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Thinning Baby Food

Sometimes when you make a batch of homemade baby food purees and freeze them for later use, you will find that the texture is different when you thaw them. This is because freezing changes the cellular structure of many foods:some vegetables and fruits – such as zucchini (courgettes) or pears -will be quite runny, so it would not be a good idea to thin those at all prior to freezing, while some other foods are fine if they are thinned before freezing.

In general, thinning after thawing is the best idea, as you then know exactly how much extra liquid needs to be added to get the right texture for your baby.HowToPuree1

Foods that are suitable to thin prior to freezing include:

  • sweet potatoes
  • carrots
  • winter squash (butternut, acorn etc.)
  • peas
  • lentils
  • rice

Some ideas for thinning your pureed homemade baby food…

  • Use the cooking liquid. When you boil or steam foods some of the nutrients leach into the water, so using  the cooking liquid for pureeing and thinning means that nutrients are not completely wasted. However, DO NOT use cooking water from CARROTS, as there are concerns over NITRATE content (find out more by checking Internet information sites)
  • Use your breast milk.This will be a familiar taste for your baby, while boosting the nutrients in the food you are introducing. But DON’T USE previously frozen breast milk to thin purees that you are going to freeze, as it is not safe to refreeze previously frozen breast milk.HowToPuree
  • Use infant formula. Another good way to thin homemade baby food purees; if you then want to freeze the puree, infant formula producers state that the nutritional value of the formula is not compromised when it is frozen, and there are no safety issues. (It is not advisable to freeze the infant formula itself because the fat will separate,which may prove difficult for baby to digest – this will also occur if you freeze whole cow’s milk).
  • Make your own stock.Homemade stocks are tasty, convenient, and very nutritious. Make a batch, freeze it in portions (use ice cube trays) and take what you need – whenever you need it – to thin baby food purees. Try vegetable stock with a chicken and rice puree for extra taste and nutritional value.

As always, do consult with your baby’s doctor or paediatrician about introducing solid foods, and discuss any specific foods that could pose allergy risks.

This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.

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