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Preparing meats for infant

We got the ok from the nutritionist to start introducing meats to LO. For me, the idea of the pre-packages meats in a jar sounds kind of yucky. Does anyone have any tips for preparing meats for infants. I was guessing that I would boil some boneless chicken breast and then stick it in my food processor? I probably need some kind of liquid though to help bind it.

Any ideas greatly appreciated!

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  • We did BLW, so we started meats at 6m, actually one of his first foods was a very tender piece of roast. Shredded chicken, pork from the crock pot, and meatballs were all big hits. Initially he'd just kind of chew/suck on the meat but he got good at taking bites early on. Now he likes to use his fork so I cut everything into bite sized pieces.

    IMO pureed meat is icky, whether made at home or bought in a jar.



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  • g8trkimg8trkim
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    I totally understand! We gave DS the jar meats but I actually always thought they were gross. We will not be doing that with DD. When DS was around 7 months we just started giving him little shreds of our meat. If it was strong in flavor we would try to wipe/rinse it off a little. He didn't even get teeth until 8 1/2 months but he could still gnaw on little pieces of meat. I chopped  some in the food processor too but rarely. It turned out fine that way too.
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  • We've done all sorts of meats.  Chicken the easiest way is poach it (I prefer thigh meat as it is more tender).  Once poached, you can easily shred it by hand.  DS is 6.5 m and tonight I gave him strips of thigh meat and he fed himself.

    For beef, I've done beef stew so again the meat is very tender, then I shred it w/fork and feed it to DS.  I've also given him burger meat (homemade), just cut into pea-sized pieces and he can mash it in his mouth.

    For lamb, fall-off-the-bone lamb shank is again very tender and the meat falls apart.  The other night I roasted a leg of lamb and gave a strip for DS to suck on.  After he's done sucking, I cut it up into small pieces and fed it to him

    Finally for pork, I have made a huge batch of pork dumplings (using ground pork) before I gave birth.  I cook the dumplings and give the filling to DS.   

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  • I pureed meat in the early days.  I used some of the broth that I cooked it in and a little olive oil.  It won't be jarred food consistency (which to me is a good thing) but it was well received by my LO, and I froze it in cubes just like I did my fruits and veggies.
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  • image Booger+Bear:

    We did BLW, so we started meats at 6m, actually one of his first foods was a very tender piece of roast. Shredded chicken, pork from the crock pot, and meatballs were all big hits. Initially he'd just kind of chew/suck on the meat but he got good at taking bites early on. Now he likes to use his fork so I cut everything into bite sized pieces.

    IMO pureed meat is icky, whether made at home or bought in a jar.

    I feel the same way - which is funny, because I loved chopped liver (and it was one of my son's first foods since he turned 6 months right before Passover)

    We also did BLW and just gave him meats that were cut into "stick" shapes he could hold/suck/ and chew on.  Here's a picture of him sharing some steak from my meal the first week we introduced solids:

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  • I did the boiled chicken breasts in the food processer once, and never again, lol.  It was disgusting. 

    I found that the texture was better if I used the baby food mill.  It was convenient too because I could just grind up a little of whatever we were having.  I would always add fat drippings or butter/oil into it, it made it much more palatable. 

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    Pureed meat skeeves me out.

    We just cut it up into tiny pieces. 

  • I would give him bits of whatever we were eating if it was tender enough. Pretty much anything prepared in the crockpot was great. I'd throw a ton of chicken thighs in the crockpot with broth and seasoning and freeze portions for lunch, or roast beef in the crockpot is good, too.
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  • Don't boil the chicken cook it well like normal and put chicken broth in to make it smoother. That's how we did it atleast
  • If you BF you can always use BM to thin it out
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