer. Place them in a glass microwave-safe container. Microwave in 20-second increments, stirring every time The puree is ready when it is just warm to your touch. Grab two clean spoons, one for you and one for your baby, and test your puree before serving.
    Hand reaching for a jar of baby food puree ready to get popped into the microwave.
  • Fridge - 
    Take the frozen puree cubes you want to serve out of your freezer. Place the cubes in an air-tight glass container. Place the container in the fridge and let thaw for 12 to 16 hours. Do not leave the puree in the container to thaw on the counter or anywhere out of the fridge, as bacteria will start to grow at a rapid rate - which is definitely not good. The puree will be cold but thawed, so if your baby likes her puree warmed, you’ll have to finish the job using the microwave or stovetop method.
    Small jar of homemade baby food puree ready to get thawed in the fridge.
  • Stovetop -
    In a small saucepan, add the frozen puree cubes you want to serve to baby. Over medium-low heat, gently cook the puree until warm, stirring occasionally.
    Saucepan filled with thawed baby food puree.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    3 jars with thawed baby food purees.

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