Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Now that we're doing solids with Liam, it was time to blow the dust off of the food processor and fire that thing back up!  I made a bunch of Jake's food when he was a baby, and it was so easy that I had no hesitation in doing it again.  So far, we've made peas, carrots, peaches, bananas and pears.  (and so far, he's loved all of that food)  Here is a quick picture tutorial, just in case you're curious about making your own food.

Cook the veggies as you normally would:

Catch the water when you drain the veggies to use for thinning the food out once it's in the processor (the water has some of the nutrients that are lost in the cooking process).  I find it's easiest to just put a mixing bowl with a pouring spout directly under the strainer:

Put peas into processor, add water as necessary...blend it up!

Once you have the right consistency, spoon the food into ice cube trays (each cube is about an ounce), cover with saran wrap and freeze:

Pop the frozen cubes out of trays, place into ziploc bags for freezer storage:

So simple!!  And so cost effective---the bag of peas was $1.06, and I got 22 oz of food out of it.  Earth's Best baby food runs around .60/jar for stage 1 baby food (2.5 oz), so 22 oz of jarred baby food would run me about $5.40.  That's a savings of $4.34 for less than 10 minutes of work.


Shannon Everyday Mom-ents said...

Good job Mama! I need to start making more of my baby food. I always just get worried I am not going to cook it right etc. But I made sweet potatos last night to give to my little one for dinner today! So we shall see!!

Emmy said...

I was really intimidated at first too, but once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy! The only thing I ever had a problem with was squash (see the story here: )

But other than that, it was all pretty easy! I would usually try to do a bunch at once, that way I was all set for a few weeks.

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