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As a mother of two I don’t have time to be worried about every ingredient that goes into my children’s tummies. I shouldn’t have to investigate every ingredient and wonder “Is this healthy for my child?”, “What’s the purpose of this ingredient?”, “Is it necessary?”, “Does my child need to eat food with a zillion ingredients?”, “Why can’t food be simple anymore?”
When I had my first daughter I really wanted to make my own food for her. High expectations….low return….Once she was old enough to start eating food and small meals I felt like I didn’t have the time to make her own food. I thought I had to have a specific type of equipment in order to pull this off. So basically I gave up on the idea before I even started. Go me. So I went with the pre-made meals , jars, and pouches you can get in the baby isle. Don’t get me wrong. These jars and pouches were great and have come a long way! We love buying brands like Beechnut (Beech-Nut Organic Baby Food, Stage 2, Organic Banana, Blueberry & Avocado, 3.5 Ounce Pouch (Pack of 12)) and Earth’s Best (Earth’s Best Organic Stage 2, Very Veggie Variety Pack, 4 Ounce Jar,12 Count). Both brands have organic options and they are very affordable!
Grocery shopping would take me so long to complete! I used to spend so many precious minutes reading the ingredients list on the back of the cheaper baby food jars. I wanted to make the right choice for my kids. I mean, that’s what we all want to do as parents right? It can be so hard at times.
Fast forward three years and here comes along baby girl number two. This time I was determined to follow through on my plan to make her food. And I am proud to say that I have done it!
When she first started eating food I went with what I knew best and trusted; Beechnut and Earth’s Best baby food. Now AJ is 9 months and I felt it was time to start making her food. She’s tried plenty of veggies, fruits, and grains, so the risk of her having allergies is minimal at this point. She is vegetarian, mostly vegan, and we plan to raise her as such.
I’ve been making her food for about 3 weeks now. I still buy the Beechnut and Earth’s Best pouches and jars to have on hand. Honestly my three year old loves them as a snack sometimes too!
AJ has loved the food I have made for her. I keep it simple, using only a few ingredients. I make sure to only include food I know she has had in the past. I’ve figured out cheap ways to make numerous meals!
Tips on how to make your own baby food
- Buy frozen organic veggies and fruits – I buy the frozen organic bags of veggies and fruits from Walmart for less than $2 a bag! These bags go such a long way and make so many meals! For instance, I buy the Great Value brand of organic frozen mixed veggies (corn, peas, green beans, and carrots). The bag costs $1.88. When I blend it together I can make about 6 jars worth of food. If your child eats 1 jar at every meal, that’s $0.31 per meal. My child eats at least 2 jars at every meal now, so it’s costing me $0.62 per meal. Incredible! One pouch alone can be $1 or more. So clearly making your own food is a cheaper option overall.
- Add water to the blender before hitting that button – The water allows the ingredients to become a tad liquidy. If you don’t add water the food becomes really thick and is incredibly difficult to pour evenly into the jars. The mixture will thicken naturally as it sits in the fridge or freezer. I usually add about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of water to each recipe.
- Keep the recipes simple – Use ingredients you know your child loves! Don’t use too many ingredients; it might not taste as good as it sounds. You don’t want to throw them off from that food.
- Don’t be afraid to sneak in one new ingredient every now and then – If your kid isn’t a fan of spinach by itself. I love it fresh, but who’s a fan of it pureed. Blah! Sneak in a handful of spinach to the recipe. They won’t even know it’s there and you can rest easy knowing they are getting lots of lovely nutrients from that handful of spinach. 🙂
- Use a high-powered blender – I love my Nutribullet blender! Recently my food processor broke in several pieces. But my Nutribullet has saved the day many times! It gets all the food pureed perfectly and in less than a minute! NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray
Since I’ve started making AJ’s food, I’ve had a peace of mind knowing exactly what is in her food. I simply blend all the ingredients in the Nutribullet and pour it into reused Beechnut jars. You can find out how to remove labels and clean baby food jars here. I haven’t made enough at one time to store in the freezer, but if you do, just simply pour the food into ice cube trays and freeze for 24 hours. You can find one similar to the one I used here on Amazon. OXO Tot Baby Food Freezer Tray with Protective Cover Remove from the tray and place in a freezer bag until you are ready to use. Baby food in the jars lasts in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Let me know if I can provide any further information about making your own baby food! Happy Blending!