homemade baby food {carrots}

How to make carrot baby food

One of the first foods we gave our son, carrots have become a favorite in our house. They couldn’t be easier to prepare either!

Simply peel and slice the amount of carrots you’d like to use. Place in a steaming basket over boiling water and steam for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Adding a little bit of water (do not use your cooking water), purée the carrots in a machine such as a Blentec, food processor or Baby Bullet.

Allow the purée to cool enough to feed your baby, place in the fridge to be used within two days or place in ice cube trays to freeze for 4 hours. If freezing, remove the frozen purée from the trays and place in a freezer bag and mark to be used within 3 months.

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It’s as easy as that! Once baby gets older, you can start adding the carrot purée with other vegetables and even add it to over cooked brown rice for a chunky meal!

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40 Responses to homemade baby food {carrots}

  1. Jess says:

    I’ve seen several places online saying not to use the water you’ve cooked carrots in when using it to thin purée. From what I’ve read, that water has more nitrates in it and therefore increase the risk for nitrate poisoning

    • caroline says:

      Thank you so much for catching that Jess. I had no idea until I looked it up myself. Thank you again! I made sure to correct that in the post.

    • Janie says:

      Only if serving immediiately or when making a small batch. I would not freeze or microwave with breastmilk. BM doesn’t have as long of a shelf life in the freezer and you’re not supposed to microwave it.

      • Bianca says:

        Breast milk can be frozen up to 6 months in a regular freezer & up to a year in a deep freezer.

        • LeAnne says:

          Breast milk may be able to be frozen between 6 months and a year, but it still stands that it’s not supposed to be microwaved. It looses nutrients that way. So do a lot of things actually.

          • Acacia says:

            If using breastmilk all you have to do is set the ziploc in boiling/hot water just as you do frozen breastmilk that way you eliminate the microwave issue

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  4. Jamie says:

    When unfreezing the carrot purée is it ok to microwave?

    • caroline says:

      Yes. That’s what I did. Just be sure to stir often and of course, check the temperature before giving it to baby. You can also thaw in the fridge and heat when ready.

      • Celeste says:

        How long would the food last once thawed? Lime can I carry it around throughout the day like gerder food?

        • caroline says:

          I would use it right away once it’s thawed and any leftovers put it in the fridge and consume it within 24 hours.

  5. Zoe says:

    Would nitrates be present in the water if using organic carrots?

  6. Hannah says:

    Can I steam them in the microwave?

  7. Marcella says:

    What about using breast milk as a thinner instead of water?

    • caroline says:

      That would be just fine.

    • Janie says:

      You can if served immediately. I would not freeze or microwave. Breastmilk doesn’t have as long of a shelf life in the freezer and microwaving it destroys the nutrients.

      • Brandi says:

        Breastmilk *should not* be microwaved only because it can kill the nutrients, it will not become bad, just not as useful, also, the shelf life of breastmilk frozen, is longer than the shelf life of the babyfood. Maybe warm as if you would warm frozen breast milk?

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  9. Doha says:

    Hi Caroline
    My little one is 6 month can I add some butternut to the carrot ?

    • caroline says:

      It’s recommended that you try one food at a time, so if your little one has tried one or the other, I wouldn’t see why mixing the two wouldn’t work just fine. It’s mainly just to ensure that you isolate the foods as you introduce them to make sure they don’t have an allergy to them. Have fun!

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  11. Kiana Withrow says:

    You can’t serve room temperature? it has to be warm?

  12. Dani says:

    Thanks for sharing very informative! Love your little dishes BTW 🙂

  13. Mariah K says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m excited to start making my own baby food; it just seems better to give my daughter the same food I’m eating. How many carrots did you use and how much did they make? I’m getting 2 and 4 oz jars and I have no idea how many carrots to make per jar.

    -Mariah @ Faith & Fashion

    • caroline says:

      Hi Mariah! I usually just make as many carrots as I have and freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays. If you have a kitchen scale you can weigh out what one cube of baby food weighs. Mine is about 1 ounce per cube, which is approximately 2 tablespoons. Depending on how old your little one is, they will want 2-4 tablespoons of food at every ‘meal’. So in your jar situation, your 2oz jars are holding about 4 tablespoons of baby food and 4oz jars, 8 tablespoons. On the subject of the kitchen scale, you can always weigh out how many carrot slices you are about to steam and that will be an indication of how many total ounces of baby food you’ll have to fill your jars with! Happy baby food making!

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  18. Deidra says:

    Can I boil the carrots?? Why steam?

    • caroline says:

      Hi Deidra, By steaming the carrots, you loose less nutrients than you would if you boiled them. You want maximum nutrition for your baby! Yay! 🙂 Happy Cooking!

  19. CAKaufman says:

    I was always told that you wanted to use the steamed water to mix as a lot of the nutrients are in that water?

  20. lb says:

    can’t you use peeled baby carrots?

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