Preparing Baby Food Purees - What You Need To Know
By the time babies are four to six months old, they will be ready to challenge their palates by trying new types of food. You need to think carefully about both food taste and texture as your little one prepares to go on a culinary adventure. It is needless to say that the best source of food for your young ones is home-cooked fruits and vegetables. Pureed food is a great way to transition a baby who is only used to liquids. Preparing food purees is easy and can also be a lot fun! Once you learn the basic process of pureeing, you can try new food items and begin to creatively mix different food combinations for different flavors.
While preparing food purees for babies is simple, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Proper Food Preparation Safety
Your hands are home to a surprising large number of bacteria. While it is important to use a clean blender, spoon and other utensils, it is also incredibly essential to wash your hands thoroughly before handling the food to be pureed. Make sure to clean up spills and wipe away any excess food from the container.
Keeping It Familiar
If this is the first time that you intend to feed food purees to your baby, it might be a good idea to keep the taste of the puree familiar. After you cook the food, cool it down a bit and then use a blender or food processor to puree the meal. While blending, you can offer an additional nutritional boost for your baby by adding breast milk and/or formula to the mixture. This will give the food purees better consistency and a taste that the baby will find familiar and encouraging.
Choose The Right Cooking Method
The process of preparing food purees starts with cooking the fruit/vegetable. There are many ways to cook the food item and you can choose to steam, bake, boil or microwave it. One of the best ways to cook food items is to steam it. Steaming helps to retain most of the nutrients that would have been lost while baking or boiling.
For multi-tasking parents, microwaving is the second best option because it is quicker. But it is important to microwave the food in glass utensils. Plastic containers and utensils may leave unsavory traces in the food that will leave it unpalatable and unhealthy.
GoFreshBaby Food Pouches
Made out of durable and completely BPA-free materials, GoFreshBaby food pouches are a handy food containment option for parents on-the-go. These pouches are washable and reusable, and they can also be stored in the refrigerator or the freezer. GoFreshBaby pouches can be resealed if the baby is done eating in one sitting. Preparing food purees is easy and it is a great way to give your child a well-rounded and nutritious meal, so puree away!