Top Tips On Preparing Homemade Baby Food

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This month, we get upclose and personal with Norasyikin Abd Wahid – the Founder and Owner of Bebetummy – a proudly Malaysian-operated online food store that produces quality halal homemade frozen food for babies, toddlers and kids. Bebetummy meals are healthy, has no preservatives and are made with love and attention.

Through her years of experience and passion in making homemade baby meals, Asyikin shares some useful tips on starting solids and getting ready for weaning:

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Q: What are the basic kitchen essentials needed to make baby food?
Basic essentials to make baby food are clean knife, steamer/pot/pan, a food processor/hand blender/normal blender and good containers for storage. 

Q: In your opinion, what are the best cooking methods for baby food?
In our opinion, the best cooking method is by baking the fruits and vegetables as that is the best way to preserve nutrients from the foods. But steaming is one good and easy (quick) way too.  The rule goes as; the more water you use (like boiling), the more we lost the nutrients. 

Q. How do you recommend mums to store and thaw/reheat baby food?
First, you need good storage containers and using BPA free containers are the best. Find small size containers and store the food according to your child’s eating portion. Keep the food frozen in -18c and the food should last up till 6 months. For thawing, you can just let the frozen food at room temperature to make the food defrost. Then, just reheat the food using food/milk warmer, or on a stove, or using microwave. Make sure the temperature is suitable before feeding your child.

Q: Please share your top 3 tips on weaning and preparing food for baby/toddlers.
Tip #1: Wash fruits and vegetables with special detergent using to wash fruits and vegetables or use vinegar and water to wash them.
Tip #2: Make a meal planner for your baby and plan on the menu before you start buying ingredients and cook. Try to make variety of menus. 
Tip #3: Set a good environment and a routine for your baby meal time.

Bebetummy yummylicious homemade meals will be available at Happikiddo stores soon.

In collaboration with Bebetummy and Beaba Malaysia, we recently rolled out the HappiBebe Super Chef Contest. Stand a chance to win Bebetummy vouchers worth RM250 along with a mini portable fridge to store your baby food and breastmilk. All three winners will also have their signature recipes created as products for Bebetummy.

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More details of the contest here. Hurry, contest entry closes on 30th September 2015. Enter now!
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