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3.17.2014

How to make and freeze your own baby food


Apparently I love DIY. So much so that when it came time to introduce my son to solid foods I didn't think twice about making my own baby food. 

It's been super easy so far. You only need a few things and a fancy schmancy baby food maker is not one of them! 


Supplies Needed :
Fruits and veggies (see below for specifics ones) 
saucepans
empty ice cube trays
plastic bags
permanent marker
blender or Magic Bullet

To start off, I devised a plan for what fruits and veggies to introduce my Little Man to first. He's almost 6 months old and I didn't want him to be a picky eater later on, so I knew  I wanted to introduce a new one every 3-4 days. 

Here's my schedule, alternating between a fruit and a vegetable every 4 or so days. This way I made enough food to cover about a month or so of food. . 
Fruits                                              Vegetables
Bananas                                          Carrots
Pears                                               Peas
Apples                                             Sweet Potatoes 

First, I used frozen peas and carrots. So start by boiling those in 2 separate saucepans. While those are boiling, peel the apples and sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Also boil those in separate saucepans as well. 


While those are boiling, Peel bananas and place in your blender or Magic Bullet. I can't say anything about how a blender works for this process, but I know some people swear by theirs. I on the other hand swear by my Magic Bullet. It's so easy to change the cups and blades and it saves a ton of time. There is a Baby Bullet, but I didn't feel the need to purchase an expensive baby food maker when I could do with what I already had. 


After peeling the bananas and pureeing them, I did the same thing with the pears. I simply switched the blades out and pureed them. Set aside the containers of bananas and pears. 

Now  was ready to drain and puree the vegetables and apples. Always set aside some of the water from boiling so you can use it to thin the puree and retain some of the nutrients lost while boiling. 

Again, use separate containers to puree the carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, and apples. 

If anything s still thick or has chunks in it, add some of the water it was boiling in or add a small amount of breast milk or formula. 

Once everything is pureed, I simple poured the items into ice cube trays. 

Each slot holds about 1 oz of food so that should help for measuring purposes. 

I froze each tray for about 2 hours. Then I labeled plastic bags with the name of the item and date. Pop out each tray and store in respective bags in the freezer. 



The nice thing about this is that it took about an hour to make, 30 minutes to clean up my mess, and then 2 hours to freeze. I did it all on a Sunday afternoon and don't have to worry about food for almost a month! 

To serve, I pull out 2 cubes and stick them in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Then stir and let sit for a few minutes. If it's too thick, you can add more breast milk or formula to thin. 

All of the food cost me about $8.  (1 bag of frozen peas and carrots, 3 sweet potatoes, 3 apples, a can pf pears, and a bunch of bananas). So divide that by about a month, and you spent pennies a day to feed your child! You can't beat that considering prepackaged baby food can be about a dollar or more a pouch or container. 

I'd say Little Man likes what he's tasted so far! He seems to prefer the bananas and peas the most and isn't so sure about carrots. 

Have you made your own baby food or do you prefer the convenience of store bought? 

7 Comments - Add a Comment:

Erin McG said...

The only baby food I ever made for my 2 (ages 6 1/2 and 3 1/2 now) were sweet potatoes and mashed banana. I took the "easy" way out and bought a million jars of pre-made. Your way looks easy, delicious and so cost saving! Awesome job momma! He is SUCH a cutie!

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Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

Thanks Erin! Believe me some days I want to buy the pre-made but this way is really easy!

Jenn said...

I made lots of food for Caleb and Landen. SO EASY! I steamed most things and then blended. Green beans were the only thing that never turned out.

Jenn said...

I made lots of food for Caleb and Landen. SO EASY! I steamed most things and then blended. Green beans were the only thing that never turned out.

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