Have you ever thought of making food for baby? Here’s what (and where) I have learned about making and storing homemade baby food.
Did you know that the typical ice cube tray holds about one ounce of food? Or that one pear makes roughly four ounces of pureed food? You wouldn’t believe all the baby food tidbits I could spew at you these days.
When I was pregnant with my son I heard about homemade baby food and started to look into it. I read a lot about making baby food at home online, and researched books on the subject, trying to pick the right one for us.
I heard a lot of good things about Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron, but I also heard a lot of not-so-good things about it too. Better Baby Food by Daina Kalnins was also recommended, and since I own the follow-up book (Better Food for Kids) I thought that would be the one. I checked it out in the book store, and it was alright. Although it’s a good book, it wasn’t the right one for me.
I needed a book on homemade baby food that would really give me stupid-proof step-by-step instructions.
Then I discovered a new book on homemade baby food. Blender Baby Food by Nicole Young most closely matched what I wanted to know. As a first time mother, I was understandably worried about how to properly make homemade baby food.
So far, so good. The book really helped to alleviate my fears about making homemade baby food. I’ve discovered that Will isn’t a big fan of sweet potatoes or butternut squash, but we keep trying nonetheless. He does love pears and likes apples though. I like that the book tells you exactly how to prepare single item baby foods — the first foods that new eaters eat. It seemed like a lot of books just glazed over first foods with a few general and brief paragraphs. Sorry, but as a baby food making newbie, I need more.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for clear direction to prepare homemade baby food for your child’s first meals.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.