When I say that I make my own baby food, I get lots of impressed exclamations of “Really? Wow! That’s awesome!” Which is fun. I like to be praised. Thing is, it’s completely overblown — apparently, baby food has a reputation for being very difficult to make. This reputation is completely undeserved, and the following recipes will show you why.
Here are three recipes that formed a large part of my son’s early diet:
Peel the banana. Mash it.
Cut open the avocado and remove the flesh from the peel and the pit. Mash it.
Separate the flesh from the rind and seeds. Mash it.
Okay, I think you get the point. Mashing is the most basic of baby food making techniques, and you can mash just about anything that’s soft. Fresh fruits, like those I listed above, are the easiest and most obvious choices, but on the down side they really should be eaten fresh, not stored or frozen. Avocado is best mixed with banana or something else that’s sweet, as baby is more likely to eat it then. Other foods that you can mash (and here I have to plug this thing again, just because I love it so much — they really ought to pay me, don’t you think?) include fresh apricots, bits of cooked white and sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, well-cooked eggs* (not runny), very ripe astringent persimmons (which my baby LOVES — Quote: “OHMYGOD! GET IT INTO MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW! I WANT MORE!”) or just about any soft food.
So what’s the takeaway from all this? Making your own baby food is easy, easy, easy. You are welcome to keep on praising me, but really you should be praising things like my great wit, beauty, and intelligence rather than the fact that I do this one, really easy, thing for my offspring.
Hey, I said I would post recipes. Never say I didn’t deliver.
*Allergy note: Lots of places online and in books will tell you not to feed egg whites to babies under 12 months old. More recent research implies that, unless you have a family history of food allergies, you can feed your baby just about anything you want to after 6 months of age. Just do it mindfully, one ‘risky’ item at a time, and keep an eye out for a reaction. My 9-month-old baby has already had whole eggs, fish, and almond butter, and he’s just fine.