If you're a parent that's making their own healthy baby food at home you're way ahead of the 1000's that are still giving jarred food to their babies. Utilizing a baby food maker to make healthy food gives you absolute control over what goes into your babies stomach and this means that they're consuming foods that are free of excess sugar, salt, fillers and other unhealthy additives.
When you choose to make the food yourself you're using the freshest foods and the best caliber fruit and vegetables from your local grocery store. Naturally if you would like to go completely organic then making natural baby foods is a breeze, you simply visit your local farmers market or organic shop and purchase your fresh produce there. Sometimes though when short of time you can use fresh frozen vegetables and fruits in your baby food processor.
All you need is your baby food maker that will defrost, steam, blend and then puree' your fruits and vegetables. You can opt to make merely what you require to feed your baby at that time, or if you have some spare time you can make a week or 2 worth of food and freeze it in plastic covered ice cube trays and use them at a later date.
Remember when you're using a baby food maker with good choice fruits and vegetables and of course meats and fish you'll saving yourself money! Homemade food for your baby really costs less to make then purchasing it. Consider this...When you make your babies food yourself, it's the most natural you'll be able to do and if you're worried about the environment just look at all the glass jars that you won't need to recycle! You're really helping your environment!
Homemade Baby Food Cooking Tips...
If you want to keep all the nutrients and vitamins in the food for your baby, then steaming them is the absolute best means to maintain the taste and nutrients of the food. If your baby food maker doesn't have a steam function just boil the foods in a steamer type pot that you want to make for your baby or other children to, however most of the vital nutrients can get boiled away this way.
Then once boiling is completed use a normal counter top blender to puree the food, but now you are taking 2 steps and using a lot of counter top space with blenders and pots for boiling. An all in one baby food processor will do these steps and more without having to use 3 or 4 different pots or appliances!
You can make and store larger amounts of prepared foods in ice cube trays until there frozen and then store them in your freezer in Ziploc bags. I prefer the flexible ice cube trays for this process as it's a lot easier to get the cubes out! Remember if you do store your just made baby food in Ziploc bags be certain to date them when you put them in the freezer.
Making your own baby food in an all in one baby food maker gives the food a richer taste than the store bought stuff and your food isn't full of all the additives. The food will be home made by you and delicious for your baby to eat! I have started using reusable food containers and I find them to be more handier than freezer bags.