Instant Pot is the ideal multi-functional kitchen appliance for you and your baby and will quickly become your 2nd best friend, after your little one of course!
With Instant Pot you can prepare quick and healthy baby food, as you can cook multiple fruits and vegetables at the same time. And because you can ‘set it and forget it,’ you can spend more time with your baby knowing your homemade baby food is cooking away safely in the kitchen.
Not only can Instant Pot make baby food prep even easier, but it can also be used to sterilise baby equipment – such as bottles, breast pump shields, and anything else you would normally throw in a steam-steriliser bag. Instead, you can put it in your Instant Pot! All you need is 500ml of water into the inner pot and place your equipment inside on top of the metal trivet that came with your pot. Simply select ‘Steam’ function (or ‘Sterilise’ on newer models) and after a 15-minute cycle plus a natural pressure release, your baby equipment is good to go!
Top tips for DIY baby food in your Instant Pot
- Save time and cook a variety of fruits and vegetables at the same time – sweet potato, peas, carrots, broccoli, beetroot, red pepper, green beans, apple, pear, strawberries, peaches, mango, cherries – to name a few…
- Peel and chop fruit and vegetables according to direction, then add the prepped produce to separate ramekins.
- Place multiple ramekins in the Instant Pot at the same time, using one for each food to cook them all during the one programme. You can arrange them as a pyramid with 3 on top of the trivet then more on top.
- If making a bigger batch of a baby food, you can use a steamer basket.
- Just a 3minute programme needed to steam veggies ready for pureeing or finger foods!
- Once the timer is up, quick release the pressure, turn off the Instant Pot and remove lid and leave the ramekins to cool a little whilst still in the Instant Pot.
- ‘Set it and forget it’ – don’t worry if your preoccupied with your little one when the timer goes… The Instant Pot will naturally release pressure, and then automatically go into ‘Keep warm’ mode.
- Puree for Baby Puree: transfer the cooked produce to a blender, food processor or larger bowl and puree. Since the produce is very tender, you can also just mash it with the back of a fork.
- Strain for Baby-Led Weaning: if you are serving the produce whole for baby-led weaning, strain out any liquid that is at the bottom of the ramekin.
- Make in advance and store in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freezer for up to 4 months.
Save money with homemade baby food and know exactly what you are feeding your little one. Look at our selection of Instant Pot Baby Recipes.