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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

How to Make Healthy Baby Food at Home

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Since the launch of my newest cookbook, I’ve gotten so many questions about whether it’s really that easy to make your own baby food at home. And trust me – it is!

All you need are the right tools – many of which you probably already have in your kitchen, and knowing the method, which is as easy as: steam, puree, freeze.

You don’t need a fancy baby food maker to do any of this stuff – in fact, I recommend against buying a special baby food maker because it’s a pretty pricey purchase for something you can’t repurpose for anything else. I like investing in kitchen tools that can grow with you and your family – just like the recipes in my book which aren’t just for babies and are meant to grow with your child until they are well into their elementary years!

So how do you make baby food at home? 

how to make baby food at home

First, I recommend investing in a good blender. One that you can use for smoothies and other “grown up” recipes – so the purchase is worth it! Any blender will work, but my favorite is the Vitamix. It purees everything SO smoothly that the consistency exactly mimics the baby food pouches at the grocery store. And you don’t have to peel any of the fruits/veggies (except for the obvious like bananas, oranges, pineapples, melon, etc. – that have a hard shell) because the Vitamix is so powerful that it pulverizes all of the peel of most fruits/veggies to retain all of those nutrients for your little one. It can also make chunkier meals for when your baby transitions away from purees. Lastly, you can use it for so many other things like making soups, smoothies, pancake batter, falafel mix, brownie batter, etc. – the list goes on and on! I bought one when I started making Layla’s baby food and absolutely LOVE it and use it all the time (still!)

Second, you need covered ice cube trays. Now, you could just take regular ice cube trays and cover them in plastic wrap, but I found that ended up with my purees getting freezer burn which wasn’t great. I love these Mumi & Bubi Trays – which store / stack really well, have tight lids, and hold a TON of baby food so you can literally make enough baby food for a month or two in one shot!

Lastly, it’s worth it to have a steamer basket that can fit inside any pot. Steaming fruits/veggies in bulk is key to making baby food easy and quick to make at home – and a steamer basket can make all the difference!

You also need a good, large pot – but literally any pot will do. And that’s pretty much it! Then you can literally make any baby food recipe at home for less cost, less time and a healthier puree for your little one than a store bought version.

And here is an example of a recipe that you can use for most fresh or frozen produce when making baby food – straight from my book – which is available for pre-order now (and you’ll get 14% off if you do!)

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Your little one will love my DIY healthy baby food purees. For a twist, try making a “smoothie”!

24 responses to “How to Make Healthy Baby Food at Home”

  1. Hello,

    I am very interested in buying your book. I am wondering what is different than any online recipes compared to yours. My little guy just turned 4 months and got the okay for food. Thank you for taking the time in reading this. Also is there another blender that is more budget friendly/will any blender work?

    • Hi Toree! My book is a stage by stage guide for making baby and toddler meals at home — all the way from 6 months to 3 years of age! In the book I outline recommended meal plans, food combinations and other things you likely won’t find online. As for a blender, any blender will work to some degree – it just depends on how smooth you want your baby’s puree to be. For a very very smooth (no chunks or textural issues in the puree), you’ll have to use a higher quality blender. While I do love the Vitamix, I agree it is pricey – and I’ve found that this blender from Hamilton Beach is more affordable but is still able to make a very smooth puree. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Hi! If you are wanting to do breast milk with the purées, is it okay to replace the water from the steaming with breast milk? Thanks!!

    • Hi Kati! You could do that, but if you’re planning to freeze the purees I’d actually recommend not mixing it with breastmilk. Instead I’d recommend freezing your purees separately, and then when it comes time to serve, you can mix it with breastmilk before serving. That’s just because if you mix it with breastmilk and then freeze it, you’re limited both in the storage time in the freezer (since breastmilk can be stored for up to 6 months in the freezer but not all purees last that long) and in the reheating process (e.g. I never liked reheating breastmilk on the stove, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend putting it in the microwave). So for convenience sake and to make sure your breastmilk doesn’t go to waste, I’d recommend making the purees and using less water so they’re a little thicker, freezing them separately, and then when it’s time to serve – mixing it with breastmilk before serving. Hope that helps!

  3. Is it necessary to cook frozen fruits and veg before pureeing such as peas and blueberries? I just made my first vegetable baby food with frozen peas and formula without cooking first! 😵

    • Hi Julie! You don’t have to cook the fruits/veggies before pureeing — cooking them just makes them softer, which makes them easier to puree (and makes for a smoother puree sometimes). But if it worked just fine with the frozen peas and you’re happy with the consistency of the puree then it should be just fine!

  4. I have your baby food cookbook and I was wondering if you’ve ever done the beef puree with ground beef or if you’ve found it works better with a full cut of beef?

    • Hi Michelle! I think it would work just fine with either actually! 🙂 You might just need to adjust the amount of liquid added (I’d add less to start and then add more as needed!)

  5. I had thought about making homemade baby food for our first born but was too intimidated and caught up in the fears of first time parenthood. We just had our second, and this is something I am really interesting to do not only to save money but also to know without a doubt what our baby is eating. Thanks for laying it out so simply!

    • Yay!! I’m so glad this post helped make it easier for you to try to make baby food at home! It really is so easy – once you get started you’ll get the hang of it in no time I’m sure! Let me know if you have any questions along the way, happy to help if you need it!

  6. Anjali, what is your procedure on Bananas? I mash them fresh per portion for my grandson. My daughter cooks them and then freezes them for future use. I can understand apples, pears and other hard fruits but Bananas; really?

    • Hi Lisa! You don’t have to cook bananas – you can just put them in a blender and puree them with a little bit of water (or mash them by hand) – totally fine to leave them raw 🙂 But cooking them doesn’t harm anything – it just takes more time!

    • Thanks Rachel!! I completely agree! Most people are surprised by how much cheaper it actually is to make baby food at home – and it’s healthier too! 🙂

    • Aw thanks Crystal!! Yes I am really grateful I learned about making baby food at home before I had my kids!

  7. My baby gives me such a hard time with feeding! There are very few things he likes eating. I have never tried blueberries but will take your advice and try it out. Let’s hope for the best.

    • Hi Susan! Some babies are like that – they just take a little longer to get used to solids. My daughter was super easy to feed but my son has taken about 2 months to warm up to the idea of solids – so just be patient, and be persistent and your little one will be eating a variety of foods in no time. The key is to not give up, and don’t limit what you give him either! Keep me posted on how it goes!

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