Make your own Baby Food: Vegetables

SAVE MONEY.

Ever thought about making your own baby food?  For my first child, I thought about it…and that’s about as far as I got.  Rather than looking into it or trying it out, I decided I didn’t have time to mess with it.  Oh how I wish I would’ve tried it because we could have saved so much money!

I spent $5.73 for the food at Wal-Mart and made 63 containers of Stage 1 baby food.  That is $.09 a jar!  At Wal-Mart here in Columbia, Missouri a jar of Gerber Stage 1 baby food costs $47.  Multiply that by 63 for a total of $29.61.  That means, I saved our family $23.88 and so can you!

So, don’t be like me, try this project at least once and then make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for you.

Supplies:
  • food processor or blender
  • ice cube trays or silicone muffin tins
  • fresh, frozen, or canned food for baby food
  • freezer bags, small containers, or empty baby food jars

Frozen vegetables waiting to be cooked and pureed

Game Plan:

1. Buy your vegetables.

I prefer frozen or fresh because then I don’t have to worry about what has been added to the food to preserve it for canning.

2.  Steam vegetables.

This softens them, makes them easier to chew, and preserves more of the vitamins and minerals than boiling.  You should always cook a thawed product prior to re-freezing it.

3.  Puree the baby food in a food processor or blender.

4.  Add water, formula, or breast milk to get the baby food to the consistency appropriate for your baby’s age.

I just used water and it took some experimenting with quantities of water.

5.  Pour the baby food into ice cube trays or silicone muffin tins.

Don’t know how much to put in?  Ask your doctor, or do like I did and buy a couple jars of baby food at the appropriate stage and go off of that amount.

6.  Place trays in freezer

A word to the wise, if using silicone muffin tins, you may want to put a cookie sheet underneath to keep from getting baby food all over yourself, not that I would know from experience…

Ice cube trays for baby food

Use ice cube trays or silicone muffin tins to freeze baby food

7. Once the baby food has solidified, pop it out of the trays and place into labeled freezer bags…this way you can tell the peas apart from the green beans.

Fruits and vegetables frozen this way will last six to eight months.

8.  A couple days before you’re needing the baby food, just take a cube or two (depending on your baby’s age) and put it in a container.

I have 6 small containers I use for this.  Whenever I use one up, I rinse it out, pull out a cube from the freezer and then put it in the back of the refrigerator.  Those closest to the front are the ones I use first.  In the refrigerator, it is recommended that fresh pureed homemade baby food be stored no longer than 48 hours (many food safety authorities say that 72 hour is fine.)

make your own baby food

Containers of homemade baby food: corn, peas, and carrots

What was your success with this project?
Do you have any other tips for making your own baby food?

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