Making baby food – easy money saver

20 Jun

So over the past few months I’ve been making some of my little guys baby food instead of buying all of it in a jar. Although I am not exclusively making his baby food, I think there is still some savings to be had not to mention it’s really easy to do.

For example, this week I took an entire head of cauliflower ($2.79), steamed and pureed it and then froze it in ice cube trays. I was able to fill 24 ice cube spots, making about 24 ounces of food. On average our little guy will eat 4 ounces in a meal, 3 being baby food, 1 being cereal. So, just by making the cauliflower I made food that costs about 0.11 per oz, so roughly 0.50 for a 4 oz jar. The cheapest baby food I’ve found is about 0.99 cents a jar and it’s usually for jars that are 4 oz or smaller.

In our freezer, I’ve currently have sweet potatoes (pictured above), carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. Usually for dinner I will give him one of the frozen veggies along with another jar of food so I’m usually using one less jar per day of baby food. It may only save us pennies, but it does all add up! (And one trick I learned was that although he won’t eat broccoli by itself, he will eat it if I give him half a spoonful of broccoli and half a spoonful of pear!)

In case you’re curious just how I made the baby food I literally just wash whatever I’m cooking, cut it in small pieces, and put it in the steamer until it’s soft and tender. Then I put it in my food processor and sometimes I add a little of the water from whatever I’ve steamed to make it creamier. I purée it until it’s totally smooth and then I use a flexible spatula to evenly fill the ice cube trays.

Once the food has been in the freezer a few hours and is totally frozen I pop them all out of the tray and put them in a labeled ziplock bag and back into the freezer it goes! Then when I need ’em I’ll usually just take out two and microwave them for about 10 seconds, stir, another 10 seconds, stir again and then it’s ready to eat! =)

Have you made any homemade baby food? I was unsure at first but it’s really super easy and I like knowing exactly what my little guy is eating! There are tons of great resources out there on making all sorts of baby food for your kiddos. This and this look interesting to me but I haven’t read either of them yet!

5 Responses to “Making baby food – easy money saver”

  1. Forgetful Momma June 20, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I made all of my daughters food. She had one small jar of boughten and it was a fight to get her to eat it. I can’t wait till I get to start making food for our youngest. Visiting from the Monday Blog Hop.

  2. chantelle June 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    hi, im a new follower from the super stalker sunday hop. would love if you could visit my blog and follow back if you like.

  3. Posh June 21, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Stopping by from the Tuesday Hop to day hello.
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