Baby food can get pretty expensive after a while, and while the prepackaged foods are a great way to start off your baby on solids, natural is always better. When we started feeding A.J. solids we bought the Gerber prepackaged stuff until he’d tried everything and we were sure he had no allergies. At his seven month check up, I asked his doctor if we could start feeding him homemade baby food. Always consult with your pediatrician before you give your baby homemade food. Chances are they’ll say it’s okay, but it’s always good to check first.
Making your own baby food will not only be better for your child, but it’ll also save you some money! And it’s easy as pie! Here are the veggies I put into A.J.’s homemade baby food.
1 Baked Potato
1 Sweet Potato
1 Bag of Baby Carrots
1 Bag of Green Beans
The first thing you want to do is peel and cut both potatoes. I usually cut slices and then cut the slice in half. You’ll need a big pot to put them in. Then slice up the squash. The slices don’t have to be any particular size, but you don’t want them to be too big because you’re going to blend everything after it’s done cooking.
The baby carrots can go in as is and for the green beans, you’ll want to cut the ends off and break them in half. Put everything into the pot and fill it with water until the veggies are submerged. You don’t have to use a whole lot of water for this, just enough to cover the vegetables.
Boil on Medium high, stirring occasionally until the veggies are tender. You should be able to cut them without much effort with your stirring spoon. Once they’re done, let them cool for a little while. The whole process should take about an hour or so, depending on how big the potato pieces are.
After the pot is cool, get out your blender and pour a little bit of the water in and then add veggies. You want the consistency to be a little thick, so make sure to use more vegetables than water. I usually do two scoops of water and two big scoops of veggies. Pour it into a Tupperware for storage or you can even use an ice tray to make portions easier! Continue until all the veggies are blended. You may have more water than veggies left in the pot. That’s okay. Just drain the water and use the last of the veggies. Also, make sure that all the veggies have been blended completely, be sure that there are no chunks of anything.
From start to finish, this takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and it makes a ton! I made some for my son just last night and we filled up four containers! Three of those went into the freezer for later use and the other is in the refrigerator for the next couple of weeks.
Paying a couple of bucks for these vegetables is so much cheaper than buying the prepackaged baby food and it’s better for your sweet baby because it’s natural. If you bought as many packed foods as this recipe makes, you would likely spend over thirty dollars, maybe more!