How To Make Baby Food…Continued

by How To Mommy on 07.09.11

My first attempt at making baby food was very successful.  However, after a few weeks of sweet potatoes, carrots, and zucchini, I could tell Baby O was getting bored.

A friend of mine recommended making combinations of fruits and veggies to mix it up.

I’d also heard from a few people about using frozen veggies and fruits, as opposed to going through all the trouble of preparing fresh.  What’s great about frozen food is that it’s picked and frozen at the peak of freshness, not to mention, many times it’s less expensive than fresh.

I was also beyond stoked when I found out that Target sells organic canned vegetable purees in a few flavors!

In less than 10 minutes I had two new recipes in my freezer!  Here they are:

Peachy Puree

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic butternut squash
  • 1/2 bag frozen peaches

Preparation:

  1. Thaw 1/2 bag of frozen peaches
  2. Blend squash and peaches in food processor to appropriate consistency {add water or juice of peaches if it’s too thick}
  3. Freeze in ice cube trays

Cost Savings:

Gerber NatureSelect 2nd Foods: $1.19 for 7 oz at local grocery store = $ .17/oz

Peachy Puree: $3.09 for 23 oz = $ .13/0z (1/2 bag of Peaches: $1.10 and Squash: $1.99/can)

Sweet Pumpkin Pea

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 jar all natural, no sugar added, applesauce
  • 1/3 bag frozen peas

Preparation:

  1. Thaw peas
  2. Blend all ingredients in food processor to appropriate consistency {add water if it’s too thick}
  3. Freeze in ice cube trays

Cost Savings:

Gerber NatureSelect 2nd Foods: $1.19 for 7 oz at local grocery store = $ .17/oz

Sweet Pumpkin Pea: $2.77 for 22 oz = $ .13/oz (1/3 bag of peas: $ .36, pumpkin puree: $1.99, 1/4 jar applesauce $ .42)

I went shopping on the fly, so I’m sure if I waited for coupons and sales, I could’ve gotten even better deals.  However, assuming Baby O eats about 9.5 oz of food per day, at 4¢/oz savings, that is a total savings of $2.66 per week, $10.64 per month and $138.32 per year!  Not too shabby…

The Verdict

Peachy Puree

Sweet Pumpkin Pea

She loved them!  What are your baby’s favorite combinations?

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1 Bonny July 10, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Not sure how to follow you, I don’t see GFC, but I am following you on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 How To Mommy July 10, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Bonny, GFC is on the right sidebar. I’m not sure why you couldn’t see it! Thanks for following on twitter and facebook.

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3 Brooke July 11, 2011 at 7:25 PM

You make me want to try that!

I am your newest follower from Toddle Along Tuesday

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I’d love a follow back! 🙂

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4 How To Mommy July 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Let me know what you think!

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5 Amy July 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

mmm, the sweet pumpkin pea sounds yummy

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6 How To Mommy July 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Really? I hate peas…but she likes it! 🙂

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7 Jill July 11, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Thanks for the follow, following you back 🙂

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8 Kari July 11, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I’m excited to see what else you post about. We are past the making baby food for right now.

Your newest follower from TAT!

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9 Noelle July 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM

I am so going to get the ingredients for Peachy Puree today at the store. I love peaches, but preparing them (roasting/peeling) is hard for me. Maybe I take them out too early, but I spend forEVER trying to get those dang skins off. The frozen pieces are the way to go, and it’s still cheaper. Thanks for posting these!

Noelle
http://lifeasweknowit22.blogspot.com

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10 Eclectic Mommy July 12, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Ahh… The days of bulk cooking baby food. You will love doing this for your little one and they will love you for it. My son has such a varied palette now after making all his baby food. Kid loves humus and avocado, but won’t eat carrots. 🙂

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