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Nov 15, 2013 11:54 AM

What type of beef to use for homemade baby food for a seven month old baby?

I want to make some homemade beef baby food. Can someone suggest what type of beef I should use? I would think the best way to prepare it would be to boil it.

At the same time what other foods would you suggest for babies' first foods after cereal? I am planning to make carrots, chicken, apple sauce, sweet potatoes, pineapple, chicken soup, and pear.

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    1. re: melpy

      Can this be frozen in ice cube trays, or is it something that must be fresh?

      1. re: lukfam

        I froze it in slices. Dip each slice in a half water half lime juice mixture to keep the color pretty.

        I put them on parchment on a plate in the freezer until solid, then into a zip top bag.

        The slices defrosted enough to mash for my kiddo in under 10 minutes.

    2. Here's some general info from the Mayo Clinic:

      I assume you're talking ground beef so I'd probably just use whatever you like. And you're going to grind it yourself, right?

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      1. re: c oliver

        No, I don't want to use ground beef.

        1. re: lukfam

          At that age I thought "solid" didn't really mean "solid" like a piece of beef. No? Perhaps I don't understand.

          1. re: c oliver

            I was planning on pureeing the chicken and the beef in a food processor.

            1. re: lukfam

              Oh, I take that to be the same as grinding. Again, I'd use whatever beef you like. Fattier might be easier to eat.

      2. Is there a particular reason for not using ground beef? The reason I ask is that I found ground meats (whether poultry or red meat) to be a little bit easier to puree for baby food.

        I saw below about pureeing avocado - I did this and it worked fine. I squeezed some lemon juice on the top before I froze the avocado in ice cube trays to prevent a lot of oxidation but otherwise it worked just fine (and defrosted very quickly too which was nice).

        I also made spinach, kale, beets, butternut squash, peas and broccoli.

        1. Since at this age you will be pureeing it later anyway you should just use some tender, high quality beef cut.
          In terms of what to give your baby after cereal we went with our baby to give very similar things what we would eat but with much less spices and salt at the beginning. You wrote down many sweet foods on your list, e.g. carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, pineapple etc. but even though we didn't completely avoided them we tried to give much more savory foods early on to not "train" a baby to only like (new) foods when they have a sweet component. And so we didn't have any limitations what we gave our daughter - and now with just recently turned two she pretty much eats everything and actually isn't often too much interested in sweet stuff.

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          1. re: honkman

            Can you give me some suggestions of what savory purees you made?

            1. re: honkman

              I think your advice to lean towards savory is a good thing. Even now (age two) they'd go for the fruits before the vegs if given the choice. Honestly who wouldn't?!? :) At six months our granddaughter enjoyed a little of my foie gras and triple creme cheese. We're raisin' that kid right :)

              1. re: c oliver

                How I wish we could easily get foie gras - the damn ban in California which makes it hard to get here. (We were also happy recently when our daughter had the choice on the table between a salad with cucumber, tomatoes and avocado (with vinaigrette) and some braised goulash and a cookie she immediately choose the the salad and goulash)

                1. re: honkman

                  This was stuff I bought right before the ban. She's not much of a sweets either also. I mailed some cookies along with other stuff a while back but her parents ate most of them :)

                2. re: c oliver

                  My son never wanted fruit when he was young. Ate every veggie. Until he stopped.
                  Until he started again.
                  I think we try way too hard to control how kids feel about and react to food.

                  1. re: magiesmom

                    Oh, yeah, her mom said she suddenly went off apples.

                  2. re: c oliver

                    Think about this for a bit. As she grows, how much do you want to spend on foie gras? Maybe liver wurst would be a better start.

                    1. re: sr44

                      :) I made a deal with our daughters that any money I spent on gifts would be matched by a donation to the college fund we set up :) So they WANT me to feed her foie gras!

                        1. re: sr44

                          Money well spent - on both ends of the equation :)

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Watch out for truffles, lobster, uni... Foie gras is just training wheels.

                            1. re: sr44

                              She'll have to settle for Dungeness crab for a while :)

                      1. re: sr44

                        cripes. Just realized that the kid in question is feeding him/herself solid food with a fork at this point....

                  3. Pretty much any kind of beef would work, but a tender beef will be easier to puree. Reserve some of the water that you boil it in to smooth out the texture.

                    Wait on the chicken soup for now. Introduce each food individually and serve that same food for a few days before introducing another item. We always started with fruit like, apples, pears, bananas, peaches, plums, mango, nectarines, apricots, etc. (not citrus) Than moved into the veggies like carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, spinach, avocado, broccoli, etc. (Tofu is a good way to introduce soy beans.) Then proteins, eggs, chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb and fish. Once it was established that those items did not cause problems, start with things like tomatoes, onions, celery, and more acidic fruits like oranges and pineapple and shellfish like shrimp. (See the Mayo Clinic guidelines already linked by somebody else, for info about introducing individual foods gradually.)

                    I say wait on the chicken soup because it is a combination of ingredients, not just one ingredient.

                    I strongly believe in introducing babies to a really wide variety of foods and tastes at a young age. They will grow into children that will eat anything.

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                    1. re: Springhaze2

                      "Wait on the chicken soup for now. Introduce each food individually and serve that same food for a few days before introducing another item" - I know this is a very American approach to baby food but I think that people here are way too worried about allergies etc. In most part of the world babies get introduced to a variety of different foods at the same time and they are not dropping dead like flies because of complications/allergies. And so I don't see any reason not to give (chicken) soups (and other mixed foods)early on

                        1. re: honkman

                          And we are all entitled to our own opinions. I'm not talking about babies dropping dead...It's more like having to deal with a really bad poopy diaper and not knowing what caused it.

                          A baby's palate is a blank slate. There is no reason to rush the introduction of foods. It really is not hard to follow a slow progression in the introduction of foods. Unless, of course, the parents don't want to be bothered with a few extra steps. I am just commenting on how I did it and recommendations from pediatricians and various other medical professionals.

                          I never had problems with getting my children to eat anything they are now young adults and enjoy/love food of all kinds.

                          1. re: Springhaze2

                            I agree that everybody has to do it his/her own way and that there is no "correct" way. But I disagree with your comment about "Unless, of course, the parents don't want to be bothered with a few extra steps" - My original comment has nothing to do with being afraid of potential extra steps/work but unncessary steps which have, in my opinion, no benefits.

                            1. re: honkman

                              As I said are entitled to your opinion, as am I. I see those steps as necessary.

                            2. re: Springhaze2

                              I'm extremely careful with anything approaching medical advice, esp. internet sites. But the Mayo Clinic is a solid go-to and they suggested adding a food at a time.

                              1. re: Springhaze2

                                One tiny problem here is that pediatricians and medical professionals rarely know much about health and diet!

                                1. re: sandylc

                                  I think that's a rather broad indictment. Having a good bit of medical/scientific background, I've found my health care professionals to be quite knowledgeable in those areas.

                                2. re: Springhaze2

                                  It was not for me a matter of not wanting to bother. We believe that kids do well eating basically what we eat.
                                  It worked well for us. No bad poop, no problems. But weare a family with no food allergies .we didn't ever do much cereal, either.

                                3. re: honkman

                                  I'm with you, honkman!

                                  We used a small food mill and fed our kids from our plates. Naturally, they started with things like banana and avocado but they quickly moved onto family fare. In our case that meant Indian, Thai and Mexican along with the meat-and-two-sides.

                                  They all grew up to have adventurous palates and to enjoy their food.