Vitamix baby food cookbook
Transforming Meals into Baby Food Purées
You can't put a price on the satisfaction derived from feeding and nurturing your little one with fresh, unprocessed food. Of course, making your own baby food is less expensive than buying commercial baby food, but doubly so when you set aside a portion of a family meal for the purées. Vitamix machines process hard-to-blend-textures, such as celery, chicken and asparagus, with ease. Here are some ideas for transforming meals into fresh baby food purées.
Commercial baby food's convenience comes at a cost: it contains additives and undergoes extensive heating, which decreases nutrients, in order to increase shelf life.
Baby food made from meals you make at home has more nutritional value than commercial products and no additives – you control the ingredients and can increase its shelf life indefinitely by freezing it.
- Steam fruits and vegetables before blending them to make them more digestible.
- Purée and freeze in-season vegetables so you don't have to rely on out-of-season options from the supermarket for a certain flavor your baby likes. For example, if your baby devours puréed squash and yams, purée and freeze them in fall and serve them in spring.
- A few drops of lemon juice in each batch of fruit or vegetable purée prevents browning.
- Adjust the consistency of the purées as needed with purified water.
- To smooth out fibrous or grainy purées, pass them through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or filtration bag.
Food and Flavor Combinations
Babies have simple, undeveloped palates and don't respond well to salty, spicy additions – nor can they appreciate them. But keeping it simple doesn't mean you should settle for boring. Mix and match unseasoned whole foods to entice and develop your little one's burgeoning palate.
Make a homemade vegetable-chicken blend by processing diced chicken, and steamed carrots and kale. Combine carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, celery, beef and parsnips for a nutrient-packed baby beef stew.
To add a little fiber and whole grains to your baby's diet, go with brown rice. A blend of steamed tomatoes and brown rice makes a savory combination that fills your baby's belly without overworking it.
Everyone loves a good smoothie, so why not your little one? Recreate a classic red smoothie by blending 1 part each of apples and bananas with 2 parts each of yogurt, strawberries and raspberries. For a banana-mango version, combine 2 parts each of yogurt, banana and mango with 1 part each of apples and apricots.
Storing Homemade Baby Food
For easy storage, portion puréed leftovers into ice cube trays and freeze. Then pack the individual portions into heavy-duty freezer bags. For refrigerator storage, portion the purées into baby-food containers and keep them up to three days.
A Quick Guide to the Perfect Blend
Follow these quick tips for the perfect blend.
Quick and Easy Blender Recipes for Every Meal of the Day
These quick and easy blender recipes will help you prepare healthy meals from breakfast through dinner and in-between snacks.
Baby Food Recipes
Discover just how easy it is to make fresh, homemade baby food.
Some advice from a new mom
Last Updated June 19, 2020
Update May 7th, 2019: New video tutorials and demonstrations!
First one, a 90-second tutorial on making Vitamix baby food!
Second one, a long-form tutorial about mistakes we made while making Vitamix baby food:
Update April 10, 2018: We now have a baby of our own that’s the perfect age to feed baby food purees. Fun!
Here’s a clip of us on the local news talking about making baby food purees.
Video: Baby Food Blending on Local News
Original article from 2016
When the fiancée first pitched an article about baby food purees in a Vitamix, I just about puked. (I also considered inconsolably crying, flailing my limbs, and drooling).
But we were headed to Minnesota for a family weekend and my sister, Alana, was going to be there with her 7-month old son, Norman. Fine.
So I sat down with Alana and asked her some questions.
To my surprise, making baby food purees in a Vitamix (or any blender, for that matter) is actually a pretty awesome thing to do.
Here are a few highlights from the conversation. Afterwards, you’ll find three Vitamix recipes for baby food purees (good for adults, too, that need or prefer to eat their food with a spoon.)
Enter Alana: New mom and maker of her own baby food purees
Alana Matthew, 30, worked in sales at DirecTV for seven years. Now, she is a professional mom. Her parenting style is somewhere between thoroughly by-the-book and progressively perfectionist. Her son is Norman and was playing with (trying to “eat”) some plastic toy during our interview. Despite being my nephew, he is objectively a ridiculously cute baby.
LINY: You are my sister. We got you a Vitamix for your wedding. Besides supporting Life is NOYOKE and being a kind sister, why do you use a Vitamix to make baby food purees for your baby?
Alana: I didn’t know anything about baby food. So when I first picked up a package of baby food, I was surprised it had other things in it besides peas. There’s like lemon, something acid, or, you know, you can read the package… The things are not bad for you. But it’s not peas.
LINY: Preservatives and…
Alana: Yeah. It sits on the shelf. So what is in it? So, if I can give him just peas, then I would prefer to do so.
LINY: Good. It’s like I coached you to say that!
Alana: Yup. I also like it because you can introduce one food at a time. Then, you give it to him for three days to see if he’s allergic. And a lot of the foods that I had to store-buy yesterday (because we’re traveling) are a mix. So, like, mango and peach. But I would prefer to give him just peach. Here is a peach. Here’s what it tastes like and see if he’s allergic.
LINY: Less is more with smoothies, too.
Alana: And also there’s the convenience. The other night, we had so many leftover brussels sprouts. We weren’t going to eat them before they went bad. So I Vitamixed them and froze them for Norman. Instead of wasting them, I fed them to the disposal. *points to the baby*
LINY: So it sounds like it helps avoid waste. Is it actually convenient to use a Vitamix to make baby food?
Alana: Yes, but the cleanup is not. That’s not the Vitamix’s fault, though. That’s just serving homemade baby food in general.
LINY: How does baby food (in your Vitamix) compare to store bought from a price perspective?
Alana: Crazy. A jar, which is a serving, is a little over a dollar. And what is a bag of peas or a bunch of asparagus or brussels or beans?
LINY: Do you get frozen peas? Can you get fresh peas? Is that a thing?
Alana: I get frozen. But, everything else is fresh. And a bag of fresh beans costs like three dollars. And that made three ice cube trays worth. Which is like 14 servings.
LINY: So one pack of peas is worth like 15 bucks of what you’d buy in pre-made baby food.
Alana: It’s probably a dollar per serving versus 20 cents.
LINY: But do you think about that? Price?
Alana: Of course! Coming here this weekend, this was my first time having to buy baby food. And I was like, this is a dollar, per!?
LINY: Certainly you don’t always use your Vitamix to make all his baby food, right?
Alana: Right. There’s easy stuff. He loves banana. Avocado.
LINY: What do you blend up?
Alana: I’ve blended carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, beans, peas, brussels sprouts, asparagus, pears, and apples.
LINY: Not all together, right? Individually.
Alana: Yes. Individually.
LINY: When you do that, do figure out what the ratio should be? Do you add water?
Alana: I steam them. I steam everything before I blend except for the pears and the apples. We have a steamer. It catches the “sweat.” That has all the nutrients, so I put that back in the blend. The steam softens them, too. No water needed.
LINY: So you make the purees and put it into ice cube trays?
Alana: Yup. Then I freeze it overnight. In the morning, I pop them out and put them into big zip lock bags. My freezer bags have labels saying the date and what it is. The night before, I take out three meals and put them in the fridge. That way they’re defrosted for the next day.
LINY: So at Life is NOYOKE, we are 100% dairy free. But we are 100% supportive of breast milk for babies (and dare-prone brothers-in-law who are married to your twin sister). Have you ever made your baby a smoothie with breast milk?
Alana: No. But some people do popsicles. Boobsicles. Great for when they’re teething.
LINY: Our brother-in-law James would eat that.
Alana: But a smoothie? No. But the directions to make baby food say you can add water, formula, or breast milk.
LINY: Okay, back to topic. How much baby food do you make at once?
Alana: It depends on whatever I buy. For example, asparagus, I just buy a bunch.
LINY: Do you have to use your Vitamix’s tamper, or no?
Alana: Yes, sometimes. I did yesterday with the brussels. Because it can get stuck on the sides.
LINY: What advice would you give to mothers about making their own baby food?
Alana: (Speaking to Normie) You think that’s funny? … I think that in the beginning, and I’m still kind of dealing with this, is that I have this overwhelming feeling that I want him to try every single vegetable. And I have to give it to him for three days. But if you’re making homemade baby food purees, the amount of vegetables in the world is endless. But if you’re buying pre-made, there’s three: Peas, carrots, sweet potatoes. So, I try to remind myself that I don’t have to introduce him to every single one. He’ll try them in time.
LINY: Let him make his own mistakes, eh?
Alana: And, he likes pears. So I always have frozen pears in a bag.
LINY: Any other advice?
Alana: It’s a lot of dishes. Because my doctor recommends, basically, two things every meal. So a cereal and a vegetable. Or a cereal and a fruit. Or a fruit and a veggie. And so it’s two dishes right there.
LINY: What do doctors know about nutrition?
LINY: Thank you. I’m going to link to that article I wrote about Doctors knowing nothing about nutrition. Okay, go on.
Alana: Sometimes I use a baby-sized, cheap mixer we were given. Like for a single peach. “You like peaches, don’t you cause they’re yummy!”
LINY: I get that. If you had an S-Series (in-depth review), you’d really be a one-stop-shop-baby-food-puree-maker-lady.
Alana: So why didn’t you get us that one?
LINY: Because the Pro 750 (in-depth review) is better.
Alana: I think it’s time for a nap.
Other Noteworthy Versions
- My Life on a Plate: Baby Food | Butternut Squash Puree
- Do It On a Dime FAMILY: How to make baby food: BULK COOKING
- MOMables: How to make baby food at home
- Yield: 15 servings, approximately
- You're needed for: 10 minutes
- Until it's done: 10 minutes
- Lenny Gale
Baby food purees in a blender
- peas - one bag frozen
- asparagus - one bunch, fresh
- sweet potatoes - 3, peeled
- pears - 3, cored
- carrots - 3 large carrots
- apples - 3, cored
- beans - 3 cups
- corn - 3 cups
- squash - 3 cups
- Pick one ingredient.
- Peal and seed it.
- Steam it.
- Blend it.
- Pour into an ice cube tray.
- Store in freezer for up to three months.
- Defrost overnight in refrigerator before serving.
NOTE: This “recipe” is adapted from this baby food puree instructional on the US Vitamix site.
Useful tips for Let’s Talk Baby Food Purees
Here’s a summary of tips for making baby food purees from the convo above:
- Embrace the cost savings. They’re significant.
- Steam, first. Use the “sweat” in the blend to maximize nutrients.
- Use ice trays to freeze the baby food overnight.
- Pop cubes into a plastic bag and label.
- Pluck food from freezer for next day the night before.
- Don’t worry about exposing baby to every food on the planet.
- Enjoy the precious moments. It flies by.
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