Easy, fresh and nutritious!
Baby food preparation - Ready to start making your own baby food from the safety of your kitchen? Well, what better way to start than to learn the easiest and best cooking methods for retaining all those valuable baby food nutrients.
When you make your own baby food at home, you want to make sure that your baby gets the best nutrition possible. The quality of the food is greatly affected by how it is cooked. For wholesomeness, it is a good idea to prepare baby food in a way that will help retain as much of the nutrients as possible.
Buy only the freshest ingredients and try to use them as quickly as possible as the quality of food deteriorates with time. As a general rule, fish, meat and poultry should only be allowed to stay in a refrigerator for no more than 24 hours before use.
Hygiene in the kitchen is highly important. Wash your hands thoroughly and wipe all kitchen surfaces carefully with soapy water and make sure that your cooking utensils are sparkling clean before and after use.
Fruits and vegetables must be washed thoroughly to remove any small traces of soil. Even vegetables labeled "already washed" or "ready to eat" must still be washed with clean running water. For young babies, foods such vegetables and fruits should be cooked until soft and then pureed to a smooth texture.Baby Food Preparation - Meat, Fish And Poultry
The freshness of chicken, fish and poultry is also very important. When you do your grocery shopping, it is a good idea to pick all fresh foods last. Store meat and chicken on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator for about 2 days or freeze them.
Raw chicken juices can cause serious food poisoning. To minimize cross contamination use different chopping boards for raw meats and vegetables. Chicken, fish and meat should be completely cooked through as under cooked meats can carry parasites and bacteria. Babies should never be given rare meat.
The cooking equipment that I use is very simple. You don't have to buy very expensive kitchen tools to make your baby food at home. I use a steamer pot for steaming all vegetables and fruits. All you have to do is put some water into the pot, put the steamer basket on and put whatever you want to steam into the basket, put the lid on and steam!
A whisk is also a good idea for baby food preparation, especially when making things like cheese sauce.
A hand held food processor is a must, especially if your baby is just starting on solids. I personally find the hand held processors much easier to use than the traditional ones and they are also very easy to clean.
A potato masher - good for mashed potatoes with a bit of texture. I found it useful when I started giving both my girls food with a bit of something to chew on. It allows you to mash food finely and at the same time leaving a few chunks to chew on here and there.