Spend It Wisely: DIY Baby Food

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Baby food is so expensive! Not to mention the number of mystery ingredients in some jarred baby food…

Why not make your own? It’s inexpensive, takes very little time and you have complete control over what goes into your baby’s food.

I was intimidated by the idea of making my own baby food, but the truth is — it’s super simple! And, you probably won’t need to buy any new equipment to do it.

Equipment/Ingredients

  • blender or food processor
  • ice cube trays
  • fruits or veggies (fresh or frozen)

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Method

First, cook your chosen fruit or veggie until soft. Some fruits and veggies, like bananas and avocados, don’t need to be cooked first, but most should be roasted or steamed until soft. You can cook them in whatever manner is appropriate for that particular food, but don’t add spices or seasonings. For these pictures, I cooked two batches: frozen peas and a frozen pea/carrot mix. (You might want to check with your doctor first since some foods, like carrots, can contain higher nitrate concentrations in adult form than are allowed in commercial baby food.)

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Next, pour the cooked veggie into the bowl of your blender/food processor. I have a special blender, called a Baby Bullet, which is great for this. It has a nice-sized bowl and multiple storage and feeding options. But, you should be able to use any blender for this.

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Let the food cool a bit so it doesn’t build up too much pressure in the blender. Then, it’s time to blend! You will probably have to some water to the bowl to get the food to a proper consistency. How much you add depends on how smooth and liquid you want your puree. (We add bottled water since our tap water is high in nitrites.) Blend your mixture until it’s the right texture for your baby’s development.

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Pour the baby food into small containers and refrigerate if you’re planning to serve it within the next few days. Otherwise, pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, pop the cubes out of the trays and store in the freezer in a ziploc bag. I keep about six containers (little bullet-shaped plastic jars from the Baby Bullet kit) in the fridge at a time, restocking from the freezer as I use them. Almost anything will freeze well — so far, we’ve tried squash, applesauce, green beans, peas, peas/carrots and sweet potatoes.

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Summary

Total time involved: about 10 minutes, including cooking time

Cost for two batches (peas and peas/carrots): $2.00 ($1 per bag of frozen veggies).

I estimate these two batches made about 20 servings of baby food since Eli sometimes eats two cubes in a serving. That makes these $.10 per serving. Way cheaper than commercial baby food!

Eli wasn't sure about his first taste of squash, but now it's one of his favorites.

Eli wasn’t sure about his first taste of squash, but now it’s one of his favorites.

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3 thoughts on “Spend It Wisely: DIY Baby Food

  1. […] Frozen peas — $2.28 (regular price) for homemade baby food […]

  2. […] entire ice tray…melted. A half-dozen bags of baby food cubes…liquified. Various veggies and beans…mushy. Literally everything in the freezer was at […]

  3. […] Sweet potatoes — $1.09/lb (regular price) for homemade baby food […]

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