The Joy of Cooking Baby Food

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by shoshanalibrarian

baby eatingI have never been a very enthusiastic cook, but I find that I absolutely love making food for my baby, Gus (that's him on the right, enjoying some butternut squash).  We start off every week at the Campbell Farmer's Market, picking out some delicious organic produce from local farms (find a farmer's market near you).  With a few basic tools including a steamer basket and a food processor, I can turn those lovely fruits and vegetables into healthy meals that he will love (well, hopefully he'll love them - so far he likes everything except peas and bananas).  I love giving him something new and seeing his reaction.  There is nothing like the great feeling you get when you see how much your baby loves the food you picked out and prepared with your own hands.  If you're worried about not having the time, I can honestly say it doesn't take much.  I usually only have to cook once or twice a week, then I freeze the food in ice cube trays (with lids).  Frozen baby food is good for 3-4 months, so you could cook even less often if you did it in bigger batches.  Jarred food more convenient, you say?  True, but consider that commercial baby food has to be heated to extremely high temperatures to kill any bacteria, and that same high heat destroys a lot of the nutrients, too.  By steaming baby's fruits and veggies before pureeing, you retain all that good stuff.  Give it a try - if I can do it, so can you!  

Here are some books to get you started:

Starting Solids

    Starting Solids

    by Annabel Karmel

The Wholesome Baby Food Guide

    The Wholesome Baby Food Guide

    by Maggie Meade

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook            

  The Baby & Toddler Cookbook

   by Karen Ansel

Blender Baby Food: Over 175 Recipes For Healthy Homemade Meals