Friday, January 9, 2015

Homemade Baby Food - Take 2

I'm at it again. I'm making baby food for little miss Zoey. I found that when I made it for miss Summer it saved us a lot of money, than had I bought pre-made baby food. I was able to make big batches for less.

For example: 1 small bag of frozen green beans with a container of fresh kale made 2 and half ice cube trays for about $3. Each ice cube is about 1 serving. So if you figure that, for about 36 servings it comes out to about $0.09 a serving. Say What?!!? So compared to a jar baby food that is about $0.99 each. That's CHEAP!!

There are benefits to making your own baby food. You know exactly what is going in it. It is also very easy. The other day I had my steamer and 2 pots on the stove. On the stove I had the greens cooking. In one pot I had green beans and kale, and in the other I had peas, spinach and kale. I like to mix the leafy greens with a more solid green. Then in the steamer I had sweet potatoes (yams) cooking.

After each batch was done cooking I used my soup puree mixer and using water from the pots blended up the food. Then poured them into the ice trays and put them in the freezer. I like to let them set up for about a day, then transfer them to ziploc freezer quart sized bags labeled with what's in them and dated.

I fed Zoey her first bowl of solids with oatmeal and she loved it!

To prepare to feed the baby, you can put 1 to 2 cubes in a microwave safe bowl, heat for 40 seconds. The good thing about homemade food, I'm not afraid to taste to make sure it isn't too hot to give to the baby. The store bought stuff tastes kind of icky, bleh!

As miss Zoey gets bigger, I can't wait to use the reusable pouches that I bought!

The possibilities are endless for making your own baby food. The only drawback is that you have to keep it refrigerated or frozen until time of use, if not it will spoil.

Good luck! I will post some ideas of combos that I have made in the past and new ones that I have come up with in my printables section.

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