Monday, March 25, 2013

Homemade Baby Food

For those of you that follow me on FB and Instagram have seen my recent posts of my batches of homemade baby food. Well some of you have asked how I do it so I thought that I would share a post of what I do and how I do it.

I love making homemade baby food. You know the saying the older you get the wiser you are. Well in this case it's true! I wish I had know about making my own baby food 8 1/2 years ago when I had my son!! At that time we were full time students both working part-time, making my own food would have saved us a bunch of money! Well now we are no longer students and both are working full time with 2 kids now and we are still finding ways to stretch our dollars. Making baby food is now one of them.

I can make a whole lot for a lot less than what those little jars of food cost. I can also make up my own combos and also expose little missy to different fruits and veggies that are not available in the prepackaged form, such as beets, mangos, cauliflower, you get the idea.

So how do I go about making it you ask well here's what you will need.

- steamer
- hand blender
- ice trays
- pot(s) {for frozen items}
- baggies (sandwich size and quart size)

First wash, peel, de-seed (if necessary) then chop. If you are using frozen items, such as peas cook as you normally would in a pot with a little bit of water. For fresher items, place into your steamer.



Let them cook and cool.

Once they have cooled blend them up. I like to use a little bit of water so that it's not so thick.



Next pour into your ice trays.


Then put into freezer. Once they have been frozen for about a day pop them out of the trays and place them into labeled baggies.


Tada! You now have fresh homemade baby food for less than what it would have cost you to buy it pre-made.

Some of my other tricks to save money on baby food is buying a big jar of unsweetened applesauce and those fruit flavored applesauces like these.

 

Or already pureed frozen squash, that I will defrost and divide up into the ice trays.

 



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