It’s that time again. Little guy is getting bigger and his appetite is increasing. Time to start putting aside some baby food.
Sure, I could go to the store and pick up some food. Seems pretty cheap in a jar. Seems to be nutritionally sound…just some fruits and veggies, water, and ascorbic acid. They even carry the organic stuff so why not?
I’ve done both ways, to be honest. And, yes, it’s easy and convenient to go to the store. But it’s also easy and OH SO MUCH CHEAPER and nutritionally fresh to do it yourself at home. The easiest way…work it into what you’re already doing in the kitchen.
Making supper for the family? Throw on a pot of extra veggies for the baby.
Doing dishes at lunch? Simmer down some fruit for the baby.
Passing out bananas at breakfast? Mash down a half for the baby.
Easy as pie.
- Cook your veggies or fruit how you would normally. (They say steam is the best but I don’t have a steamer so boil, simmer or roast it is.)
- Season with just a touch of salt or cinnamon…not too much. (They say no seasoning…baby doesn’t know anyway. But you DO want him to like it right? Have you ever tasted green beans without salt? Yuck. Just no butter or fats yet.)
- Puree in a blender or food processor with just a touch of the cooking liquid. Really pureed for 6-9 months. Still a bit chunky for 9-12 months.
- Cool for about 15 minutes.
- Freeze in ice cube trays.
- Store in labeled freezer bag.
- Thaw in fridge or reheat in microwave.
- 1 16oz bag frozen green beans = $.87
- Makes 7-14 portions = .12 cents for 7 portions
- .59 per jar = $4.13 for 7 portions