Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Baby Food

Store bought baby food is expensive! At my local grocery store, a container of baby food runs anywhere from 50 cents to 1 dollar. This adds up fast when you consider that babies go through several containers a day for a couple of months. With everything that we've been doing to save money, I just couldn't justify buying baby food. So I turned to the internet and some friends to find out how to make my own baby food.

The best website that I've found for instructions on making baby food is Wholesome Baby Food. This site gives recipes for all kinds of fruits and veggies and gives great storage instructions. So far, I have made carrots, peas, green beans, apples, and peaches. I used frozen peas, carrots, and green beans and steamed them per the instructions on the bag. The bags of frozen veggies cost about 80 cents each. I got fresh apples and peaches at my local Aldis for about $5 total. I roasted them in the oven for about 30 minutes.

After you steam or roast your veggies or fruits, you puree them in a food processor. You don't need a fancy baby food maker, I simply use a small food processor that my sister in law bought us from Bed Bath and Beyond for about $30.
My food processor!
Then, you put the pureed fruits or veggies into ice cube trays and stick them in the freezer. After the food is frozen, you pop the cubes out of the trays, seal them in a ziploc and voila, you have baby food for weeks! Here's my collection:

Peas, Apples, Peaches, and Green Beans. She ate the last of the carrots!
I am able to make a batch during Grace's nap and it is so easy! I am not a good cook, Mike can attest to that, and I can do this....so anyone can! I am planning on doing sweet potatoes soon...hopefully I'll take pictures during that process so I can show more details.

2 comments:

  1. Sweet potatoes are super easy to do, so are just about every kind of squash. Lots of luck!

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  2. I'm definitely going to try to make D's baby food. Cheaper and at least then I know EXACTLY what's in it. Thanks for the website! Still have 3 months to go but it'll be nice to have a head start on info. ^_^

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