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Baby Food Recipes and Canning Ideas • New Life On A Homestead

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.

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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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