Can I can my own babyfood?

Baby eating applesauce.
Photo credit: Michael Bentley
Q:
I wanted to know if I should can my baby food or not? If I pressure can everything will the food be okay to feed my little one? - Deschutes County
A:

OSU Extension does not have safe processing times for baby food. Heat penetration of pureed foods is inconsistent and may produce an unsafe product. However, there is an exception with apple sauce. Sugar is not required, either. A naturally sweet apple like Golden Delicious will make a nice product. Use the directions in the OSU publication, Canning Fruit. The Ball Blue Book also has a recipe. The applesauce is water-bath canned. Be sure to adjust for altitude.

Freezing works well for baby food purees. Once you have cooked the food and pureed it with a little water, freeze it in ice cube trays. Once it is frozen you can pop out the cubes and put them in freezer containers or bags. Pull out what you need to warm it in the microwave or stove top or pack it in the family lunch cold-bag. You can also thaw it the day before you need it in the refrigerator.

 

Glenda Hyde
Faculty/Instructor
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