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I started making my baby food because it’s a lot cheaper than buying it. Depending on produce prices, making it myself is about half the price of buying it. When you factor in that baby eats 1-2 baby food containers per meal, the savings add up quickly. I’ve already saved hundreds of dollars. Making baby food is so easy; it was a no-brainer for me.
After I started making the food, I discovered some unforeseen benefits. One of these was texture variation. Store bought purees all have the same texture. If babies aren’t exposed to a variety of textures, they will resist new ones later on. By making my own food, I was able to start making the foods slightly more chunky as my baby grew. He quickly got used to the new textures. (Here’s what I did when he didn’t like new foods.) Another great reason to make your own purees is that you know exactly what’s in it.
- Blendtec blender
- Ice cube trays. (I just got cheapo ones from the Dollar Store.) Try to find a tray with 1 ounce cubes! Having all the food in little cubes like this makes it easy to mix foods for added variety. It’s also helpful to have 5-10 trays if you plan to make large batches.
- Gallon sized freezer bags.
How to make baby foods:
*For each of these recipes, you may need to add some water when you blend the food to get the consistency you want.
- Peel and boil until soft. For apples, I cut them into 8ths and boil for 5-6 minutes. For carrots, I chop them into thin round slices. I boil them for 20 minutes or longer. You’ll know they are done when it’s easy to stab them with a fork.
Pears, peaches, avocado, mango, cantaloupe
- Peel, get the seed(s) out, and blend!
- Cut the squash in half and place it cut-side down in a 9×13 pan with about 1” of water.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours
- Use a fork to peel the skin off. Scoop out seeds with a spoon.
- Cut the squash in half and place it cut-side down in a small pan with about 1” of water.
- Carefully pierce holes in the skin with a fork.
- Microwave for 12-16 minutes.
- Scoop out seeds, then scoop the flesh out.
Peas, corn, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini squash
- I like to buy frozen bags of peas, corn, cauliflower, and broccoli. I buy fresh zucchini and chop it into thick slices.
- Put vegetables in a bowl with water added. Microwave.
After blending the food, pour it into the ice cube trays. Freeze. Then put the cubes in freezer bags for storage.
See that! Super easy. You can even make large batches of baby food to save time.