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      BigDodgeMan
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      I am the Program Director of an agency that works with teen parents (teaching all kinds of parenting skills to these young parents) and making homemade baby foods is one thing that these young parents really enjoy learning to do…I like to think that once we teach them how to do it that they do it all the time (yea, right…lol).

      Making homemade baby food is actually quite easy and MUCH less expensive than those little jars that cost $.50 each… First, using a blender makes life easier, but a good hand masher will work, too…

      Fruits are the easiest: wash them well, peel any skin from them, remove any seeds or pits and mash (or blend) until the desired consistency (do not add sugar)…

      Veggies: again, wash them well, peel any skin from them, remove any seeds or pits and simmer on the stove in a pit of water ~ or steam them in a steamer ~ mash (or blend) until the desired consistency (do not add salt, butter, sugar, etc)…

      Meats/Poultry: trim any fat from the meat/poultry and cook as you would for the bigger folks in your family WITHOUT adding any salt, fat, butter, etc…and be careful of adding spices …spices are much stronger for babies/toddlers/young children than they are for older folks. Cut cooked meat into small pieces and blend in the blender until you reach the desired consistency.

      You can freeze portions in a clean ice cube tray…each “ice cube” is about 1 ounce. Once the “cube” is frozen, you can transfer them to zip lock freezer bags for future meals. It is quick and easier…

      Make sure you are adding/introducing foods to your child when they are age appropriate…Young babies should never have honey or anything that hasn’t been pasteurized.

      There are many websites that list/discuss making homemade baby foods…Good Luck….And Have Fun!

      Stay Warm!!!

      Mel

      Mel Barkley

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