Making baby food doesn’t take much, but I have found that a few key items make it a lot easier to get started. I actually had almost all of these beforehand (including the book which I bought while pregnant) so my transition was simple.
1. My baby food bible.
This book has been great. I’ve pretty much followed it’s suggestions 100% and they have worked. I would recommend it to anyone making their own baby food.
2. Steaming basket and pot that it fits in.
Steaming is a super easy way to cook foods for baby and the steamer basket is essential. I like this silicone one because it won’t scratch the inside of my enameled cast iron pot.
3. Roasting pan.
For…um…roasting. Duh. Another way to cook. Yeah. Pretty self explanatory. Mine is Pyrex, but I have also used a cake pan. Yeah, whatever fits in the oven.
4. Food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet.
Or in my case, all three. I need a way to finely puree his foods. Sometimes a potato masher and a little elbow grease will do the trick, but my food processor, which is my go to appliance, makes life easier.
5. Ice cube trays.
Freezing his food into individual cubes makes serving it so much simpler. I just toss a few cubes of whatever he is having into his bowl and zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in some milk or water and go! I love the silicone trays because you can bend them to get the cubes out. Plus the cubes are all cute and square and look pretty in the bag. Once frozen just pop them out of the trays, toss them in a bag, label the bag and freeze!