Baby food making for newbies

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Baby food making for newbies

I am making baby food for the first time and I have few questions. Firstly, how long can the food be frozen for? I want to get a head start because I'm going to go through it twice as fast and am wondering if I should get started now!

Secondly, I'm going to use my blender ( it has pur?e/chop all that ) and then I bought a steamer and some cubes from toys r us for when we are out and about. I bought some ice trays for freezing. What else do I need?

And thirdly, how many days should I keep them on certain foods for allergies reasons. I've been told 2 days for introducing any foods.

I ordered a book from chapter for recipes and I'm so excited for it to get here! Never thought I'd be excited about making baby food.

Also I have no time to pump and I read in another thread that you use bm for thinning. What if i use formula instead?

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I loved making baby food.

This site is awesome: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/

I think you're set as far as equipment goes. With certain foods like peas, I also liked to run them through a sieve/strainer or food mill but I don't think it's necessary. I also found that silicone ice cube trays worked the best as they were much easier to pop out than the plastic. The only other thing you need are freezer bags or something to store the milk in.

I always gave the food for at least three days to make sure there was no allergic reaction.

I want to say that as a rule of thumb, you don't want baby food in the freezer longer than three months, but I always tried to use them within the first six weeks. That website has lots of info about all that stuff so you might want to check what they say.

You can think the food with BM, formula, or the cooking liquid. I always found it easiest to thin with the cooking liquid but since I'm still pumping I think I might use BM this time.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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The baby bullet book says the food stays good in the freezer for up to 3 months or 3 days in the fridge. The doctor told me to introduce one new food per week and call him if the baby reacts to anything. I have started making food and I just use water and Andrew seems to like it. I have not wanted to use formula because it is so expensive I do not want whatever he does not eat to go to waste.

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It can take three times of exposure to develop an allergy to something, so I would use the rule of thumb to always try one thing three times before trying something else.

That isn't a law of nature though - my dd1 was exposed many, many times to rice and egg before developing an allergy at almost 2. But following that rule helps to make sure they aren't allergic to something right off the bat.

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"stacet947" wrote:

The baby bullet book says the food stays good in the freezer for up to 3 months or 3 days in the fridge. The doctor told me to introduce one new food per week and call him if the baby reacts to anything. I have started making food and I just use water and Andrew seems to like it. I have not wanted to use formula because it is so expensive I do not want whatever he does not eat to go to waste.

I looked EVERYWHERE in that darn book and couldn't find it! :roll:

So far I've only made rice cereal and I'm finding it difficult to get the right consistency cause it thickens as it sits. Sad I only made a small batch (about 3oz) and diluted it before putting it in the fridge, but when I went to use it, the liquid wouldn't mix with the rice and I either got water on the spoon or clumps of rice. So the next batch I diluted just before using it and it worked a little better, but mostly the same thing. How do I fix this?????? :confused:

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It's been a long time since I've done a cereal but I'm pretty sure that I ground the rice up into a fine powder before making the cereal which might eliminate a lot of your problems. That website I posted has recipes for everything. It was the best resource I had for making baby food.

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Great thread! I am wanting to try and make some this go round!

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I've already started stocking up on organic baby food as I go to the store. I do plan to make some stuff but since I plan to start making it in February I know my selection will be very limited living in WI

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"nori_garsi" wrote:

It's been a long time since I've done a cereal but I'm pretty sure that I ground the rice up into a fine powder before making the cereal which might eliminate a lot of your problems. That website I posted has recipes for everything. It was the best resource I had for making baby food.

I did that with the first round.. Sad

The second round I cooked the rice and then blended it with water. Both produced the same results. Sad

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Now I'm excited to start! What veggies should I start with (this is where the book I ordered would come in handy...hurry up feb, 3).

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