Home-Made Baby Food, Anyone?

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Our friends with children will understand our latest bump in the road as parents: baby food is expensive.

Right now, the cost to feed our boy is around 50% of what it costs to feed Steph and I combined. Now, in fairness, the kid might have an over-eating disorder is an eating machine, but he doesn’t eat that much. The problem is the cost of baby food: it’s insane.

If we buy the organic gerber ‘second foods’ baby food for him, right now he’ll eat $5-$6 worth every day.

Nuts!

So, we’re looking at different ways to make our own baby food, and that’s why I’m writing this post:

Got any cool tips to share?

What have you learned in this area and what do we need to know about? Please share!

*Please don’t read this as whiny or trying to say we’re broke or anything. I just want your knowledge!

15 comments

  1. I say google for some recipes and go from there. I made very little baby food for Isaiah because I’ve always had a full-time job outside the home and this makes for zero time for that sort of thing. When I did it I had fun. Check out http://www.onestepahead.com. They have some good tools and cookbooks there. I actually got A LOT of stuff for Isaiah from them and the prices are reasonable! Good luck!!!

  2. @Josh – yeah man. Y’all will be two steps ahead of the game when the time comes!

    @Tabi – awesome! Thanks!

  3. Laura made all of Ellie’s food until she started eating what we eat. She would buy fruit and veggies, blend them up (she has a recipe book) in a food processor and then put them in a ice cube trays. About 2-4 frozen cubes is 1 serving of can baby food.

  4. hey guys,
    I made Lael’s baby food from the beginning and she never ate jarred food. I used two books. One was in German and the other was this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Petit-Appetit-Cookbook-Organic-Recipes/dp/1557884536/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248812204&sr=8-1

    I used a blender because that’s what we had and used little jars and froze them. You can give Josiah anything you eat usually without the spices. I made Lael stuff like potatoes and would blend in carrots, fennel, or whatever. You can even blend in meat. But, I’d try to implement our meals into hers so if I made ground beef, then I’d put a little aside to blend into whatever I gave her. Hope that helps! PS I have a new blog site. Love you guys!

  5. Hey Zack, it’s me, Diane…this is what I had to do.

    When Lyn was born 30 years ago, I went to Quality Drugs in Butner, bought a hand-turn grinder and put whatever we were eating into the grinder for her…she refused to eat baby food of any kind except for a couple of the fruits.

    So, when Rachel and Missy came along, I just kept grinding our table food up for them as well. I don’t cook with many seasonings, practically no salt, so the food was not too spicy for them.

    I never had a recipe book or anything fancy to grind the food up in. By the time of Rachel and Missy the original grinder had gone to appliance heaven, so I just took my Black & Decker chopper and used that to grind up their food.

    I don’t believe in spending money frivolously, so feeding them from our food was a very cost efficient method. I have also used the frozen cubes method noted above by Ellie’s dad.

    blessings~~di

  6. Hey.. I made almost all of Brayden’s baby food and I plan to do it again once Teagan starts eating baby food. It was cheaper and I enjoyed it. I used the book Super Baby Foods and it was awesome. I also did the food cube method. I used a blender and but all the food in ice cube trays. I thought you needed a food processor but you can just use a blender for sure. I also tried to make my own rice cereal at first but that stuff is so cheap and I just couldn’t keep up with it enough. This book tells you what ages they can eat everything and how to make it. It was a great resource.

  7. Hi you three!
    My sis, Erika, is a wonderful mom in Maui who loves to cook organic & inexpensively! Read her blog/site at http://alittleinsanity.com/
    She has great homemade recipes & I respect her two cents a lot… 🙂
    Hope it helps!
    Sarah

  8. We did not make our own babyfood for our son, but we did figure out that we could buy the baby food alot cheaper at BJs. ($7.99 for an assorted box) Once you start to get to third foods it makes more since to start making your own, it’s basically pasty soup in a jar.

  9. My friends by organic groceries only for their son. The steam and blend their food. The old fashion way. and cook their meat. They then put each into a ice tray and freeze. One for the pears, one for the meat…etc. Then when it time to use they take a variety of each out and put into a bowl and heat it up and mix together.

    pretty easy. you could make one day of prep.

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