Tips on Preparing Baby Food Purees at Home
With more and more conscientious parents choosing to prepare baby food purees at home, children are now more likely to get adequate amounts of nutrition that commercially produced food just cannot replicate. Food puree pouches like GoFreshBaby reusable food pouches have become the preferred way to feed infants and toddlers. The user friendly design includes a leak resistant double zip seal closure and a top spout design that children will take to with ease. Here are a few tips offered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service when it comes to preparing baby food purees at home:
- Preparing baby food purees is easy but parents will have to ensure that they are cooking in a sanitary manner. This means washing hands thoroughly before handling food and using sanitized kitchen equipment to cook the meals.
- Do you think that preparing baby food purees at home means you require some outlandish kitchen equipment? Absolutely not, all you will need is a blender or food processor, a fine mesh strainer and similar common kitchen utensils.
- FNS recommends using fresh good quality food as much as possible. Organic fruits and vegetables pack a nutritional punch. It is recommended that you avoid using leftover food.
- Soft fruits like bananas need only be blended before spooning them into food pouches but when it comes to vegetables, it is important to cook them till they are soft and tender. Steaming vegetables is a great option because the water will not be able to leach off essential nutrients while cooking. Baking vegetables and tougher fruits like pears is also a good idea.
- Ingredients like sugar and salt are best avoided when preparing baby food purees at home.
- NEVER add honey to a baby’s food! For children under 1 year of age, honey can be dangerous because it may cause infant botulism. Fruits, dates and other ingredients can be used to add sweetness to any puree.
- Consistency is an important consideration while preparing baby food purees at home. In order for children to feed themselves using food puree pouches, the purees need to be of a good consistency. You can add some breast milk and/or formula milk, water, fresh fruit juices and yogurt to the processor to get the right consistency.
Using reusable GoFreshBaby food pouches will mean that meal times will be mess-free and enjoyable for your infants/toddlers who can feed themselves with ease. Filling, cleaning and storing these food pouches is also a cinch. Give your child a nutritional boost by preparing baby food purees at home!