I LOVE cooking, so when I got pregnant, I always knew I would make my own baby food. What I didn’t realize is how much money I would save by doing it! Yes, it take a little bit of time, but it so worth it in the end, Luc is starting to LOVE the different mixtures I create, AND I know exactly what is in the foods he is eating every day.
Before I get in to the good stuff…here is a little price comparison that I pulled based on the recipe I am about to share. A couple of store-bought foods vs. my homemade feast. It is about a third of the cost and more than double the amount of food when you make it at home, plus it’s super easy!
First you will need a blender, bullet, or food processor – I got the Baby Bullet at a gift when I was pregnant, so I usually use that (hey, it’s cute), but I also have a food processor and NutriBullet.
I ALWAYS wash my produce with Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wash, either before using or right when I get home from the market. Eat Cleaner helps remove 99.9% of surface pesticides and waxes, 98% of bacteria AND extends the shelf life of your produce by over 200% longer.
For this recipe, I used one small butternut squash that I picked up from the local market, it cost me just $1.16 for the entire squash, and one medium size Fuji Apple, that cost about $0.34. These two pieces of fruit made about 14.5 ounces of baby food.
Simply start by peeling and chopping fruits and veggies into chunks and put in a medium saucepan for steaming.
Steam for about 5 minutes with just 1 ounce of water, until you can easily stick a fork into the fruit/veggies. Once they are steamed to the desired softness, put into your blender or bullet of choice and blend until smooth.* You can also add just a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to this combination of flavors.
*I usually keep about 1 ounce of water on hand if the pureed mixture is too thick and I need to thin it out a little.
Store in freezer safe containers and keep 1-2 available for eating instantly. I use the OXO Tots Freezer Tray and purchase a pack of two on Amazon. Each tray has 14 spots for 3/4 ounce of food. I also filled two – 2 ounce baby bullet cups for the fridge to feed to Luc right away.
When I freeze the fill OXO Tot Trays, I will usually empty out the cubed food into a freezer safe zip lock back to keep the freshness, but be able to use the trays away. This allows me to keep a variety of different food flavors on hand when I want to mix it up for Luc.
Some varieties of baby food that I have made for Luc include:
- Apple & Butternut Squash – his favorite 🙂
- Spinach & Pear
- Mango & Avocado
- Carrots & Sweet Potatoes
- Carrots & Green Peas
- Chicken & Butternut Squash
- Yams & Broccoli
It’s THAT easy! I encourage you to make your own baby food next time you need to restock for your little one and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!!!
Have fun and get creative with the combinations of flavors that your babies will learn to LOVE!