Are you wanting to learn how to make your own baby food? Would you like to learn how to make blueberry baby food for your little one? Blueberries are a delicious and nutritious baby food option!
Blueberry Baby Food
When it comes to our children, we as moms want to give them the best! We want them to be healthy and we want them to have the best start at life possible!
A great way to give your baby the best optimal start is to make your own baby food! Unfortunately store bought baby food can be laden with chemicals and other nasty ingredients.
Making your own baby food fresh is a great way to not only avoid these nasty ingredients, but to give your baby the freshest, most nutritious food possible!
When all four of my children were babies I made my own baby food for them. If you have never done it before, then don’t worry, it’s very easy! I’ll walk you step by step through the entire process:)
And I know it sounds time consuming, but it’s really not. You can make up a whole months worth of baby food in just a few hours!
How to Make Blueberry Baby Food
Before we begin I want to first say to consult your pediatrician before feeding your baby blueberries. Blueberries can be an allergen to some so your pediatrician might recommend waiting until your baby is older before incorporating them into your child’s diet.
So let’s get started and go make some blueberry baby food!
The only ingredients that you will need for this recipe are blueberries, and possibly a little filtered or reverse osmosis water.
The first step is to wash the blueberries.
Homemade Blueberry Baby Food
Blueberries should not be fed whole to babies. I recommend not feeding blueberries whole to a child under the age of three as it is a choking hazard.
There are two ways, however, that you can prepare blueberries for your baby.
One way is to fork mash them. Super easy, however not my preferred method. Blueberries have skins which can create an uncomfortable texture for baby and can also cause your baby to gag.
I prefer to puree them so that you can achieve a smooth texture.
Blueberry Puree Baby Food
To puree the blueberries I highly recommend purchasing a Vitamix Blender to make your baby food with. It is one of the best blenders and will blend baby food to a super smooth consistency to insure that you do not end up with blueberry chunks in the baby food that baby can gag on.
This is the only blender that I will use when pureeing not only baby food, but other recipes such as Sweet Potato Pie or Apple Butter as well! It is the best! And it lasts FOREVER! I have had my Vitamix for over a decade and it’s still going strong and purees foods just as good as the day I got it! Definitely worth investing in!
So add the washed blueberries to the blender. I usually fill mine about 1/3 to 1/2 full at a time and blend in batches to help speed the process up. You might need to also add a little water at this time. Only add water if the blueberries aren’t blending well because it’s too thick. If your blueberries are really juicy then this might not be a problem.
Start with a few tablespoons as you can always add more. Like I said, if the blueberry puree gets too thick they will not blend well. So keep stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed and adding water until all the blueberries are smooth and blended well.
You want it to be somewhat thick and not runny, so don’t add too much water. You basically only want to add as much water as is needed to help the blender out. Otherwise the blueberries will just stick to the sides and won’t fall down to the blades.
Once all the blueberries are blended to a super smooth consistency you have baby food! Yep, it’s that easy!
How to Store Homemade Baby Food
But wait, we’re not done yet!
What are you supposed to do with this large batch of blueberry baby food?
Like I mentioned above you can make a LOT of baby food in a short amount of time. The key is to freeze the blueberry puree that you won’t be using in the next couple of days for later.
However, you don’t want to freeze it all together. You want to be able to freeze it in serving sizes so that you can easily thaw out and use a small amount at a time. This way you can have baby food for a month or more!
How to Freeze Baby Food
To freeze baby food efficiently you really need to get these baby food cube trays. They’re kind of like ice cube trays that have lids.
Simply scoop the blueberry puree into the trays, place the lid on, and put it in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen you can pop them out and store them in freezer bags that are labeled with the date made.
Now you have a large supply of ready made, single serving, blueberry baby food cubes! How easy is that?!
How to Thaw Frozen Baby Food
When it comes time to use your frozen blueberry cubes you need to be sure that they are thawed in advance.
There are a couple of different ways to thaw out blueberry baby food.
The easiest is to put it in a bowl with a lid the night before and let it thaw in the fridge. That way the next day it will be soft and ready to use.
However, I know from experience, that this isn’t always an option! There were many times that I forgot to lay my baby food out and had to do it just before serving it.
I really don’t recommend thawing baby food in the microwave. Not only does it leave hot spots in the baby food that can burn your baby, but it also is bad for the baby food! You can read here about the dangers of microwaves and why I don’t have one.
So, the best way to thaw frozen baby food cubes quickly is the fill a bowl that is a little larger than the bowl holding the baby food with hot water. Sit the bowl with the cubes in the hot water. The heat will be enough to cause the cubes to melt.
You might have to change the water a few times and add fresh hot water as it gets cold. Also occasionally turn the cube and break it up as it gets softer to help speed up thawing.
I know this might seem like a pain, but it’s the best way to thaw the cubes so that they don’t get too hot for baby and the best way to preserve the nutrients in the food that you worked hard to make!
Be sure to test the thawed blueberry to be sure that it is not hot before feeding it to your baby.
Making Blueberry Baby Food
And that’s how you make homemade blueberry baby food!
Now the only thing left to do is to serve it to your little one:) I hope they enjoy it as much as you enjoy giving your baby the healthiest food possible!
For additional baby food recipes be sure to read:
- Organic Blueberries
- Filtered or RO Water (possibly)
*Consult your pediatrician before feeding blueberries to you child as blueberries are a common allergen.
Blueberry Puree Baby Food
The first step is to wash the blueberries.
Next you need to puree the blueberries.
Add the blueberries to the blender. I usually fill mine about 1/3 to 1/2 full at a time and blend in batches to help speed the process up. You might need to also add a little water at this time. Only add water if the blueberries aren't blending well because it's too thick. If your blueberries are really juicy then this might not be a problem.
Start with a few tablespoons as you can always add more. Like I said, if the blueberries get too thick they will not blend well. So keep stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed and adding water until all the blueberries are smooth and blended well.
You want it to be somewhat thick and not runny, so don't add too much water. You basically only want to add as much water as is needed to help the blender out. Otherwise the blueberries will just stick to the sides and won't fall down to the blades. But like I said, because blueberries are usually very juicy you might not need to add any liquid.
Once all the blueberries are blended to a super smooth consistency you have baby food! Yep, it's that easy!