First of all, I’d like to apologize for my extraordinarily long hiatus. Over the last six months I have been very busy but I plan to post more going forth.
One of the reasons for my absence is my wife recently had our third child (thank you, thank you). Now that we have three kids saving money is more important than ever. One of the things we decided to do with this baby is make our own baby food. You’d be surprised how simple it really is. Here’s what you need:
- Various non-spicy, non-acidic fruits and veggies
- A blender (we use a Magic Bullet – it works perfectly)
- Ice trays
Literally, all you need to do is steam (don’t boil… it can remove nutrients) your fruit or veggie of choice until it is nice and soft (some foods, like bananas, don’t even need to be steamed). Immediately place it into the blender. You may need to add a tiny bit of water to the blender for some tougher foods such as carrots. Be sure to blend everything until it is creamy and free of chunks.
Once blended, pour the baby food into an ice tray which you’ll store in the freezer. One “cube” of baby food equals one serving. It’s the perfect way to keep the baby food fresh and measure portion sizes. To prepare the baby food for feeding, simply stick it in the microwave for about 20-40 seconds depending on how many cubes you’re heating up.
You can even make your own rice cereal and baby oats at home by blending up uncooked brown or white rice rice and oats. Just be sure to strain the finished product to remove any chunks.
Not only will your wallet benefit from making your own baby food, you’ll also have the comfort of knowing exactly what’s going into your baby’s food. And it really is super easy.
Now if there were only a way to make homemade formula…