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					Making homemade baby food is really a very simple process and requires very little
in terms of kitchen equipment. Additionally, the benefits of preparing food for your
baby at home using organic produce are clear. It has been shown that children fed
organic foods have one sixth the level of pesticide by-products versus children who
eat conventional foods. Add to this the peace of mind that comes with knowing
exactly what your baby is eating and the extra effort in preparing homemade baby
food seems minimal indeed.

There really are only four items that are needed to prepare and store homemade baby
food, namely a good food mill, a steamer, air-tight storage containers, and a
microwave oven.

Baby Food Mill

A food mill is a food preparation utensil for mashing soft foods, and a baby food mill
is really the only absolutely essential piece of equipment required for making
homemade baby food. This can be either a manual device or an electric device.

The hand-operated mills typically have a hand-operated crank and a strainer for
separating seeds and skins from the puree for a smooth end product. In reality the
manual mills don’t make food really smooth, although they can do a great job of
quickly mashing foods provided they are cooked well to begin with. Additionally, the
separation of skins from the puree isn’t perfect and it is better to remove the skins first.
Otherwise, you will likely have to strain the puree afterwards.

A far better choice is to invest in an electric food mill. These devices consist of a bowl
to hold the food, an electric motor, and a blade which purees the food. There is no
strainer and so again you will want to remove any skin from the produce beforehand
or you will have to strain the puree afterwards. Preparing homemade baby food with
an electric food mill is very simple and these devices are highly recommended.

Steamer

A food steamer is a kitchen appliance used to prepare foods in a sealed vessel that
limits the escape of air below a preset pressure. With steaming, fewer nutrients are
lost relative to other cooking techniques, where most of the nutrients are discarded
after cooking. The steamer is used to soften up vegetables and other foods so that they
can be pureed in the food mill.

Air-Tight Storage Containers

When preparing homemade baby food, it may be desirable to make enough food at
once for several meals. In this case, it is necessary to store the food in air-tight
containers to prevent spoilage. Tupperware or similar containers in appropriate sizes
for single baby meals are available and are nice because your baby can be fed directly
out of the container. You never want to feed out of a container and then save unused
food from that same container because of the contamination risk.

Microwave Oven

A microwave oven cooks or heats food by using microwave radiation to heat
polarized molecules within the food. Nowadays they are found in virtually every
kitchen. They are useful for heating single portions of food that have been prepared
previously and stored in the fridge. It is extremely important to take great care to stir
the food after heating and then test the temperature to insure that there is no risk of
burns since a microwave oven can heat food very quickly to a very high temperature.
It may require no more than 15 seconds to heat a single portion of baby food. Be
careful!

About the author: My name is Wayne Baker and I am an audiologist living in Holland,
OH. I have three wonderful children and a fantastic wife who is a registered nurse and
childbirth educator. Through my interest in my family’s well-being and my wife’s
profession I have acquired an interest in healthy products and practices for children. I
decided to try to help other families as well through the creation of
homemade-baby-foods.com.

				
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