Making baby food

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Cinnamontwirl

Making baby food

Hi, I'm soon to be a mum so I was wondering what type of machine would be best for making baby foods from my own meals. I have a liquidiser so would that be enough please? Cinnamon

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Queen of Puds

Baby food

When I had my daughter, I spent hours pureeing, sieving, mashing etc. and she wouldn't eat any of it, except when I gave her fruit! My son (second child) on the other hand, couldn't get enough, so don't be dispirited if he or she turns her nose up despite all your efforts! And at first with solids they eat very little, so you would probably find the liquidiser a bit large for the quantity needed, unless you plan on serving the same meal several times over.

A mini chopper/mini processor would be a better size initially, although depending what you cook, you could do a larger quantity & freeze individual portions in ice cube trays. I actually found that my hand blender was sometimes useful depending what I wanted to prep, as was a decent sieve, provided the food was cooked well enough.

Root veg will mash easily, bananas collapse under a fork anyway, potato is ok if mashed, so you might find that you already have what you need? The puree stage doesn't last that long either really, so I wouldn't spend a huge amount on kit until you are sure what would be best.

You will find plenty of helpful advice from the NCT people too, particularly about weaning. And at the end of the day, I confess that I did use jars for convenience. Not all the time, but occasionally life is too short to puree a carrot!

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Queen of Puds

Baby food

*Puree stage....

I wish this site would recognise accents on French words & not turn them into gobbledygook!!

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AllyH

Baby Food

Hi Cinnamon,

What an exciting time for you. I love babies !
With regard to equipment I think your liquidiser will do a fine job. I had one of those and I also remember using a stick blender to whizz up stews, vegetables, apples and pears. It is nice to know what your baby is getting, plus it will be better and cheaper. I'm sure magazines will try and suck you into buying specialised tools, but I don't see the point. It is better to have things which can be useful for lots of tasks.Taking up extra space is another thing to consider.

Ally

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Honey

Equipment

I agree with the others that you don't need anything special. I have a young granddaughter and I use my mini Kenwood chopper/food processor to just whiz it all up. It's good because it is small and very easy to wash afterwards. (A lot of us have this mini chopper/food processor because Delia recommended it to us in the past).

I can also identify with the comment... don't be upset if your baby prefers the jars/packets. My daughter (she is called Angel on here) has found that too... she can go to a lot of trouble to make a healthy and nutritionally good meal and my granddaughter turns her nose up at it!

H x

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Cinnamontwirl

Such a help

I did wonder Queen of puddings what you were trying to say! :-).
I've always made my meals from scratch but I guess those jars of baby foods are a good substitute though. My mother bought me one of those mini choppers and I use it a lot. I thought the liquidiser might make the food smoother, at least until he/she has teeth. It seems I don't need to buy anything else, thank you. Cinnamon

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Queen of Puds

babies etc

Ha ha - Honey had it right Cinnamon, just letting you know that my daughter obviously hadn't read the books in as much detail as I had, so fingers crossed that your little bundle of dynamite doesn't give you the run around like mine did! Perhaps I should add that it's taken her nearly 20 years to willingly eat a casserole or stew without first separating out all the component parts across the plate ;)

 
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