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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