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Homemade Baby Food 2009-04-20 08:00:23

Delilicious: Homemade Baby Food Is Back in Vogue

While past generations of parents had no alternative but to make their own baby foods, the introduction of jarred food changed the way American mamas fed their children. Pre-made food gave parents the flexibility to grab and go, and boasted certain health benefits that made moms and dads feel safe, so it makes sense that it became the mainstream method for feeding tots. But the organic movement and concern over the foods we give our children are changing the pureed food trend.

The Washington Post recently interviewed Nina Planck, whose book, Real Food for Mother and Baby outlines the benefits of introducing babies to table food as soon as they start solid eating. According to Planck:

"What we're seeing now is a well-informed group of people who seek out whole foods for their children. They're not yuppies from red states and blue states. There are lots of working mothers who choose to do this because it's healthful and because it's economical."

The trend is even bringing parents who do not even cook for themselves into the kitchen. Chefs from around the country are offering baby food tutorials, demonstrating the basic process for preparing first purees and chunkier mixtures, as well as providing recipes that don't look like anything found on store shelves. The executive chef of one DC restaurant held a seminar that resulted in recipes for green beans with mint, curry chicken and Mexican beans and rice, while another restaurant chef is preparing to release a book of gourmet baby purees including poached halibut with peas. Not exactly what Gerber serves up.

Would you prefer to introduce your tots to decadent food purees or the simple ones found in basic books?


roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i made all of our lil guys baby food... while working full time. i used the baby cubes (safe plastic) and froze everything. it really wasnt all that time consuming... frozen organic veggies (trader joes) steamed (in a colander over a pan that wasnt non stick) and blendered. introducing chicken and meat was a lil tricky... if you add a little applesauce it blends well. it's really not as daunting as it sounds. you also feel good knowing you're giving them the best and freshest, because you made it yourself.
pattilup pattilup 8 years
i made my kids baby food as well, and not only does it give you more options b/c you can make your combos of flavors, but you go green by avoiding all that packaging! just make your purees and freeze them in ice cube trays. then you can pop them out as needed and create all sorts of combinations. and buying a few small tupperware containers for on-the-go moments makes your own baby food just as convenient as the jarred stuff. you can control what they eat only for so long, so you may as well make it the best stuff you can!
Pencils Pencils 8 years
My husband and I make some of our daughter's baby food. It's silly not to make her fruits, as organic produce is so easy to get, either fresh or frozen. The big local supermarket chain in our area sells bags of cubed organic produce like peaches and mangoes so we keep some in the freezer and just defrost and puree it as needed. Our homemade fruits taste soooo much better than the stuff in the jars! We also make some of her veggies, but it's easier to feed her the jarred organic kind. For the store-bought food we stick to Earth's Best or Gerber's small organic line..
kty kty 8 years
i have a picky eater so i mostly cooked up something for him at home
goldiecar goldiecar 8 years
I'm still pregnant, but my MIL gave us a Beaba... I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to use it for my little daughter.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
I think as long as you have time to cook up something extra special, why not have fun with it?!? What a great way to introduce your chil(ren) to new and unique foods at such a young age. As a working Jewish mother who keeps kosher, I gave my child alot of baby good but also made a bunch of food on my own since the kosher selection is not so large, unless I want to spend more money. I am very lucky to have a child who eats everything I give him, so making my own food has been great for him.
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