I'm making baby food purees with vegetables and grains and apples. What are the guidelines to make sure the baby food is safely prepared?
There are some Extension publications about making safe baby food from the Iowa State University at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM793.pdf and from the University of Maine at http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/pdfpubs/4309.pdf.
Both of these Extension publications discuss the
basics of making baby food, including properly cleaning
and preparing the foods, suggested cooking times, and
other tips, recipes, and information on safely making
and storing pureed baby food.
The publication from Iowa State University suggests
using an ice cube tray to freeze the baby food into
smaller portions, but you could also use a muffin tin.
Either way, it is important to transfer the frozen baby
food to a sealable container, such as a plastic bag, and
label and date the contents.
Answered by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Thursday, February 05, 2009