How to make your own baby food! But how to get babies to eat it? You’re on your own…

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!

The BabyCook babyfood maker costs $150 retail. Boo! So I borrowed one from a friend. Yey! It steams and blends in the same container, so it is super convenient. But steam-ready microwave bags and a food proccessor work just fine too :)

 My doctor recommended starting with green vegetables first. The orange ones are sweet and baby might not want to eat the green ones if he knows he can eat the sweet foods instead.

So peas it is!

Parents magazine says frozen vegeables pack the same nutritional punch as fresh. Canned vegetables may contain additonal salt and/or preservatives.

  Fill your BabyCook 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.

Insert peas, fill with water and steam!

Once cooked, add veggies as well as formula, breast milk or water (about 3 ounces per half bag of veggies).

Remove the vegetables. Use a glove or a spoon as seen above. Steamed veggies are hot! hot! hot!

Blend for about five seconds with the Baby Cook. I’m not sure how long a food processor or blender would take, but food should be oatmeal consistency.

Adding rice cereal to the veggies reduces overwhelming baby food flavor for young palents. They aren't used to those tastes yet! Plus, it makes the meals more well-rounded and hearty this way.

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. Sneak the Healthy! Healthy! purees 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 baby food into an ice cube tray and freeze for later use. Babies can eat some of the food right away. For the rest, portion it into 2 ounce ice cube trays. Babies eat 2-4 ounces per meal. The food is safe frozen for about three months.

Portion the food into individual servings. Make sure to date the bag and write what is in them. The green vegetables start to look alike once grinded and pureed!  

Preserve food into individual servings like these plastic bags. Don't forget to date them, too!

Frugal note: Ethne from Wom Mom 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!

3 thoughts on “How to make your own baby food! But how to get babies to eat it? You’re on your own…

  1. how much is 1 cube of baby food in the ice cube tray? I’m not sure I’m reading this right:

    “Portion the baby food into an ice cube tray and freeze for later use. Babies can eat some of the food right away. For the rest, portion it into 2 ounce ice cube trays. Babies eat 2-4 ounces per meal. The food is safe frozen for about three months. ”

    Is the whole tray 2oz or is one cube 2oz? (sorry for the dumb sounding question!)

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