Homemade Baby Food Tips - Great for Pesach!
These notes were culled from participants in a cooking forum over 20 years ago. Many aren't relevant anymore, but I've decided to keep this here in case someone somewhere finds it useful.
- When I'm slicing up apples for desserts, I put them into water with a tablespoon of lemon juice to keep the slices from turning brown. That would probably work for making baby food, too. The way we did it was to just puree the food and whatever can be frozen normally can be frozen pureed, too. - Jhethaar
- I don't think I'd do bananas ahead and freeze anyway since bananas don't really freeze well. But for apples, pears, that kind of fruit, I would probably make an unsweetened applesauce and freeze that.
- Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, almost any kind of squash will freeze well. We do our own frozen pumpkin puree when they are super cheap this time of year (autumn). We cut off the top, cut the pumpkins in half then bake them on a cookie sheet at a low temp for "a while". :) However long it takes at 275 degrees to get soft. Then we let them cool, scoop out the stuff and mash it with a potato masher until it's smooth then divide it up into quart freezer bags. It's always worked out fine. - Jhethaar
- One thing to make sure of is to let the food cool completely before putting it in the freezer and make sure you've got a good seal on those containers. If it's just a regular plastic container with a seal, you might want to wrap that inÊplastic wrap. - Jhethaar
- Also make sure you label your stuff with the food and the date. - Jhethaar
- I used the Happy Baby Food Grinder - it was inexpensive - like $7. - Yakityak
- I pureed things like turkey and mixed them in with chicken soup veggies for flavoring. I never added water, just broth - but I was making 'fleishig' baby food. Broth tastes better than water. :-) - Yakityak
- I froze the food in ice cube trays - it was a great increment... I could always defrost more than one and it didn't lock up other containers. - Yakityak
- I used a fork to pinch holes in hard fruits like apples and pears. Then I put them in the miccrowave for a minute, let them cool, peeled them and put them in the blender. I was too lazy to boil anything. I think that when peaches, nectarines, mango, etc, were in season that my boys were ready to eat little diced pieces. I don't recall manking baby food from them, but I think I would just put them in the blender without cooking. - Zippi
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