If you are a parent that makes food for your baby at home you are so far ahead of the masses that are still feeding jarred food to their babies. Using a baby food maker to make the food allows you to have absolute control over what your baby eats and this means that they are eating foods that are free from excess/added sugar, salt, fillers and other additives that can affect your child adversely over the long run.
You are using the freshest foods and the best quality produce from your local market. Of course if you want to go totally organic then making natural foods for your baby is a breeze, you just go to your local farmers market or organic grocer and buy your produce. There are times though when your time might be short and in that case you can use fresh frozen vegetables and fruits in your baby food machine as it is quite easy. All you need is a baby food maker that will defrost, steam, blend and then puree’ your fruits and vegetables. You can choose to make just what you need at the time, or is if time is not an issue at the moment you can stock up and make a week or two worth of food and store it in your freezer in plastic covered ice cube trays and then lofet transfer the cube sized meals in Ziploc bags.
Remember that using a baby food maker and good quality fruits and vegetables and yes even meats and fish you will save money! Homemade food for you baby DOES cost less to make then buying store bought food. Think about this: When you make your own homemade food for your baby, it is the most natural that you can get and if you are concerned with the environment think about all the glass jars that you will not have to recycle! You are actually helping the environment!
Most of the foods that you will be making will of course need to either be cooked, baked or steamed. If you are using a baby food maker then when the food is soft you will put it in the machine and add any water used in the cooking to blend until puree’d to the consistency you want and then all of a sudden, presto-chango you have healthy food made at home.
In order to retain the utmost in nutrients and vitamins in the food you are preparing for you baby, steaming is the absolute best way to keep the taste and nutrients in the food. If you don’t have a baby food maker that steams then you can boil the foods that you want to make for your child, but much of the vital nutrients can get boiled out of the food this way. Then after boiling you can use a regular counter top blender to puree the food, but now you are taking two steps and taking up a lot of room on your counter top with blenders and pots. An all in one baby food maker is the answer to this problem!
When it comes to pureeing your food for your baby you can use a food processor just as you can use a blender, but then again you are taking two steps to accomplish something you can accomplish in one step. You could also cook your babies food in any way you want and then use a bowl and a hand blender, but that can get messy.