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Baby Foods

Feeding your baby doesn't mean separate cooking, or purchasing canned baby food. Family foods are fresher and much more healthy for your baby or toddler.

Prepare regular family meals and then process your baby's portion in a blender. Saves time, work and money, and also makes it easier to introduce new foods! Use the recipes below as a basic guide, preparing your own combinations from the food your family is eating.

Junior or Toddler Foods
Follow the basic recipe below, but chop foods rather then pureeing.

Prepare baby purees, pour into individual plastic ice cube containers and freeze. When frozen solid, pop out of containers, and store in plastic freezer bags. Each cube is just right for one serving, easy to heat, and low in cost. Thaw and heat cubes in covered saucepan over low heat.

When feeding your infants, place an amount appropriate to what they will eat in a separate dish, and discard what remains after feeding. Ever wonder why your mother told you not to eat or drink out of food containers? The reason is because your saliva will contaminate the food, as it promotes bacteria.

Basic Recipe
Meats & Vegetables:
1/2 cup cubed cooked meat or vegetable

4 to 6 tablespoons milk, formula, or other liquid.
Season lightly with salt.

Canned or Fresh Fruits:
3/4 cup cooked fruit
2 teaspoons syrup from fruit

Put ingredients into blender. Process at puree until smooth. To test for smoothness, rub a small amount between your fingers. If any large particles can be felt, process again.

Add full amount of liquid for very young babies - - decrease amount as child grows older.

Meat Combo Dish2 - 3 servings

1/2 cup cubed, cooked lamb, beef, or veal
2 tablespoons cooked vegetables (carrots, peas, spinach, celery, cabbage, squash)
1 strip crisp bacon
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cooked rice
Salt to taste


Put all ingredients into blender. Process by blending until thoroughly pureed. Heat before serving.


In above recipe, substitute 1/4 cup chicken broth and 1/4 cup cream for 1/2 cup milk and continue with directions.

Note: For younger babies, add an extra 1/4 cup milk.

Also see: [ Freezing: Special Foods and Baby Food ]


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