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Baby food preparation – Ready to start making baby food from the safety of your kitchen? Well, what better way to start than to learn the most natural and best cooking methods for retaining all those valuable baby food nutrients.
When you make your own baby food at home, you want to make sure that your baby gets the best nutrition possible. The quality of the food is significantly affected by how you cook it. For wholesomeness, preparing baby food in a way that will help retain as much of the nutrients as possible is vital.
Buy only the freshest ingredients and try to use them as quickly as possible as the quality of food deteriorates with time. As a general rule, fish, meat, and poultry should only be in a refrigerator for no more than 24 hours before use.
Hygiene in the kitchen is highly essential. Wash your hands thoroughly and wipe all kitchen surfaces carefully with soapy water and make sure that your cooking utensils are sparkling clean before and after use.
Baby Food Preparation – Fruits And Vegetables
Wash your baby’s fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove any small traces of soil. You also want to make sure that you rinse vegetables that have the label “already washed” or “ready to eat.” Rinsed them with clean running water just to be safe.
For young babies, foods such vegetables and fruits should be cooked until soft and then pureed to a smooth texture.
Baby Food Preparation – Meat, Fish, And Poultry
The freshness of chicken, fish, and poultry is also essential. When you do your grocery shopping, it is a good idea to pick all fresh foods last. Store meat and chicken on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator for about 2 days; or freeze them as you get home from the grocery store.
Raw chicken juices can cause severe food poisoning. To minimize cross contamination use different cutting boards for uncooked meats and vegetables (these labeled cutting boards make life so much easier).
Chicken, fish, and meat should be thoroughly cooked through as undercooked meats can carry parasites and bacteria. Babies should never be given rare beef.
Baby Food Preparation Tips – Cooking Methods And Technics
The cooking equipment that I use is very simple. You don’t have to buy expensive kitchen tools to make your baby food at home. I use a steamer pot for steaming all vegetables and fruits. All you have to do is put some water into the pan, put the steamer basket on and put whatever you want to steam into the basket, put the lid on and steam!
A whisk is also a good idea for baby food preparation, especially when making things like cheese sauce.
A good-quality hand-held food processor is a must, especially if your baby is just starting on solids. I personally find the handheld blenders. They just so much easier to use than the traditional ones and they are also very easy to clean.
A potato masher – good for mashed potatoes with a bit of texture. I found it useful when I started giving both my girls food with a bit of something to chew on. It allows you to mash food finely and at the same time leaving a few chunks to eat on here and there.
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