Homemade instant pot baby food

Making baby food is a lot easier than you might think. Homemade Instant Pot baby food can be great for babies taking their first bites of solid food (food that is not milk). We will show you how easy it is to make homemade baby food in the pressure cooker!

The Instant Pot allows you to cook different flavors and varieties of baby food simultaneously, saving time and ensuring that you serve your baby nutritious baby food each and every time. It also allows you to save money. Instant Pot Baby Food 1

Cooking all the baby food in one pot takes a lot less time than cooking it individually, so your sanity is saved too!

Making your baby food instead of buying it in packages will also save you a lot more money. The method below yielded 40 servings for less than $20!

If you have the basic skills to plug in your pressure cooker, know how to use it (you don’t even need to know that as I will explain what to do step by step), and do some rough cutting and dicing, then blended up baby food will be one of your favorite new dishes with a few simple steps.

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Nutritious Homemade Instant Pot Baby Food

Here we are, ready to make your first baby foods.

Steaming the food helps make digestion easier for infants, and it is recommended that you cook or steam most fruits and vegetables until your infant turns eight months old. (apart from bananas and avocados).

The first thing you need to do is, yes, you guessed it, plug in your Instant pot!

Prepare the vegetables by washing and peeling them, then chopping them roughly.

After cutting and dicing your fresh vegetables, place them in a few ramekins or small pyrex containers. If you don’t have any of those available, create an oven-safe container using tin foil.

One suggestion for making a lot of homemade baby food at once is to buy a steamer basket that will fit in the Instant Pot.

I already had this one sitting around, and it was perfect! They also make specific pressure cooker baskets with long handles.

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The following vegetables and fruit work well when cooked for 5 minutes:

  • Beets, apples, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, pear, peas.

The food is loaded into ramekins, and the steamer basket goes directly on top.

Fruits and vegetables are cooked on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the time is up, pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, and then quick release to release any remaining pressure. (See full recipe and instructions below).

Blending and Pureeing Baby Food

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After the pressure cooker has finished, you’ll want to puree the fruit and vegetables in one of 4 ways.

You can use a regular blender, food processor, or handheld immersion blender to create baby food with specific texture preferences.

Many fruits and vegetables will be soft enough that placing them in a bowl and mashing them with a fork works well also.

If your baby is already used to single blends and you are ready to move on, add a banana or avocado to the steamed food for a bit more variety.

Many baby food makers on the market claim to be specifically for babies, but they’re unnecessary. The Vitamix, Magic Bullet, and Ninja kitchen systems can do a great job at making purees for you. If you already have a blender at home, you can use that to do the job.

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Storage of Baby Food

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You can safely store Store baby food in the fridge for 3-4 days or freezer for up to 3 months. If you are placing the homemade baby food in the refrigerator, be sure to store it in an airtight container.

If you are freezing the baby food, there are two steps to the process:

  1. Place the puree into ice cube trays and let freeze overnight. An easy way to do this is to use a spoon to scoop the puree into the ice cube compartments to avoid mess. 
  2. The following day, remove the baby food cubes from the ice-cube tray and put them into a freezer-safe ziplock bag. Be sure to label the bag with both the date and what precisely the mix is, e.g., sweet potato and banana.
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Baby Food Blends

Once your baby establishes likes and dislikes, stick with it! Remember that babies need to try something ten times before they make up their minds.

So if green beans are a no-go today, try again tomorrow.

If you need inspiration for baby food blends, check out some ideas online (Pinterest is great for delicious recipes), or you could check out the baby foods in the baby food aisle at the supermarket and see what combos they have on offer.

Some great blends to get you started are:

  • Zucchini (courgette) + Apples + Peas
  • Green Beans + Pear
  • Carrots + Apples
  • Sweet Potatoes + Mango + Carrots
  • Zucchini (courgette) + Peas + Pears
  • Sweet Potato + Banana
  • Pears + Peas + Broccoli
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Homemade Baby Food In The Instant Pot

Prep Time – 15 minutes – Cooking Time – 10 minutes – Total Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 Zucchini, remove the skin and roughly chop
  • 3 Apples, cored, skins removed, and roughly chopped
  • 1 Beet, washed, peeled, and roughly chopped
  • 1 head of Broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 2 Pears, skinned and roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot.
  2. Pour 1.5 cups of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot inner pot.
  3. Use up to four ramekins and place your fruits and vegetables on top of the trivet.
  4. Add a steamer basket on top of the ramekins for more vegetables (these work great for blends).
  5. Lock lid by placing valve closed.
  6. Set Manual High pressure and select 5 minutes.
  7. Once 5 minutes is up, perform a natural release for 5 minutes and then perform a quick release by opening the valve to let the remaining steam out.
  8. Remove (carefully) the fruits and vegetables from the Instant Pot and add to your blender one at a time and puree to desired consistency. If you are making a blend, you can add these into the blender at the same time.
  9. If the consistency is too thick, you can always add breastmilk or water to loosen it up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some experts recommend that you start making baby food as soon as they can eat solids, usually around six months. Ensure the food is soft enough for the baby to chew easily. Providing a variety of healthy foods to your child's diet, alongside breast or formula feedings, will set up your baby for a lifetime of healthier eating.

All you need is a trivet, steamer basket, and ramekins or small bowls.

Yes, you can use an immersion blender. Be sure to remove the skin of the fruit beforehand so that it blends easier. You could even use a fork to mash the fruit or veg.

Homemade Instant Pot baby food can be stored in the fridge for up to three days or frozen for up to three months.

It may take a few tries before they come around to your homemade Instant Pot recipe. Please don't give up, and remember that babies need to try something ten times before deciding what their favorite is. Stick with it!

Homemade baby food blends can be made by pressure-cooking the food and then adding all the fruits and vegetables you wish to blend to a blender at once.

Homemade baby food should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days or frozen in ice cube trays overnight then placed in a ziplock freezer bag and frozen for up to three months.

It's easy and inexpensive on your wallet, plus you know what ingredients are going into their food. Homemade baby food is also a great way to introduce new flavors and textures into your child's diet. Plus, food cooked in a pressure cooker is more nutritious than any other form of cooking.

My Kitchen Essentials

I get a lot of messages asking what kitchen utensils I use so here is a list and link to some of the things I have in my kitchen.

6 Great Pressure Cookers

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Instant Pot Duo

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Yedi 9-in-1 Cooker

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Ninja Foodi 8-Quart

5/5
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All American 921

5/5
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Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus

5/5
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Breville Fast Slow Pro

5/5