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posted: 06/13/12

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How to make meat homemade baby food! Learn how to puree meat and add it to your child’s baby food. If you aren’t sure how to make baby food using meat, then you have come to the right place. Learn how to puree chicken and then freeze it to use in your baby food.
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I think when people start considering making their own baby food, one of the first road blocks is meat. I mean, mashing up some cooked carrot seems like a no brainer, but when it comes to pureeing meat, well . . . ew. This is the other title photo I considered:

But it really isn’t hard once you get over the barf factor.

HOW DO YOU PUREE CHICKEN FOR BABY FOOD?

This is the brand of chicken I love for making homemade baby food with meat in it.

The reason this brand works so well is because it comes in individualized sealed packets.

So you can cook one breast for your little carnivore and save the other two in the freezer for a family dinner next week. It’s also labeled as “natural,” which warms the cockles of my heart. Dear Internet Jerk Who Wants to Burst My Bubble, Please don’t.

The way I cook the chicken is by boiling it.

It takes about a half hour. (Check the meat with a thermometer to make sure it is fully cooked.)  Reserve the cooking liquid so that you can puree it with that . . . especially since the water is chop full of nutritional chicken goop.

When the chicken cools, chop it up into one inch pieces and introduce it to the inside of your food processor.

Make the meat meet it’s doom!

It will then look like this:

Yummy, huh?

Now you need some liquid. I would say that it’s about three ounces per chicken breast, but that all depends on the size of the chicken breast and how liquidy you want it. I would say that you should err on the side of too liquidy, because once you freeze it and then thaw it again, it will seem more gritty than it did originally.

HOW DO YOU FREEZE MEAT PUREE FOR BABY FOOD?

Now pop it in some freezer trays and you’re good to go!

When I thaw it I usually do two cubes of meat and two cubes of something else, like apple, pear, squash, beans, etc.

And if your little one likes turkey, grab yourself some of this:

Throw it in a foil lined pan and bake it for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Though make sure that it is fully cooked using a meat thermometer.

Again, save the liquid and use it to help puree. (Or use some water, breast milk, or formula.)

See? Isn’t that easy? Aren’t you wondering at this point why I even bothered doing this blog post?

For other posts in this riveting series:

As a side note, so often my friends and family ask me how on earth I have time to do a blog with two small children at home. It’s a totally valid question. And the answer? I have extremely patient children. This is what they were doing while I was photographing pureed chicken:

Though I have absolutely no answer as to why that chair is tipped over . . .

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Jessi W says

    Haha, I love your alternate title and photo, hilarious! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

    • Lisa says

      Thanks for hosting!

  2. Michelles Tasty Creations says

    Great photo and title lol. This is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday.

  3. Lisa Kate says

    I don’t know if you will see this, but where did you buy that meat?? Individual packets? Awesome!

    Also, thank you very much for these posts. Lifesavers! (Not the candy!)

  4. Nena Hayden says

    It may save you money on your chicken breasts if you buy the family size packages and just re-package them individually yourself. (Plastic erap and foil.)

  5. Kady P says

    I have really enjoyed making my baby’s food thus far. He really loves it and feel good that I know exactly what he is getting. My husband asked about meat. I hit up pinterest to see if anyone did a “baby meat,” blog, and low and behold, here we are! Thanks for making this! Very helpful!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you found this helpful, Kady!

      • kady Pearce says

        I meant to ask if you think this will be good frozen for 3 months like the other baby foods I make?

        • Lisa Longley says

          Kady, I would assume it would be fine (especially if stored in an airtight container), but I am by no means an expert!

  6. Veronica says

    Can you tell me the temp for chicken, meat, turkey that indicates it’s cooked. Thank you so much

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t know them off hand, Veronica. I’m sure if you google it, you’ll be able to find it quickly.

  7. Karen Vigdor says

    Oh my gosh. I’m so thankful for people like you who give detailed info on things I should know, but don’t!! You’re a life saver!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Lol! I’m glad you found it helpful Karen!

  8. jcw Chau says

    WhaT liquid did you use ? :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Breast milk, but you could always cook the chicken in water and then use that water.

  9. Kristen says

    Love your website. It is just fab! This works out great for our cats too. They love pureed chicken and beef.

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