Baby Gus is ready for baby food! We are so excited to start on solids, what better way to do it than making our own with fresh organic fruits and vegetables!? Baby foods off of the shelves have so many preservatives and plus they are yuck! I don’t blame babies for not liking them! When making your own baby food, you know exactly what is going into it and it tastes better because it’s the REAL deal! So I encourage all you mothers out there to start making your baby’s food, and on the bright side it saves so much money!
Shelf Baby Food vs. HomeMade Baby Food
- Shelf food is good for up to 3 years vs. home made baby food is good for 3 days in the fridge and 30 days in the freezer!
- Shelf food cost roughly $0.50 a container which is about $20.00 for 40 containers vs. me spending roughly $8.00 and making 40 containers of baby food!
- Shelf food has added preservatives vs. home made food just added water!
Do I Have You Convinced Yet?
Here’s how easy it is to make a months worth of baby food in just a few hours!
Start off going to your local market and getting organic fruits and veggies! I started off with bananas, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and avocadoes. Make sure to wash them thoroughly when you get home!
I bought a baby bullet system to make my baby food because it is easy. It has a recipe book with nutritional information about each fruit and vegetable and what they do to help your baby. Bonus? It was fairly cheap! You can find them at Walmart, Target, Toys-r-us, Amazon, and I’m sure many other places. The System comes with the blender, small cup blender, 6 baby food jars with date dial, spatula, and an easy pop batch tray. Cost- $59.99. The steamer cost-$29.99. You can use any blender, steamer or even boil them!
After I washed all my fruits and veggies, I started first with the squash and I peeled and cut into 1/4 pieces. Then I placed them into the steamer. (the steamer has a great instruction manual. Which explains what setting and how long each fruit or vegetable needs to steam for!) You can also boil them if you do not have a steamer. Just make sure they are cooked all the way.
After the squash is cooked, put it in the blender with about a 1/4 cup of water ( I use nursery water to steam and to puree it).
This is with about a 1/4 cup nursery water. The left picture is squash which isn’t as thick as the sweet potatoes pictured on the right. I started out with the thinner purees at first and thickened them as he got used to them. Add water according to the desired thickness: more water for it to be thinner and less for it to be thicker. ( The baby bullet has a guide to how much water you should place in each puree).
Then pour the purees into the easy pop out batch tray and its ready to freeze! Or you can go to Walmart and get easy pop out ice trays for only $2.34! Remember: They are good for 30 days in the freezer and 3 days in the fridge!
You can also put them into the Baby Bullet jars and put them into your fridge. The jars have a date dial, so you can know when you made them! Another option is an Infintino Simple Squeeze Set (you can get at Walmart, Amazon or Infintino.com). They are so handy and you can freeze them too!
We now have our frozen baby food! I also bought some Ziploc Tupperware to put the frozen food in so it can thaw and be ready to eat or to take on the go!
(If you notice, I wrote with a dry erase marker on the front of the trays. So I would know the date and what food were in the trays).
- You only have to steam hard fruits and veggies such as:
- sweet potato
- You don’t have to steam anything that is soft just peel and blend! Such as:
- I take the skin off everything. And if something has a for I remove that as well.
- Make sure to always write the date somewhere (I use a dry erase marker)!