When my kids were very little, I spent a lot of time trying to make them food because I was against buying baby food in a jar. Ok, I was like that for my first kid. The second through millionth, I was much more laid back. I think everyone is. Anyway, I didn’t have a food processor back then, and I spent a bunch of time with a blender and other tools trying to get the baby food smooth enough for the baby to eat without making it watery or runny. That wasn’t easy. I wish I had known how much time a food processor could have saved me and the amount of control it could have given me. I might have done it for my younger kids, too.

Prep The Baby’s Noms

preparing baby foodThere are some good recipes for making baby food, but before you go there, you need a plan for getting everything made and either in the fridge or freezer (if you’re making a lot) as soon as possible.

Fresh vegetables are better for the food processor puree, and they will keep longer if you have enough for a few days. Use veggies within a couple days of getting them. The same goes for fruit. Make sure you get ingredients that aren’t made with sweeteners because they can be bad news for your babe.

Get It Ready For the Drop

Getting food ready to go in the food processor isn’t all that difficult. There are a few steps involved, but they can be kept to a minimum if you buy the right kind of foods. Potatoes have to be peeled, you have to remove all the seeds from fruits and veggies, and you have to make sure there aren’t pits. If you are short on time, buy foods which are almost ready to go into the mixture as soon as you take them out of the peel, like bananas.

Think About The Texture

Hard foods have to be softened before you can toss them in the processor. That’s pretty much across the board. As I said, bananas and the like are super easy. Meats take a little more effort because they have to be fully cooked beforehand and then broken down. A lot of fruits and vegetables have to be boiled or steamed to get them soft enough to puree. In general, you can follow the directions on the packages of a lot of foods you may use. If you would soften it for adults, you should soften it for baby before it goes in the processor.

Start By Adding Food And Water

That sounds simple and obvious, but it’s important to know that the water in the food alone is usually not enough to get a good puree. You have to add a little bit of water, likely just a few teaspoons, after you put the food into the processor. There are a few foods that naturally have enough water content in them so you don’t have to add water, and you can always try without water first because water is one of the easier things to add in if your puree is too sludgy.

home made baby foodFrom there on out, you use your judgment. Test the mixture and see if it’s smooth enough. Mix it more if it’s not. If it’s too watery, add some more solids to soak up the water. Since you don’t have to follow a set recipe, you can kind of do whatever you want. Better yet, everything you’re using is fresh and natural, so unless there are food allergies, it’s good for your little person.

Voila! And serve.