How to make your own baby food meat
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Homemade Meat Baby Food Recipes – Nutritious Homemade Meat Baby Foods Are Better than Jarred.
Please note: Meats may be introduced anytime between 7-8 months of age with the advice of your pediatrician. Many pediatric authorities, specifically in Canada, the EU and the U.K. recommend meat as one of baby’s first solid foods but not as THE first food. In the U.S. the recommendation to start meats earlier than 8 months is also becoming more common.
Easy, Fresh & Nutritious Meat Baby Food Recipes that your baby will Love.
Try the Beef, Chicken & Vegetable Stock/ Broth recipes too.
You may add veggies or fruits to any of the meat baby food puree recipes as you like. The additions of fruits and/or veggies may make the meats more palatable for baby’s first introduction to meats.
Beef, Pork or Veal Purée(Basic)
- 1 cup cold and cooked boneless beef, pork or veal – chopped into chunks no bigger than 1 inch
- 1/4 c cooking juice (save the juices that you cooked the meat in) or plain water
Step 1: Place meat chunks in blender or food processor and puree until a powdery mix is formed. Slowly add water and puree further until a smooth consistency is created.
Step 2: Add as much liquid as needed to make a consistency appropriate for your baby. You may add veggies or fruits to this puree as you like.
- 1 cup cold and cooked boneless chicken – chopped into no bigger than 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 c cooking juice (save the juices that you cooked the meat in) or plain water
Step 1: Place chicken chunks in blender or food processor and puree until a powdery mix is formed. Slowly add water and puree further until a smooth consistency is created.
Step 2: Add as much liquid as needed to make a consistency appropriate for your baby. You may add veggies or fruits to this puree as you like.
Read the Egg Allergy Information page for more information about egg allergies and using eggs in baked or other foods.
- Eggs – as many or as few as you like. Try to buy natural or organic eggs whenever possible.
Step 1: Hard-boil an egg
Step 2: Peel shell away and cut in half
Step 3: Scrape or pop out the yolk
Step 4: Mash the yolk and mix in formula, breast milk, yogurt, applesauce or whatever you choose that is appropriate for your baby.
Step 1: Crack an egg and separate the white from the yolk (you may use the shell for this or use an egg-separator)
Step 2: Warm olive oil or butter in a frying pan
Step 3: Scramble the yolk in a bowl with formula, breast milk, juice or whole milk and transfer to frying pan
Step 4: Cook over medium heat, scrambling constantly, until thoroughly cooked
** You may also add items such as pureed (or small diced & soft cooked) broccoli, carrots, peas etc… makes great finger food.
Fish Purée (Basic)Read the Introducing Fish article here
- 1 cup cooked boneless white fish
- 1/4 c or plain water
Step 1: Place fish in blender or food processor and slowly add liquid while puréeing until a smooth consistency is created.
Step 2: Add as much liquid as needed to make a consistency appropriate for your baby. Add in veggies or even fruits if you like!
- 1 c cold and cooked boneless turkey – chopped into no bigger than 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 c cooking juice (save the juices that you cooked the meat in) or plain water
Step 1: Place turkey chunks in blender or food processor and puree until a powdery mix is formed.
Step 2: Slowly add water and puree further until a smooth consistency is created.
Step 3: Add as much liquid as needed to make a consistency appropriate for your baby.
Read Ideas and Information about Tofu and Feeding Babies Tofu
Selecting Meats for Baby Food Recipes – Prepared ANY meat by baking/roasting it. Some good cuts are:
Chicken – Breasts (higher in protein and lower in fat) and Thighs/legs (higher in iron and higher in fat)
Beef – Eye of Round roast, Top Sirloin, Lean Fresh Ground beef
Pork – Tenderloins, Pork Loin Roast (boneless – center cut), Center cut Pork Chops
Turkey – Breasts, Thighs, Legs, Ground Turkey (note the same rules applies for white/dark meat with turkey as chicken)
Veal – any cut will suffice
Ham – while really pork, Ham is not the same as eating Pork Tenderloin for ex. A fresh home baked ham is the best. Check all labels for Sodium Nitrite and Salt content prior to purchasing.
EASY Meats and Protein “Dinners” and Combinations for Babies
Baby’s First Omelet
- 2 Egg Yolks
- Milk or Formula
- Puréed or Chunky Veggies
Step 1: Prepare a small frying pan with a pat of butter or a dab of olive oil and heat
Step 2: Scramble egg yolks & Milk or Formula in bowl then pour egg mixture into heated pan.
Step 3: Scramble egg mixture until almost cooked and add veggies.
Step 4: Cook until egg mixture is no longer runny.
Step 5: Add small bits of shredded cheese (Swiss, American, Cheddar or Parmesan)
Step 6: Scramble again when cheese has melted.
Serve with Fruit Dices, Yogurt, and/or Petite Toast Points with Fruit Purée Spread.
Great for Lunch or Dinner too. Ensure that the Baby Omelet has cooled enough for Baby to eat. (Please use only those ingredients that baby has eaten without any allergic reactions.)
Baby’s First Beef Stew
- 1/2 cup cubed cooked beef
- 1 peeled potato
- ¼ cup shelled fresh or frozen peas
- 1 peeled carrot
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1/4 cup uncooked pasta (try ditalini or other small pasta sizes)
- 4 cups of water
Step 1: Wash vegetables thoroughly and chop very fine.
Step 2: Simmer the veggies for 20 minutes or until softened
Step 3: Add the macaroni and cook for 10 minutes longer or until very soft.
Step 4: Drain but save the water and use to mash into the stew
Step 5: Mash or puree the mix until it is of a consistency adequate for baby
Beef or Veal Dinner
- 1 lb beef or veal, tender and lean, cut in 1″ pieces
- 1 celery stick, chopped
- 3 carrots peeled and diced
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/4 inch dices
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Step 1: Put the meat in about 1 cup of water in a saucepan and simmer for 45 minutes or until cooked
Step 2: Add celery, carrots, potato, garlic and onion.
Step 3: Cook for 35 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Step 4: Take pot off the heat and let cool a few minutes. Discard vegetables and serve as a “side” or add to puree.
Step 5: Put about 3/4 cup of the meat in the blender with 1/3 cup of the cooking water. Puree until smooth. Add the reserved veggies. Repeat with the remainder of the meat
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Apples & Chicken
- 1/3 cup chopped & cooked boneless chicken*
- 1/4 cup cooked apple (no skin or seeds), very soft
- You can also use a 1/4 cup of Natural applesauce
Step 1: Puree chicken with cooked apple in a food processor or blender until desired consistency for baby is achieved.
Brown Rice Chicken & Peaches
- 1/2 cup cooked boneless chicken – chopped
- 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 ripe peach
- 1 tb juice (white grape or apple juice may be used or use water)
- 1 tb milk and 2 ts wheat germ
Step 1: Mix all ingredients together, transfer to blender/food processor and puree or chop to make textured for older babies
Creamed Chicken & Potato adapted From “Baby’s First Helpings” by Chris Casson Madden
- 2 tsp Sweet butter or margarine
- 1 tsp Unbleached flour
- 1/4 c Low fat milk
- 1/4 c Chicken, cooked, boned and-shredded
- 1/4 Potato, baked and cubed (try using sweet potato. )
- 1 tbls Grated white cheddar cheese
Step 1: Melt butter in small heavy pan over low heat.
Step 2: Stir in flour and blend well and then add milk and stir until smooth.
Step 3: Cook over low heat until mixture begins to thicken, then add chicken and potatoes. Stir for about 2 to 3 minutes more or until heated through. Feel free to add a few vegetables. Add cheddar and stir until melted.
Chicken Casserole adapted from First Meals by Annabel Karmel
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 chopped carrots
- 2 sliced leeks, white part only
- 1 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 peeled, chopped parsnips
- boiling water
Step 1: Heat oil in pan, add carrots & leeks, & sauté until softened, (about 6 mins. )
Step 2: Add chicken and sauté, turning occasionally, till seared, but not browned.
Step 3: Add potatoes & parsnips & just cover w/boiling water. Cover & simmer for 15 mins, or till everything is tender and cooked through. Blend to a puree, or leave chopped for older babies.
Baby’s Yummy Fish Dinner
(consult a pediatrician regarding introducing fish and read the Introducing Fish to Babies page.)
- 1 filet of any white fish such as cod, haddock etc. (unbreaded and cooked)
- 1/8 c or whole milk
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 cup mashed peas
- 1/8 c mashed carrots
- 1/8 c mashed potatoes
Step 1: Combine all ingredients and blend/puree until creamy – Serve warm
- 1 Package of Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
Step 1: Cut tofu into small bite-sized cubes and dust it with crushed cheerios, wheat germ or crushed graham crackers
Step 2: Blend it up with a banana and wheat germ and serve by spoon. You may blend it with any type of fruit(s) like apples, strawberries, blueberries or pears
Step 3: Cube it and toss it into (sodium free) soups or broth and give the cubes to baby
Step 4: Mash tofu with cottage cheese and seasoning to make a sandwich spread.
Step 5: Create your own tofu burgers with mashed tofu, bread crumbs, chopped onion and your favorite seasonings – according to baby’s age and stage of course.
Use the silken tofu and add fruits and fruit juice to create a Fruit Smoothie
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Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.
Cooking & Puréeing Meats for BabyCooking Meats for Baby:
Baking meats for baby food is my preferred method and retains the most nutrients. You can boil/poach or use a crock-pot but *be aware that when any food sits in water or its own juices, nutrients leach into the liquid. If you do not use the liquid, the nutrients along with the liquid will get tossed out down the drain.
Puréeing Meats for Baby: (most tried and true method for the least amount of “grittiness”)
- Make sure the cooked meat is COLD and is in no bigger than 1-2 inch chunks when you puree.
- Grind up the meat first until it is almost like a clumpy powder.
- Add water, formula, or breast milk or the natural cooking juices as the liquid and continue to puree.
- Add fruits and veggies if you wish
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Basic Beef Baby Food Puree (6+ Months)
This homemade Basic Beef Baby Food is a great addition to your baby’s favorite purees for extra protein and flavor! It’s an incredibly simple recipe with big flavor and nutrition! It’s perfect as a Stage One Baby Food – 4-6+ months.
Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).Beef Baby Food
Beef, it’s what’s for baby’s dinner! Beef puree, that is. 😉
This beef puree is loaded with so many great nutrients that your baby needs in order to thrive – protein, iron, calcium and folate.
And while it may seem counter-intuitive and perhaps weird (or at least it did to me), beef puree 🥩 is a great first food for your baby.
Just because it’s a nutrient-dense puree doesn’t mean your baby needs bowls upon bowls of it. Since beef puree has a somewhat intense flavor, a few spoonfuls added to your baby’s favorite veggie or fruit puree should be enough.
Is it your first time making homemade baby food? If you answered yes, then I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on How to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed article goes over all the essential information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, knowing when your baby is ready for solids, introducing purees, making the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes.
Beef Puree Video
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make your baby homemade Beef Puree!Reasons to Love this Beef Puree
- simple yet flavorful
- packed with protein
- great to add to any other fruit or veggie puree that baby loves
- baby food for 4-6 months and up
- stage 1 baby food
Make sure to read the recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions!
- Beef: Since beef is the star of the show in this puree, we are going to start with a good piece of meat. We are going to use 8oz of chuck stew meat or cubed sirloin beef. You can also easily scale up this recipe if you want more than 12 ounces of baby food.
- Broth: To get that rich, deep beef flavor, we will cook our beef in beef broth. I recommend using a low-sodium, sodium-free, or free-range beef bone broth for this recipe. You can also use any of those variations above with a vegetable broth as well. If you don’t have any of those on hand, you can use water.
- Oregano: We are adding dried oregano to give the puree a little more complex taste. This can easily be omitted if you prefer or you can substitute in dried parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme or cilantro.
Grass-Fed Beef: I recommend using grass-fed beef for this recipe, if possible. Grass-fed beef will have more healthy fats, more free Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats), vitamins A, E, and B as well as more antioxidants.
Health Benefits of Beef
- Protein: Beef is an excellent source of protein, which is essential for proper growth and development of all organ systems and maintaining and repairing tissues. It is considered a complete protein, meaning it has all of the amino acids that are needed to make protein.
- Iron: Beef is a good source of iron, needed for making red blood cells, neurodevelopment and preventing iron deficiency anemia, and zinc, needed for growth and development and supporting the immune system.
- B12: Beef is also high in B12, which is essential for brain development and healthy red blood cells.
- Choline: can also be found in beef, which is also important for brain growth and development.
- Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring the cubed beef, broth, and oregano to a boil over medium heat.
- Simmer: Turn the heat down to low and cover the saucepan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the beef is just cooked through. Let it cool slightly.
- Puree: Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a blender or food processor and puree until you reach your desired consistency, adding broth in 1/4 cup increments if needed.
- Eat: Serve to your baby plain or added into another puree.
- Freeze: Store a small portion in the fridge and freeze the rest for another meal.
These tools will make it a lot easier for you to make this healthy Beef Puree. For more of my favorite kitchen tools make sure to check out my shop.
- Blender or Food Processor
- Freezer Tray
- Storage Containers for Fridge
- Stasher Bag
- bib with catch pocket
Frequently Asked Questions
When can baby eat beef puree?
Babies can have beef as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
Can beef be baby’s first food?
Yes, beef can 100% be baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to baby once a few other well tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for baby to have.
Is beef a common allergen for baby?
No, beef is not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.
Does beef cause constipation for babies?
No, beef itself is not known to cause constipation in babies, however it won’t really help with constipation either since it lacks fiber. If baby is eating too much meat, it could replace fiber-rich foods, which could cause constipation.
You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.Freezer
This puree can be frozen for up to 2 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container. Do not overfill.
- Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap, and label with the date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight.
- Pop out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stasher bag for future reference.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me; by the end of the week, you will completely forget what is in your freezer and how long it’s been there. 😉Great Beef Combination Purees
While this beef baby food is great by itself, it can be a little intense for some babies. I recommend mixing it into one of your baby’s favorite purees as an introduction to the rich taste of beef. Here are some great purees to mix with the beef puree:
- Sweet Potato
PUREE FEEDING TIPS
- Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow your baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that your baby is finished with the meal.
- Try adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!
- Throwing spoons is a common phase that all babies go through at one point or another. One of the best ways to handle spoon throwing is to ignore it and keep feeding your baby as usual (with an extra spoon you already have at the table). If your baby ends up also throwing back up spoons #2 AND #3, simply encourage your baby to eat with their hands until they appear to be finished with the meal. ***Give baby plenty of opportunities to practice putting items in and taking items out of containers outside of mealtimes.
- Use a Slotted Spoon: When transferring the cooked beef from the saucepan to the blender, make sure to use a slotted spoon so you don’t add too much broth into the puree from the start. You only want to add broth if needed while blending. I had to add a 1/4 cup of broth to the blender while I was pureeing this beef.
- Reheat Gently: If you are freezing some of this beef puree, reheat it in 20-second intervals. You don’t want to recook the beef.
- 8 ounce beef chuck stew meat, or cubed sirloin beef
- 2 cups beef or vegetable broth, low or no sodium
- 1 tsp dried oregano
Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring beef, broth and oregano to a boil over medium heat. Turn to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until beef is cooked all the way through. Let cool slightly.
Transfer: Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a blender or food processor, reserve broth.
Puree: starting on low and working your way up to high-speed, puree the beef until you reach your desired consistency, adding in broth in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in just 1/4 cup of broth to get the consistency seen in this photo.
Eat: serve to baby plain or added into another puree.
Freeze: store a small portion in the fridge and freeze the rest for another meal.
Age: 4-6 months and up
Yield: 12 ounces
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
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How to cook meat puree for babies
Babies will not try baby meat puree until they are 7-8 months old. At this age, the child grows and develops intensively, and the iron reserves that he accumulated while he was in his mother's tummy and during breastfeeding are depleted in his body. It is during this period that it is recommended to introduce baby meat puree into his diet. Meat is the main source of complete animal protein, which is necessary for a growing man to protect against infections, normal development and formation of teeth and bones. Properly prepared meat puree for the first feeding contains easily digestible iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins. It also contains extractives that stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and the digestive system.
It is worth remembering the rules for the introduction of complementary foods. A new product is introduced gradually (over 5-7 days) starting with a small amount. It should be given in the morning to mark an unwanted reaction. Complementary foods are given from a spoon before breastfeeding or formula milk.
When feeding with mashed meat, start with a portion of 3–5 g (that’s 1/2 teaspoon), so that, gradually increasing its size, reach 60–80 g by 1 year. you can buy in the store, ready-made. Is it worth it to "fool around" with home cooking? It's up to you. There is no single answer to the question of which meat purees are best for your baby. But we think you will agree that a homemade recipe guarantees confidence in every ingredient. Yes, and cooking mashed potatoes at home is not difficult.
Puree meat for the first feeding: recipe and step-by-step instruction
You will need:
Glass or ceramic cup capacity 200-500 ml
Glass potato with a capacity of 0.5-1 l 9000
plastic or metal spoon
plastic cutting board (more hygienic, wood is more difficult to clean and germs can accumulate on it)
actual piece of meat
For the first feeding, it is recommended to choose hypoallergenic rabbit or turkey meat, which are easy to digest and contain little fat. Lamb and lean veal and beef are also not forbidden. Pork for babies will be too fatty and can cause a malfunction in the digestive system, chicken quite often causes allergic reactions.
It is recommended to buy meat for baby meat puree in a trusted store. Since any meat must pass veterinary control, the seller must carry a certificate confirming this procedure. Give preference to whole cuts of meat (not in cubes), fresh and juicy in appearance, not weathered. The cut of a piece of meat should be even, pink. A dark red or whitish cut indicates that the meat was either stored incorrectly, or is far from the first freshness.
To help a mother who is worried about the question “what to feed her baby”, we have prepared a material “What to feed a baby: a baby’s nutrition diary from birth to a year”
Before preparing the meat puree for the first feeding, it is necessary to thoroughly rinse the meat under running cold or warm water. Remove fat, veins, skin, films from it and free it from bones.
Then cut a piece of about 10 cm from the whole piece of meat. Meat puree, like other foods for babies, should not be stored. For this reason, at one time you will need a very small piece of meat. The remaining meat can be cut into larger pieces and put in the freezer. Just keep in mind that any food for babies can only be thawed once. A defrosted product cannot be re-frozen: temperature changes create a favorable environment for the reproduction of pathogens. So every time, intending to prepare meat puree for feeding, we take out 1 piece of meat from the freezer. For the first time, this amount is more than enough.
3. Rules for cooking meat for baby puree
Put the meat in a pot of cold water (remember, it must be filtered or bottled) and wait until it boils. After 5 minutes, drain the water (this is necessary to get rid of fat and extractives that make digestion difficult) and fill the meat with new water, it should cover it. Cook the meat until tender over low heat for about 2 hours (turkey, veal and lamb should be cooked until tender for 1-1.5 hours). If the water boils away, add it again. And remember that kids do not need to salt and add spices to the meat.
Find out how to make a menu for a one-year-old baby here: “Almost an adult menu: what to feed a child from one to two years old”
cut it into small pieces. Then grind the pieces in a blender.
To make puree a homogeneous consistency, similar to thick porridge, add a few tablespoons of mixture or vegetable broth to it (meat broth is not allowed for babies!).
Ready-made meat puree can be mixed with vegetable puree, which is already familiar to the baby. So the child will more easily accept the new product. You can also pour a few drops of vegetable oil into the meat puree (7-month-old children are entitled to 5 ml).
The first serving of meat puree should be 0.5 teaspoon. Pay close attention to your child's reaction. If everything is in order, after a week you can increase the portion. By the year the child should already consume portions of 60-80 g of meat. It is best to feed baby meat puree at lunchtime.
Read also: “When a child begins to chew and how to prepare for this”
Each mother has his own recipe for making meat puree for infants . We will present some of them.
Homemade meat puree for babies with beef
Needed: 40 g beef, water, 1 teaspoon butter
Cleaned meat, free of bones, membranes and sinews, cut into small pieces. Stew the pieces in a small amount of water until fully cooked, about 2 hours. Cool the finished meat and scroll twice through a meat grinder, and then chop in a blender. This way you will achieve a uniform consistency. Add a little vegetable broth to the resulting puree and bring to a boil. Thoroughly mix everything, add butter.
You can also add some breast milk to the meat puree. But in this case, boiling mashed potatoes is no longer required.
Turkey meat puree recipe
You will need: 100 g turkey fillet, 0.5 cup of water.
Meat can be cooked on the multicooker rack, steamed or boiled in a pot of water on the stove. We cook in a slow cooker by setting the “steam” mode for 40 minutes. We cut the boiled meat into pieces, which we grind with a blender until a homogeneous consistency is obtained. Dilute with water. Since the turkey puree is a little dry, you can pour a few drops of vegetable oil into it. Ready-made meat puree can not be stored in the refrigerator for more than a day.
How to choose the right meat puree for babies in the store? We figured out the issue together with a nutritionist: “Ready-made meat puree for a baby: analysis of the composition”
How to cook meat for children up to a year
how to introduce meat into a child's diet
During the first year of life, the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of a baby gradually begins to adapt to new food. With the onset of each month after reaching six months of age, complementary foods from new products are introduced into the baby's menu. The task of the mother, together with the pediatrician, is to carefully, gradually introduce new foods to the growing little man and not harm the health of the child, as well as to provide him with an adapted and balanced diet according to his age and development. How to introduce mashed potatoes and cereals into your baby's nutrition you will read in our articles. But we will discuss a more serious issue with you right now. And this: how to cook meat for children under one year old? About all the features of introducing this product into the child's diet. as well as recipes for its proper preparation, you can learn from our article.
Also read our article: “First complementary foods: where to start”
Approximately by 8-9 months of life, meat purees are introduced into the baby’s diet - a rich source of protein necessary for development, and of course iron, which is well absorbed organism. For a healthy baby, they begin to introduce 1-2 teaspoons of meat or poultry per day, gradually, over a couple of weeks, increasing its amount to a full serving. In a year, a baby, as a rule, can already eat at lunch or dinner up to 65-90 grams of meat puree with vegetables or dairy-free porridge.
How to cook meat for children up to a year. Meat for baby food can be purchased in children's stores or supermarkets in the form of canned food, as a rule, these are small 100 gram jars. Or, you can cook the meat yourself at home. It is up to the mother to decide which product to choose in order to feed her child.
What kind of meat is healthier for baby food
How to cook meat for children under one year old. For the preparation of meat dishes for baby food, only the freshest meat is used, which must be cleaned of fat and films, without adding salt and spices to it during heat treatment. Only upon reaching 1-1.5 years, you can start adding some salt to food, add vegetable or butter to it, use fresh herbs.
But the question is not how to get a piece of meat correctly, but what kind of product to give preference to, and where to start complementary foods for a baby? Let's try to look into this issue in detail together.
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When and how to introduce meat into the diet of a child
Meat contains amino acids, minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and full development of the baby, so by about 8-9 months of the first year of life it must be included in the baby's menu.
1.5-2 months after the introduction of the first complementary food in the form of porridge or vegetables, the baby's gastrointestinal tract will be adapted to the assimilation of heavier, meat food. There are other rules by which you can navigate that the baby is ripe:
- at least 6-7 weeks have passed since the start of the first complementary foods;
- the baby's first teeth have started to erupt;
- low hemoglobin levels during blood tests;
- there are serious indications for the baby to start gaining weight.
When and how to introduce meat into a child's diet . The introduction of meat into the menu allows tissues, mice and the skeletal system to fully develop, in addition, the chewing apparatus is strengthened, and chewing skills are formed. And with artificial feeding, meat in the child's diet should be introduced a month earlier.
Important! It will be quite difficult to skip meat at the right time if you follow the general recommendations for introducing new foods into your baby's menu.
Complementary foods can be started with canned meat, which has a homogeneous texture. In addition, jars can be bought only from one meat, without additives, and they will be enough for exactly two meals at first. Just be sure to transfer the remaining puree to a clean, sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid and store the product for up to 12 hours in the refrigerator. It is more comfortable. And what is better for your child? It is more useful, of course, to prepare mashed potatoes yourself from fresh meat. But here you have to work hard.
Which meat is healthier for a child
Which meat is healthier for a child. Starting from 7-9 months, meat must be present in the baby's diet every day. If it is not enough in the crumb menu, then this can lead not only to anemia (insufficient level of hemoglobin in the blood), lag in physical and mental development, various disorders of the nervous system and anemia.
Every responsible parent, before introducing a product new to him, must take a sample from him. And thanks to meat, the most important amino acids and vitamins that are necessary for its development and growth enter the crumbs' body.
Benefits of meat
Amino acids are essential for proper metabolism and metabolism in the body, as well as protein synthesis. The body is able to synthesize 20 amino acids, and with a lack of at least one of them, a protein deficiency appears in the body.
Iron - in meat it contains from 65 to 95%, depending on the variety. And thanks to this mineral, cells are saturated with oxygen, the flow to tissues and small vessels improves.
Calcium - vital for bones and muscles, their proper growth and development. In addition, this mineral contributes to the normalization of the nervous system.
Vitamin A - effectively breaks down fats and adipose tissue in the body, and also contributes to the formation of new healthy cells.
Vitamin B12 - performs the most important task - forms blood cells, promotes the growth and formation of nerve endings.
Vitamin D - helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, helps the bones form and grow properly, and also plays the role of preventing rickets.
It is recommended to start complementary foods with turkey or beef, but it is best to postpone allergenic pork and chicken until the very last moment. Consider the options for the usefulness of meat by variety and be sure to pay attention to how much and how to cook this or that variety.
Important information! Meat has a different structure than mashed potatoes and porridge, so this product is great for helping to form the first chewing skills in a child of the first year of life.
Turkey meat for a baby
The most successful option for the first complementary food for a baby, it is turkey that contains the least fat, a lot of protein and amino acids, useful minerals and vitamins.
Turkey meat, especially fillets, has low allergenic properties and is high in protein. Almost completely absorbed by the body, while the meat contains very little fat and cholesterol.
Compared to other varieties, sodium predominates in the product, and the iron content is higher than in rabbit or beef. Very tender and tasty meat, which should be given preference for feeding a baby.
How long to cook
If using turkey breast, it is enough to boil the meat for half an hour in boiling water and then grind it with an immersion blender.
When using turkey thigh meat, it is worth dressing it for 10-15 minutes longer, and only then start chopping the product.
Meat rich in protein, which practically does not cause allergies, while being absorbed by the body up to 95%. The protein content reaches 20-25%, with much less fat than in beef.
It is recommended to select carcasses of young rabbits that are less than 3-4 months old, and use the back of the rabbit carcass for baby food.
How long to cook
Rabbit meat is cooked in the same way as turkey, with a small exception - during cooking, you can add root vegetables - onions and carrots, parsley or celery root to slightly reduce the "specific" aroma.
How to cook meat for children under one year old. From chicken, it is recommended to use breast (fillet) for cooking, and give the child no more than 2 times a week, due to the fact that the product can cause allergic reactions.
There is no special benefit for the nutrition of the baby in this meat, so it is worth introducing it into the diet after the baby has grown up, chews confidently, and be sure to monitor whether there is an allergy to the product.
How much to cook
How to cook meat for children up to a year. Chicken meat will be ready in 25-30 minutes, especially if you cut it into small pieces and use breast fillet or flesh from the thigh. Village chickens take much longer to cook than a chilled product from supermarket shelves.
It is this type of meat that most often begins feeding an infant, and this is done not only because of the availability of this product, but also due to the fact that beef contains a lot of iron. In addition, this product contains a lot of valuable protein, essential amino acids and vitamins.
The product is absorbed by the body by 75-80%, and if it is veal, then by 85-90%. For the preparation of baby puree, it is recommended to use tenderloin, it contains only 2.8% fat.
How to cook meat for children under one year old. Another variety of low-allergenic meat product that can be included in the diet of a child of the first year of life. Moreover, it is horse meat that is practically not inferior in terms of fat, vitamins and nutrients to beef that is healthy and familiar to us.
Despite the fact that pork is hypoallergenic, it is quite fatty, so the load on the body increases. If you give it to a child, then you should choose the leanest part of the carcass for cooking, for example, tenderloin.
Lamb meat is practically not inferior in nutritional value to other varieties, but in itself is more rigid and fibrous, so it is difficult to start complementary foods with it because it is impossible to grind it at home to a homogeneous state.
Meat broth for a child
Meat broth can be introduced into the diet of a child not earlier than 1-1.5 years, and even then infrequently. First, meat is introduced into the menu, and only then you can diversify the menu with broths and soups based on them.
Lean meat should be boiled in a small amount of water, with the addition of vegetables, preferably root vegetables.
How to cook meat for a baby
Some mothers, especially those with a restless child, find it more convenient to introduce complementary foods on the menu by buying meat in jars in the form of canned food. Their composition is simple and safe, in the classic version without cereals and vegetables, the meat itself and water are directly contained. But it is much tastier, healthier and more economical to cook it at home. However, not every parent knows how to properly cook and process it before giving it to the baby. Let's look at this issue in the most detailed way.
For the first feeding
Homemade meals must be fresh, ideally if mom cooks them for just one meal, and not store them in the refrigerator for a second or even third use.
From 7 months
Before cooking meat yourself, in order to introduce the baby to a new product, you should know that there are some rules that must be strictly observed:
- Meat must be boiled, even if you stick small meatballs, before freezing, you need to boil them for 5-7 minutes, cool, and only then you can freeze them. Meat balls prepared in this way can later be steamed.
- the dish must be given from a plate with a special spoon and in small portions;
- The best time to feed meat is at lunchtime. For example, for starters, the baby is given a little vegetable puree with meat, and then you can already feed the baby with soup, breast milk or a mixture;
- at first, the meat is diluted with milk or a mixture when chopping, you can also use vegetable broth from those vegetables that the baby has already tried;
- vegetables or cereals can be gradually added to the meat to gradually displace the milk and replace it with a full meal;
Important! It is undesirable to mix meat with potatoes - it turns out to be a very difficult dish for digestion and assimilation, which the baby's gastrointestinal tract can simply not cope with.
- The already prepared dish can be stored in the refrigerator in a clean, sterilized container with a tight lid for no more than 10-12 hours.
Up to a year
As soon as the baby develops the first chewing skills, it is advisable to scroll the meat several times through a meat grinder, and slightly salt the product to form small meatballs from it. After boiling or steaming, they can no longer be crushed with a blender, but kneaded in a plate with a fork or spoon.
Also, closer to the year, you can add yolk, a little fresh, very finely chopped greens to meat balls for cooking dinner for taste and aroma.
How to cook the first food from meat (video)
How to cook a meat soufflé for a child
When the baby grows up a little, his meat menu can be diluted with a very tasty and tender soufflé. Moreover, at first it is steamed, and as the child grows up, it can be baked in the oven, adding other ingredients for taste.
For cooking you will need
- 150 gr. lean meat;
- 1-2 slices of yesterday's white bread;
- 1 whole chicken yolk or quail egg;
- some baby milk;
- salt, onion and herbs to taste.
- Boil a piece of meat until tender, disassemble it from possible fat and films, tendons and cool.
- Cut the crusts off the bread and soak it in milk.
- Grind the boiled meat with the addition of bread in a meat grinder, turning the minced meat twice for juiciness and tenderness.
Tip! At this stage, you can add vegetables and herbs to the minced meat, and add some salt to the future soufflé.
- Add a little milk and a beaten egg (yolk) to the resulting mass and mix everything thoroughly.
- Pour the soufflé mass into a fireproof mold, preferably one that will not stick to anything.
- Soufflé can be prepared in a double boiler or multicooker, but putting the form in a sieve or colander and putting it in a saucepan with water is also not forbidden.
- Now you need to make a small fire, cover the pan with a lid and cook for half an hour.
- Cool the souffle to an acceptable temperature and you can start feeding the baby.
How to cook minced meat for children under one year old
Approximately 1-1.5 years old baby needs up to 80-100 grams of meat or fish per day to grow well and develop properly. As a rule, by this age the child already has chewing skills, so you can add minced meat dishes to his menu - meatballs, hedgehogs with cereals or small steam cutlets.
How to prepare meat for children under one year old. Not all parents know how to properly prepare minced meat at home for baby food, so today we will share tips and tricks for preparing it for future use as well.
- it is not recommended to use frozen meat for baby food, it is better to give preference to a steamed or chilled product;
- which part of the carcass should be preferred? Baby food uses tenderloin and carbonate, thigh or shoulder blade. The meat is thoroughly cleaned of fat, tendons and films, washed in running water and dried with kitchen paper towels. Now it can be cut into strips and passed a couple of times through the fine grate of a meat grinder. As soon as the baby grows up, one grinding will be enough, but the grate should still remain small;
- The crust must be cut off from the pieces of white bread, the crumb itself is soaked in boiled warm water or warmed milk. It is allowed to add bread crumb no more than 25%;
- cooking minced meat is a labor-intensive process, so it is worth preparing it in reserve, forming meatballs out of it or simply freezing it, spreading it in a thin layer in a bag. So it will take up less space in the freezer and defrost faster;
- When preparing meat for baby food, only vegetables, herbs and cereals can be added to it. You should not use any spices and seasonings, except that after reaching 1-1.5 years you can add a little salt to it.
We started introducing canned turkey from six months after the approval of the pediatrician. Daughter liked it, quickly switched to home cooking.
Since 8 months we have been eating rabbit and beef, I haven’t tried cooking and mashing meat yet, but I really liked the soufflé recipe. I will definitely try to cook and please the new dish of the baby.
My daughter has just started to give meat, while we are buying jars, we have already tried turkey and rabbit. The next step is beef and we want to cook our own chicken.
Introduction to the meat menu is a responsible task for parents, and besides, it will bring pleasure to both baby and mother. After all, he seeks to try everything new and does it with interest. But it may also happen that the baby may not like it. Do not worry and worry, but try in a few days to offer him a slightly different kind of meat for testing. And the obligatory rule for the introduction of complementary foods: let's try complementary foods for the baby before the main feeding with mother's milk (or formula).