Making Baby Food: Take One

Friday, November 21, 2014

So I decided to try to make my own baby food.  I have been pretty passionate about Bug being strictly on breast milk and I love the fact that I know what she's getting so I thought what better way to continue that than making her food myself.  She has been so interested in our food lately and has done really well with sitting up [assisted] so I thought she was ready to test the waters a bit.  I did a little research before hand and decided we would start with sweet potatoes and apples; I know you're supposed to start with a veggie but we sometimes bend the rules.  So I started off with 4 medium sweet potatoes and 4 red apples.


I washed everything and then preheated the oven to 400.  I wrapped the potatoes in aluminum foil and threw them in the oven for around 40 minutes.


I then cored my apples, peeled them and cut them into cubes.


I boiled them for around 12 minutes then threw them into the blender and puréed them for a minute or so. 


I poured the puréed apples into an ice cube tray and popped them in the freezer.


I then scooped out the potato and put it in the blender.  I had to add about 1/3 cup of water while blending it to make it smooth.  I then poured the potatoes into ice cube trays and put them in the freezer.


So here's the cost break down:

4 apples yielded 16 servings: .28 per serving
4 sweet potatoes yielded 28 servings: .08 per serving

In all it took me about an hour but it would be easy to add a couple more of each, like I said we just want to test the water ;)  So I then just popped them out of the trays, put them in gallon freezer bags and put them date on them.
 
Next I think we will try carrots and maybe peas which I'm just positive she will hate ha-ha
 
**Bug did try a little of the apple that night and she did really well with it, probably confused on the texture and the spoon, but over all I think she will like starting solids.



14 comments :

  1. It is so cool that you did this! If we ever have another baby I would love to try making our own food.

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  2. Bravo for making your own baby food!

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  3. Sweet potatoes was one of the foods we started with! I rarely picked up baby food and usually just made my own. :-)

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  4. This is a great idea! And you make it seem so easy! I think you could add a little chicken broth to the peas and carrots and maybe she'll like it better!

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    1. That is a great idea! I will be making carrots next so I will try that, thanks!

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  5. I've always envied moms who have been able to do this! I always used " I just don't have time for it" as an excuse which is horrible. Great job mama!! You make it look easy!

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  6. i love it when moms make their own baby food!! i tried making baby food for my youngest but he never liked it lol!!

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  7. I was always going to make Aria's baby food! Then we decided to go the baby led weaning route instead, so I still made it, just not purees =) Good for you! Bit more work, way better all around. You might like to check out her 'baby food' tab - http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/02/04/adventures-in-homemade-baby-food-peas/.

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    1. Thanks, I definitely will! Any help I can get at this point :)

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  8. This is great! I am actually sending this post to my future sister in law who has 2 little babies I think it would be great for her! :)

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  9. With my first two I made their food, so easy and so much cheaper! My third one had a difficult start with food, so I was just getting anything down her throat I could, lol! But butternut squash is another great one and if you have a Costco membership, they sell a big bag that's already cut up for a good price!

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    1. Boo we don't have one anywhere close to us but Ill get some to try with the vegetable groups in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the suggestion :)

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  10. We make our own baby food too well most of the time if we are home she eats homemade:) Right now we are BLW and it is even easier:)

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  11. Thank you for sharing!! Our first baby is due in March, and I already know that eventually I want to make my own baby food, so this is really helpful! You make it look easy and doable!

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