Can I Use Frozen or Canned Fruits & Vegetables in Baby Food?

Learn if you can use frozen or canned fruits and vegetables in homemade baby food from Petit Organics founder Michelle Muller-Marinis in this Howcast video.

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Many people who are preparing their food for their babies at home want to know if it's okay to use frozen or canned fruits and vegetables when preparing food for their baby. And the answer is yes however there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.

People don't realize oftentimes that when fruits or vegetables are frozen like these strawberries, blueberries, and sweet peas that they're frozen at the height of their season so they really are as fresh as you can possibly get them. I'm a big fan of using frozen fruits and veggies during the winter months when you can't find big, beautiful, fresh strawberries like these. It is beneficial when possible to choose organic over conventional but at the end of the day there's no added preservatives or chemicals in frozen fruits or vegetables at all so they're a really, really great back up plan during busy weeks.

When it comes to canned goods one thing you need to keep in mind is that all traditional cans are lined with BPA which is a chemical that has been linked to cancer development and is something you probably want to try and stay away from if possible. Using a dried bean is a great, great option. You just need to soak them overnight prior to cooking them.

So they are a little more time consuming but definitely worth the effort. Another thing to keep in mind is that any canned fruit or vegetable is going to have added salts and sugars to aid in the shelf stability process which are things your children really don't need to have. So whenever possible try to avoid the canned goods but at the end of the day do the best that you can with what you have at your fingertips. Frozen is great and obviously going with the dried beans is even better than cans.

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