Most smart mothers prefer making homemade baby food rather than buying it from the supermarket. Since our baby’s immune system is not developed enough we should be exceptionally careful about his diet and not put trust in the baby food available at supermarkets since we have not seen how it was processed. For this reason, the healthiest and safest baby food is the one that you make yourself at home. If you are new to making baby food and are lost as to what equipment you will need in order to make it, here is a list which will help you collect all equipment together to start making food for your baby.
Blender or food processor
You will need one of these for pureeing, blending and mashing baby food. If you are willing to spend a little money and make your task easier, the best option for you is to buy a baby food processor. The best food processor for baby food is the one that will steam, puree, mash and reheat food for your baby without you having to wash a lot of its parts. Some good ones even come with bottle sterilizer. If you want to make large quantities of food to store it for future use, buy a food processor that has enough capacity. If you are not willing to spend a lot of money, the blender or food processor that you are already using for your day to day kitchen tasks, will work just fine for making your baby food.
Ice cube trays
Instead of performing the same task every day, you will find it a better option to make three or four kinds of different purees all at once and storing them in the freezer in ice cube trays. One cube of your ice cube tray is the perfect size for a single serving for babies. Baby food will stay fresh in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.
Ice cube trays will take a lot of space in the freezer and taking out a single cube at every mealtime would be a hassle. For this reason, it is always better to transfer your cubes to freezer bags once they have frozen solid. Label these freezer bags with the food type and the date of preparation before putting them back in the freezer.
When your baby starts eating thicker and chunkier food, you can use a potato masher for mashing fruits and vegetables.
If you have opted not to buy a baby food processor, you will need to buy a steamer basket to steam fruits and vegetable to soften them before pureeing.
You will need this for pureeing small quantities of food if you need it right away to feed your baby.
This is all the equipment you will need to start you off. Now you are equipped with all the items essential for making fresh and healthy food for your baby.