Baby Food Recipes and Canning Ideas

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baby food recipes

Can I just say how much I love feeding our babies homemade baby food? Especially when it’s something organic that I picked locally, or grew myself!

It’s incredibly satisfying.

And it’s wonderfully convenient to use stuff that’s already canned. Applesauce from the apples I picked off a friend’s tree. Pearsauce from my mother-in-law’s pear tree. Peaches we bought from a neighbor. Greenbeans, carrots and squash from last year’s garden.

Yes, it’s much more nutritious to make baby food from fresh ingredients, but I figure my home canned goods are at least a notch up from the store bought stuff. Not to mention MUCH cheaper.

The only downside is that when I canned these things, I didn’t have baby food in mind. In hind sight, there are a few changes I’d make next time I am canning something and will have a little one to share it with.

Next time, I’ll try making the fruit without added sugar, and the veggies with very little salt. Not that baby seems to mind, but it would be even better for him without these added ingredients.

baby food recipes

Turning canned goods into baby food is practically effortless. Just spoon out what you want into a baby food processor, a couple of whizzes around, and there ya go! Perfectly pureed.

Of course, I don’t always use canned food for his meals. Often I use fresh or frozen as well. Some of his favorite dishes right now are:

  • greenbeans
  • squash
  • sweet potatoes
  • mashed potatoes (made with water, not milk)
  • mixed veggies
  • broccoli and carrots
  • carrots
  • peaches
  • bananas
  • bananas and oatmeal w/ cinnamon (not the baby cereal kind)
  • bananas and blueberries (sometimes add cinnamon)
  • applesauce
  • applesauce and blueberries
  • pearsauce
  • pears

What are your baby’s favorite baby food recipes? I’d love some new ideas!

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6 thoughts on “Baby Food Recipes and Canning Ideas”

  1. I would not do the raw egg yolk, it is too hard to be sure your egg is “good”. We also avoided eggs till after 1 because we have egg allergies in our family.

    Our pediatrician suggested avocado as one of the first foods for our little one, and 5 years later he still loves it!

  2. My little ones have always liked avocados with a pinch of sea salt. Also I froze pinto beans pureed with salsa (initially not for baby, but for our dinner meals) and who would’ve thunk, my last little guy loved that too! Raw egg yolk mixed with banana is also very good for baby. (from good eggs of course!) Some people have a hard time with that one, but just think of it as the runny part of an over-easy egg. Nourishing Traditions talks about that, do you have that book?

  3. They’re not always cheap, but my little guy loves avocado mashed up with banana. They are so nutritious for babies though, and full of good nutrients, so I try to pick up a few a week for him.

    For breakfast I fry an egg (sometimes 2) over easy, and mash it up into baby food consistency. He loves it!

    He also likes banana, applesauce, or mashed avocado mixed with homemade yogurt.

    Your little guy is adorable!

  4. I always made my baby food and put it in ice cube trays. It was easy to thaw what I needed for each meal.

    Your baby is adorable, he looks like you!


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