Homemade baby food is easy to prepare, costs less than baby food in a jar and unlike its prepared-with-preservatives cousin, parents know exactly what goes into the make-it-yourself variety.
So, Scrunch and I gave it a shot.
Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the help of Lori and Ethne from wom-mom.com!
Â My doctor recommendedÂ starting with green vegetables first. The orange ones are sweet andÂ baby might not want to eat the green ones if he knows he can eat the sweet foods instead.
So peas it is!
Â Â Fill your BabyCookÂ or steam-ready plastic bag with your vegetables (about half the bag) and water (about 1/8 cup, depending). The BabyCook has a timer. Follow the recommendations on the steam bags if that’s what you prefer.
Once cooked, add veggies as well as formula, breast milk or water (about 3 ounces per half bag of veggies).
BlendÂ for about five seconds withÂ the Baby Cook. I’m not sure how long a food processor or blender would take, but food should be oatmeal consistency.
I added rice cereal to the mixture and just stirred. The baby food has more iron this way!
Note: when I do this in the future, I won’t add the rice cereal or breast milk and/or formula.Â Sneak the Healthy! Healthy! pureesÂ into (not-so-healthy) grown-up foods using recipes from “Deceptively Delicious,” a cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. Mozzarella sticks with cauliflower? Cool! Chocolate doughnuts with carrot? Yum. (Check out my recipe for berry-infused french toast in an upcoming post!)
Portion the food into individual servings.Â Make sure to date the bag and write what isÂ in them. The green vegetables start to look alike onceÂ grinded and pureed!Â Â
Frugal note: Ethne from Wom MomÂ said she spent about 20-40 cents per serving of homemade baby food. The store-bought baby food costs 80 cents to $1 per serving.
Double WOOT for healthy and economical baby food!