Today I’m very happy to be kicking off my homemade baby food series! Open a jar of baby food and taste it. Go on! Do it! Does it taste like something you would make and want to eat? Probably not. In my experience it hasn’t.
By making my own baby food my girls are eating food we normally make and how we normally prepare it. This allows me to cook and season their food just like my own.
I have found that it makes transitioning from baby food to big people food much, much easier! We always steam our broccoli and peas. When I made Cakey’s baby food that is how I prepared it. Now at the ripe old age of two she likes her broccoli or peas steamed with fresh cracked pepper and a little salt-free seasoning blend.
First, I would like to discuss some common questions about homemade baby food.
Is homemade baby food cheaper than processed store bought baby food?
That depends on what you are preparing. Sometimes you can get an excellent deal on the veggie or fruit you plan on preparing. For instance, I recently got mangos for 59 cents each. Each mango made 3-4 servings of baby food. That averaged out to about 19 cents a serving. The price for mango prepackaged baby food is $1.75 per container. Certain foods are going to cost more to prepare yourself than buying prepackaged but at least you know what is in them! Which leads me to the next question:
Is homemade baby food healthier?
I am not a health expert! I honestly do not know if it is or if it is not. What I do know is that I can pronounce and spell every ingredient in my baby’s food. Making your own food cuts down on extra ingredients being included even if they are only there to preserve freshness.
Is it time consuming to make your own baby food?
Yes it takes time. But I don’t do it every day. I break it up. I usually only prepare one vegetable and one fruit a week. It is pretty easy to start. I always make small introductory batches of food in case of an allergy. After I have successfully introduced several foods to my baby I make those foods in big batches and freeze them. I plan out enough food for a month at a time allowing for any new foods and possible growth spurts.
How do you introduce new foods to your baby?
When I am first introducing food to my baby I start slow. One vegetable or fruit for one meal for three days straight. Then I continue feeding that vegetable at one meal and introduce the second food following the same format. After about two weeks I have three vegetables and two fruits in the baby’s diet. I do this anytime I introduce a new food into my baby’s diet.
Why do you make your own baby food if it takes more time and does not save a significant amount of money?
I do it because I have more control over what my baby is eating. I also do it because I can prepare their food the same way I prepare our adult food. Making my own baby food has helped Cakey eats a larger variety of fruits and vegetables because she already knew what they tasted like.
Over the next few Thursdays I will be sharing my various tips and some recipes for making homemade baby food. Before we get started here are the supplies needed for making baby food:
- Food processor or high powered blender
- Ice cube trays
- Measuring spoons
- Freezer-safe zip top bags
Most ice cube trays are the same size but you need to know how much your trays hold. Take your measuring spoons starting with the tablespoon or teaspoon and fill it with water. Place the water one tablespoon at a time until the cube is full. My large ice cube trays holds a tablespoon and half. My smaller ice cube trays holds two teaspoons.
What’s your opinion on making homemade baby food?
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