After six months of breastfeeding, getting your baby started a baby meal on solid foods is always an exciting experience especially after waiting for what seems like ages. However, this period should be approached with uttermost care to ensure that your baby is only given healthy foods which should be prepared under very hygienic conditions.
Instead of spending a lot of money on packed baby foods, opting for the homemade option can be cost efficient while at the same time introducing the right diet to your baby especially if you go for organic, all-natural options. Just as with any other cooking experience, you will need a few essential kitchen appliances to help make your work easier and healthier. Always remember that healthy and tasty cooking starts by having the right recipes and tools.
Here are 5 essential appliances you should have as you prepare for that important start:
- Food processor
The introduction of solid food means you’ll need something to help you mash your baby food in such a way that you ends up with a fine puree. There are different options available including hand-held stick blenders, basic blenders, and food processors but the latter is more effective and reliable than others. Food processors are ideal in that they can be used making most of the homemade baby foods and you do not have to spend too much to get a good one. Although blenders are good, there is always a likelihood of blowing up their motors especially if you opt for the smaller accessories but you still could get something solid if you invest more money. But for dependability and effectiveness, consider investing your money into a nice food processor
- Potato masher
Within a few months after introducing your baby to solid food, potatoes and other ingredients such as pumpkins will be part of their plates. You need something that can help you mash these into silky smooth purees and later switch to more solid, mashed foods. Investing in a good potato masher can be great as it helps get rid of big lumps of the homemade baby food without fully eliminating the lumpier texture from the foods. Potato mashers normally make your work easier and faster.
- Steamer basket or Vegetable steamer
There are different kinds of steamers and you can choose that best suits your budget and needs. You can opt for an electric veggie steamer or a basic steamer, but the bottom-line is that you will need something that helps you get going. You should look for one that offers a tight lid as this helps retain the nutrients in your vegetable when you are cooking. A steamer will help make your pureeing easier and thorough.
- Food storage or ice cube trays
Some of the homemade baby food you prepare might need to be stored in a fridge especially if you are busy and would like to puree or cook in bulk. At times, you may want to keep the food frozen and as such, you will need special baby food trays. This works well since they allow you to store your mashes and purees in labeled and airtight bags thus saving you space in the fridge.
- Toaster oven
Although many people have used microwaves in the past, toaster ovens have become a great option especially because they help develop flavors in your homemade baby food thus making them very delicious. Remember you can’t use artificial flavors in your baby foods and therefore getting the natural flavors is very important. The best toaster ovens make your work easier, faster and can be used to heat and prepare small amounts of food.
There is much we can say about this topic but as you prepare to introduce your baby to the next stage of their feeding, remember the early days are important. Your baby should fall in love with solid foods early to avoid any resistance as you progress.
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