How to Cook Baby Food | Basic Cooking Utensils explained | Baby food made easy
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Hey everybody and welcome to Get Set Ma! Today we are going to be talking about all
the essential utensils you need to prepare and to cook baby’s food when your little one
hits the 6 month mark and begins the semi solids journey. But please do show us some love and do click
on that red subscribe link before we go any further and do turn on notifications as well. The day your child takes that first semi solid
bite is a big day for your baby and for you as parents. As parents we make recordings of this first
taste of food, this first bite that they take , we plan what is the first thing that they will eat and a lot of us face confusion
as to what all do we need to prepare baby’s food for them? what are all the utensils or appliances required
for this process? We have so soo many questions! Do we need to buy new stuff? Do we need to buy new appliances or new things? Not always! We don’t think so! Can we use things that we already have at home? We would say Yes! A big big yes to that! In fact a lot of times all the implements
needed to make your baby’s food are already sitting right there in your kitchen. So lets start off from the very beginning
and through this episode lets breakdown what are all the utensils we need and what do we
need them for? Basically i will take you through what i used
for ilham’s food from the beginning and also tell you what Rohini did for Anupama. And how we used these things and what we used them for. So here i have laid out everything that came
in handy for her food starting at that 6 month mark. A pressure cooker, a steamer plate or a steel colander or a steel perforated basket which can be inserted in the cooker. I will show you an image of that as well later. A steel kadhai, a frying pan, a mixer-grinder or even a hand blender, a strainer, a knife , a peeler, a masher and of course a baby spoon, bowls, forks and plates. So number one lets start with the pressure
cooker. This is a 2L steel pressure cooker, we actually
did not have such a small sized pressure cooker at home so we went and bought one and this continues to be used for ilham’s food and now we use it for other food in the kitchen as well so it’s obviously very handy. It always was and continues to be so. You dont have to go for a 2 L cooker only. Even the existing cooker at your home should
work. It is just that baby food quantity is less
and a 2 L cooker works well for that small quantity. Once your baby is eating the food that is
cooked for everyone else, this cooker, if you bought specially for your child, will
still be useful in your kitchen on a regular basis, as I mentioned before. In the initial few months though we kept it
only for Ilham and nothing else was made in it, this was just us being extra careful and
at that time we didn’t really need it for anything else in the kitchen so it worked
for us. The pressure cooker is great for boiling or
steaming vegetables and fruits for which this steamer plate or even a steel colander or a steel perforated basket which can be inserted in the cooker, inside it is very handy and then you can further mash the veggies or fruits or give as finger food to the kids. The cooker can be used to make soups, khichdi,
daliya porridge etc. So depending on the age of your child or what
stage they are at in terms of eating or you also may be following baby led weaning you
can decide in what way to serve the food to your baby. The pressure cooker is pretty dynamic and
takes care of a lot. Next up is a good quality steel kadhai that
can be used for making food like porridge, kheer, halwa etc.
A good quality frying pan will also come in handy to cook things like eggs, pancakes etc
for your child. Next we come to a masher. So with ilham the very first few meals like
dal water or rice water or some soups were very liquidy but mostly i used to roughly
mash up her food and not even really puree it because she preferred texture in her food
and she was happier with soft but lumpy food instead of a smooth paste. So the masher was used to mash up a whole
lot of fruits like bananas, papaya (which she used to love but now refuses to touch),
mango (which she continues to like!) and even veggies like pumpkin, potato, carrots etc which had been steamed in the
cooker and then we proceeded to mash them. And what do we have next but the Mixer-grinder
or you can even use a hand blender. We used the ones we already had at home and
this was primarily again used for the initial few months mainly and we would thoroughly
clean these items before we used them to make anything for ilham. So when does a mixer come in handy? A mixer grinder comes in handy in the food
making process like this, you steam or boil veggies in the cooker and then proceed to
cool them slightly and then you blend them in the mixer or you use a hand blender. And then if you like you can serve the food like this
OR strain it for which we move onto our next utensil- The strainer which can be used to strain this thick purees or probably a thick soup and
you can offer your baby the liquid that comes out. So the strainer also comes in handy for those
first few months and whenever you want to offer a soup etc to your baby even as they grow older if you want to offer a liquidy soup, it comes in handy. But in our experience we would suggest use the strainer occasionally. In the first year of her life, the solids
you give your baby are more for texture and flavours. Excessive straining makes the consistency
of the food pretty liquidy and doesn’t offer much in terms of texture and your child could
just get used to this liquid version of food and you don’t want that. Also, when you strain fruits/veggies you lose
out on important nutrients in the pulp that gets left in the strainer, so you can do it now and then but not too often. We would recommend opt for a broad mesh strainer
instead of the very fine one. This is not too broad but again I used it very occasionally with Ilham so I didn’t really need a strainer that much. But if you opt for a broad mesh strainer it retains some texture and some pulp and provides a nutrient dense soup/puree because what comes out is thicker. Number 7, Rohini invested in a good steel knife and
a peeler for Anupama and she kept that separately and only for her food as the regular ones
sometimes carried a strong smell especially if used with garlic/ginger/onion etc. I continued to use what was already there
in my kitchen but would make sure that there were no lingering odours on it. Lastly we come to the cutlery, bowls, spoons required to
feed baby. You can also watch our episode highlighted
in the corner of the screen right now that is a thorough explanation of all the cutlery,
bowls or the plates or the spoons that you need for your child to feed them, when they self feed and also the practical
things you need to carry your child’s food when you travel. But anyway, let’s talk a bit about the starter
cutlery that comes in handy with a baby, so I used this deep silver spoon which is traditionally
used in India to feed a child. Depending on your weather, you may or may
not be advised by your Paeditrician to use silverware. because silver tends to get blackish and requires
additional cleaning effort. It worked great for us and all we had to do
was clean it very well and dry it very well and make sure it didn’t get those blackish stains. I would also use these ceramic or glass bowls
to feed ilham and when she would try to feed herself she would do so from these steel bowls
or steel plates or even safe bamboo bowls such as these. While traveling we would carry BPA free plastic
boxes, or steel boxes and safe, reusable plastic cutlery or sometimes even the spoon and fork
she used at home. So as you can see we tried our very best to
stay away from harmful plastic as much as possible. And we would suggest that you opt for food
grade steel or food safe material and avoid plastic as much as possible too. So you might have noticed that all the stuff that i mentioned in this episode, all the appliances and all the utensils etc that I mentioned are things that you
can continue to use in your kitchen, they are versatile, you can use them for many other things other than baby food also. You don’t really need to go and buy a specific
baby food maker or a state of the art blender/steamer/food processor just for baby food; many moms we
know bought these and realised that their use was limited or the time period they were
used for didn’t really justify their cost or buying them or adding another appliance
in your kitchen that you didn’t really need. Remember your baby will transition from semi-solids
and purees to regular food in just a few months, ideally by 1 year of age. So even if you buy these things they
would not really be useful beyond a few months, or unless you then probably plan to use them
regularly in your kitchen for other things then you can decide to do so and take a call on that. I hope this list has helped. When Ilham began the semi solid food journey
I was really lost as to where to begin and I gathered some knowledge through the internet,
did some trial and error and my mum harked back to what she remembered and we pieced
it together and managed. But a list such as this at that time would
have been really helpful and would have really helped in helping me understand what all was needed. And with that we are done with this episode
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