Homemade Baby Food

Homemade baby food is healthy for your baby, easy to make and saves money! About a month before Paxton was started on solids, I started cooking, pureeing and freezing apples, pears, carrots and green beans to stock up.

I simply boiled the carrots and green beans then strained and pureed. With the apples and pears, I made apple sauce and pear sauce and pureed.

Once the food is pureed, I spooned it in ice cube trays and popped into the freezer and froze until solid.

When the baby food is frozen, I popped it out and put it in a freezer bag.

I pulled out cubes of food to defrost in the fridge the night before. {My small Pyrex containers are perfect for storing baby food!}

I wake up to defrosted homemade baby food ready for Paxton to eat! {It’s hard to believe but we’re past the pureed baby food stage and moving on to table foods! We have half a freezer bag of apple sauce left from my second round of making applesauce this fall. The rest of the foods are long gone!}

When he first started on solids, he’d eat 1-2 cubes, as he got older he ate 3-4. Now he can wipe out 4-6 cubes of apple sauce!

Having the applesauce, pear sauce, green beans and carrots in the freezer saved so much time! I only had to defrost these foods and they were the staples of his diet. I made other foods like sweet potatoes and peas that I fed him fresh.

Making your own baby food is so simple and with a little planning it can be easy and convenient – without paying the price for convenience!

19 Replies to “Homemade Baby Food”

  1. I wish I would have done this when my kids were babies! I HATED buying all those small jars of baby food! If I get blessed with any more babies, I plan to make my own food :0)

  2. Don't you just love homemade baby food? It's so easy, I can't imagine why people think they have to buy it at the store all the time!
    And funny- I use those exact Pyrex containers for ours, too. Was just thinking the other day that they are the perfect baby bowls. 🙂

    1. The Pyrex containers are perfect! I use the 2 cup and 1 cup size…the 1 cup is perfect for feeding on the go!! I can't imagine paying for baby food either, it is so easy to make!

  3. I did the same thing when my son was that age! It was so easy and convenient!!! I would do everything in big batches and take a whole afternoon to steam, puree and freeze all kinds of fruits and vegetables. One time I figured out what it was costing me per "serving" compared to buying jars or containers from the store. It was a little less than half the price! And that was a batch where I included some "exotic" fruits like mango & papaya, so I'm sure just doing my staples alone worked out to be even less. It kills me when I hear people say "but jarred babyfood is so inexpensive"… because they are really paying double the price or more compared to making it themselves!! 🙂

    1. I haven't figured out how much it costs to make it but I know it's much cheaper! And jarred baby food is not inexpensive at all! I cannot imagine paying those prices! Of course I suppose things like that are why people think babies are expensive…they can be very expensive if they are 100% formula fed, disposable diapered and jarred baby food fed!

  4. I wish I would have started making Dallas' baby food BEFORE I started her on solids! It has been a little hard to catch up with her, but making your own is SO worth it. Just curious, but what type of table foods did you start Paxton on?

    1. We've been feeding him bites of homemade whole wheat bread/tortillas, whatever vegetables we have for dinner (we don't add any salt when we're cooking…we just add it on our plates so he doesn't get the salt), we've given him small bites of meat and last night he had lettuce from our salad! We've learned he'll eat just about anything off of our forks…I suppose he just thinks whatever mama and daddy eat is yummy!

    1. It's so simple! When he was about 4 months old I started buying carrots/green beans and making a batch here and there to stash in the freezer. {We were given the pears and apples that we cooked and froze.} Buying the veggies a little at a time made the extra cost completely unnoticeable!

  5. No need to even cook the pears and apples. Just put them in the blender and go to town, unless of course you have already made it into sauce for yourself. Then just dump and serve. This is also a great way to sneak in greens. In the pear, apple fruit etc I would always put a bit of spinach and just blend it up. My kids will still eat/drink a smoothie that I made with a bit of spinach in it. We just call it a Shrek Smoothie. Even if Paxton has moved on to solids make him a "pudding" of mango and banana. My kids loved it. Or if budget allows it, put in a 1/2 of avocado and some frozen berries/mangos etc and blend you might need to add a bit of water.. My kids also still eat this and my oldest are 9 yrs.
    None of my kids ate jarred baby food. My SIL bought a jar or two for them to try and one bite and they spit it out and would not eat it.

    1. I've never thought about just putting the pears/apples in the blender! That has to be more nutritious than cooking too! I love your smoothie ideas!

  6. The screw on cap to your blender fits atop a small mouth canning jar. All you have to do is take the food that you are eating (green beans, carrots, potatoes, etc.) and put it in the canning jar with a little breast milk, put the blender blade on the jar, turn the jar over, and blend. It comes out the perfect temperature and consistency and any leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen by placing a canning jar lid on top. If you are not eating something the baby is ready for, it only takes a few minutes to steam vegetables. As the child progresses, add more variety to the blend! This way the baby gets to experience eating what you are eating, and it saves a lot more time and energy than precooking and freezing and the canning jars are easier to wash than a blending jar.

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