So you have been making your own baby food for a few months now and your baby is old enough to start eating meats. Don’t think that you still can’t save money making your own meat baby foods! Just as with fruits and veggies, you can use leftover meats to puree into nutritious meat courses for your wee one. Of course you can always cook meats just for your baby, especially if the meat you are cooking for the rest of the family is seasoned.

The best meats to start your baby on are white meat chicken, turkey, and mild flavored fish such as grouper, snapper, haddock and tilapia to name just a few. If your child really likes fish, be sure to check the mercury content of any fish you are serving them as some fish should be avoided by children. Fish makes a great finger food as it breaks up easily enough for your child to grab a piece and is gummed easily so you don’t need to puree it…and pureeing it would be a really gross thing to do.

After your baby is used to mild meats and fish, you can start introducing darker meats such as dark meat chicken and turkey, beef, pork, ham, and liver. If the meat seems too bitter, add some fruit puree to sweeten the taste for your baby. Never add sugar to baby foods as they just don’t need the empty calories. And especially never add honey or corn syrup until your child is over 12 months old as these can carry botulism bacteria that your baby’s digestive system can’t handle.

A basic ‘recipe’ for meat for your baby is: russian chocolate

½ cup of cubed meat (keep the pieces similar in size to make pureeing easier)
2-4 T juice, formula, or breast milk

Puree to desired consistency

If you want to combine meat, starch, and veggies for a complete entree, here is another basic recipe:

½ cup cooked cubed meat
¼ cup cooked veggie pieces
¼ cup cooked potato, rice, or macaroni (keep in mind that where you might like al-dente starches, your child will have a tough time chewing/gumming them)
¼ cup formula or breast milk

Depending on your child’s age and their comfort with textures, you will want to mash this combination up to various degrees.

Please keep in mind that just as with fruits and vegetables, when preparing meat baby food, you should never refreeze meat that has already been cooked, then frozen, then thawed. Rule of thumb; if any food has been cooked, then frozen, it is OK to heat it again to eat, but don’t refreeze it.

Also remember to never store leftovers that have had a used spoon in it. This can lead to contamination from your baby’s saliva.

Many people are quick to make their own baby fruits and vegetable foods, but shy away from making their own baby meat foods for really no good reason other than they think it is too hard to do. Truth is, you don’t need any new equipment to make meat baby food, and you can control the texture and alter the taste by adding fruit to suit your child’s tastes, and you can save money making your own meat baby foods using meat that you already have on hand as opposed to buying commercial baby food that only your baby can eat. So what are you waiting for?