Baby food/immersion blenders
I'm trying to make my own baby food rather than buying that insipid stuff in jars. I'm using my food processer but maybe an immersion blender would be better for some things. I tried green beans in the f.p. and they never pureed. Does anyone have either recommendations for a good blender and/or any advice for home-made baby food?
Congratulations on your little one!
I used my immersion blender for everything when my kiddoes were little.
All I did was put whatever food I wanted in a smaller container, and whirr it up.
Sometimes, water was needed to thin it out...but other than that...
When fruits and veggies weren't in season that I wanted, I'd buy the canned variety, no salt, and puree that up.
I'd find this especially helpful with pears and to make applesauce too.
When the babies were older, I'd simply take whatever we ate, and whirr that up.
I'd buy creamed corn and whirr that.
Our dear daughter is 2.5 years old and we made almost all of her baby food, using only our immersion blender (plus the little mini-prep attachment it came with) and our larger food processor. To save time and cleanup, we would do large batches at once (say, of steamed carrots), puree with a bit of water and then freeze in ice cube trays. Pop them out and store in freezer bags after they're frozen into individual cubes. One or two cubes, defrosted in the microwave, was dinner!
A VERY detailed book about all of this is called Super Baby Food. Sorry, I don't remember the author's name. She has an odd writing style (lots of exclamation points!) but she has definitely done her research and gives details on what foods are ok for baby at what age, the nutritional values of foods, etc. It was a very helpful resource for us.
Lastly, we used silken tofu a lot- as straight baby food sometimes, and at other times as a mixing agent/thickener/base for adding other perhaps less appetizing foods such as pureed spinach or kale. Worked beautifully, and is shelf-stable if you buy the little Mori-Nu brand blocks.
Have fun and good luck!
If you're willing to cough up professional blenders are so much more powerful than ones you buy at kitchen shops; There's no getting stuck or having to stir thing around or things being to thick to blend up.
That's so cool you make your own baby food.
You can buy a food mill and use that -- it give a good consistency for baby food texture. Babies R Us also sells a baby food chopper type thing.
It's been a long time since I fed infants...I'm a grandfather now. I remember the jarred baby food as being weird tasting. One of the earlier replies indicated that some liquid may be needed to puree vegetables.
The immersion blender is probably better than food processor...easier to clean up. We have an old food mill and it's a pain to clean.
When our oldest child was 4 months old, I gave her a taste of tomato sauce along with her jarred food much to my wife's horror. The doctor didn't say that the baby could have tomato sauce. Our daughter is now approaching her mid 40s. She loved the tomato sauce.
Steam the vegetables so that they are limp. Add some low-salt tomato sauce that does not contain High Fructose Corn Sweetener. Puree the mixture and see if your infant likes the stuff.
Other liquids that could be used with limp steamed vegetables are chicken broth or reserved liquid from canned vegetables like sweet potatoes which could also be pureed.
Congratulations on your baby. Our daughter is 11 months old and I've been making most of her food since she started on solids about six months ago. I've mainly used our immersion blender (I have the Braun and love it). I often use the mini-prep attachment that came with it. I recently bought a baby food mill at Babies R Us to try for a bit more texture, but I'm not wild about it. It's a bit messier than I would like, but it does create a nicer texture than the blender. My only problem now is trying to keep thinking of new things to feed her and not getting stuck in a rut. I do a lot of bean soups and vegetables at the moment. Good luck!