How To Make Baby Food

by How To Mommy on 06.03.11


After spending entirely too much money on baby food with my first daughter, I realized it would definitely be beneficial to my baby and my wallet to try to make my own this time.

I looked up the recipes and preparation instructions on Wholesome Baby Food and took it from there.

It really didn’t take nearly as much time as I thought it would and Baby O loved it!

So far I’ve made sweet potatoes, zucchini and yellow squash.  I can’t wait to try carrots, green beans and fruits!

Here are the steps for making your own baby food.

 

 

  1. Make sure you have a good quality food processor {I use the GE Rocket Blender and it worked great!  I’ve also heard good things about the Baby Bullet}
  2. Bake, boil or steam your veggies {I baked the sweet potatoes and boil/steamed the zucchini and summer squash}
  3. Cut your prepared food into chunks
  4. Place into your food processor with 1/4 to 1/2 c. of the cooking liquid {the sweet potatoes will require A LOT more water than the squash}
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Place in ice cube trays and cover with saran wrap until frozen
  7. Remove from trays and place in Ziploc bags for storage in your freezer

Here are the steps for re-heating the frozen cubes.

  1. Place the number of cubes of food you desire in a microwave safe dish {I started with one, but she does two now}
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds
  3. Add expressed breast milk or formula to reach the proper consistency for your baby

As you can see, she really enjoyed the sweet potatoes!

Two sweet potatoes, 1 zucchini and 3 summer squash cost me less than $5 and made 56 cubes.  I was excited because I got the best price on the veggies with price matching and saved the cost of buying all those jars.  The generic stage 1 baby food jars are 44¢, which would have been $24.64 before taxes.

I saved over $20 and I know exactly what went in to Baby O’s food!

{I’ve now tried some new recipes for Baby O.  View those here.}

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1 may June 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Great blog,am following your blog too.thanks for stoping by mine and entering my giveaway.

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2 Daphne June 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Thanks for the recipes! I need to start making E’s food, especially since he is eating SO much!

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3 How To Mommy June 5, 2011 at 8:46 PM

It’s so helpful!

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4 oomph. June 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

this is a great, healthy alternative. i did make a lot of foods for my second child because he didn’t really like the jar food.

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5 How To Mommy June 5, 2011 at 8:46 PM

My first wouldn’t touch my homemade food, but luckily this one is!

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6 Carol June 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Well at least you’ll know what the content is, as well as saving money. Good move and look at those sweet cheeks. What a pretty girl. Hi! I’m here from the blog hop and I’m your newest follower. I hope you’ll come visit and follow me too. I’d like being one of your blogging friends. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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7 Tonya June 5, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Hi sorry it took so long to get back to you. We’re in the process of moving to VA so it’s been a little hectic. Just wanted you to know that I added your Tasty Thursdays to our Blog Hop Library :) Have a great day!

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8 Terry June 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

How cute, cute cute your baby is. She looks so happy, that must be all the good food you are making her.

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9 Anita @ Cedar Hill June 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

what a sweetie!!! Thanks for the follow, following back.

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10 pinkpoodlebows June 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Hi! I’m hopping back over to your site and became a new follower! What an adorable baby girl you have! pinkpoodlebows

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11 Lindsey June 6, 2011 at 5:53 AM

What a great, easy baby food recipe! My daughter wouldn’t eat a bit of my homemade baby food, so I hope my second will!
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12 Carla June 7, 2011 at 8:34 AM

What a cute little girl! I’m totally going to try the ice trays…I love making my baby food, but it takes way too much time to only make one serving at a time!

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13 How To Mommy June 7, 2011 at 9:55 PM

The trays work so well! I cooked once and it should last me at least a month.

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14 Keli June 7, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I loved making my youngest his baby food. It saved so much money and was so much healthier for him! I kind of miss making his food for him.

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15 kp June 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I’ve always preferred to make my own baby food. Though I’ve never been as organized about it as you are. I usually just mash or grind whatever we’re having for dinner and serve leftovers,mashed fruit, or baby cereal for other meals.

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16 Erika July 21, 2011 at 5:40 PM

hello,
thank you for the great HOW TO. I am a new mom to a 7 week old baby boy. I am extremely interested in making my own baby food, and I am looking to start now, and freezing them. Do you happen to know how long the frozen cubes are good in the freezer for? Any answer is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Erika

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17 How To Mommy July 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I believe 3 months. So glad you found this helpful and congrats on the new baby!

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18 Angela July 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Hi, I also posted a link for homemade baby food on The Frugal Girls. Your post is great! Thanks for sharing.

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19 Haley July 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Just saw this on frugal girls and this is exactly what I am doing!!! (reading Super Baby Food and wholesomebabyfood.com & doing the best of both) Loved your mixed recipes on continued page!! As a first time mom, so glad to see that I’m doing ok!! haha!! Thanks!!!

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20 How To Mommy July 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I’m so glad you liked the recipes! Thanks for reading.

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21 cyndi July 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I was just reading frugal girls and came across this article. I did this same method with my first baby who just turned 1yr. I still use the fruit cubes to add to her cereal in the morning & she loves it. I am now expecting my second & will definitely make our own food again. I was very surprised how easy it actually was & glad I could save my family $$ on baby food.

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22 Baby Birth Anouncement UK July 29, 2011 at 6:39 AM

great tips, with have to give them a go sometime soon :)

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23 Rachel October 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Im going to be making my own babyfood, just came to realize I could do this after having our 3rd boy. I wouldn’t heat it up in the microwave, for microwaving food, depleates the nutrient content with in 30 seconds. I would suggest useing a small stainless steel pot and heat it up on the stove along with the milk. Might take a little extra time, but its healthier.

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