Since having my second daughter I have had two big goals in mind:
1. Breast feed for at least 6 months and,
2. Make my own baby food.
I am proud to say that Little V will be 6 months next week and breast feeding is still going strong! I only made it 6 weeks with my oldest daughter, so I feel so proud and accomplished that we’ve come this far.
I wanted to make my own baby food for many reasons. One huge reason- and I am not going to lie- was to save $$$. Having children can be very expensive and I knew if I could save money by making her food, that would be a huge help.
Today, I made baby food from carrots and it was soooo easy! And- here’s the kicker- it only cost me $1.50 to make 9 servings! It would be almost that much at the store buying only 2 servings of the Gerber Brand.
Major savings. I like it!
So, how did I do it? Super simple— I took a bag and a half of fresh carrots that I purchased from Aldi for 99 cents a bag and boiled them!
I didn’t realize it took so long for carrots to get super soft, so just keep that in mind when you’ve got them on the stove.
Once they’re done boiling, just scoop them out of the pan and into a blender to puree them. If they are a little dry when blending them, try to add some of the water that’s left in the pan. That way you’re putting back some of the nutrients that were lost in the boiling process.
I asked a friend to save her leftover Gerber containers for me so I could store my food. I also found a few glass containers at a garage sale for a buck that seal really nicely.
I’ve also heard you can pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze them and stick them into Ziploc baggies when they’re completely frozen. Our freezer has an ice maker so I don’t have any ice cube trays right now, but I will definitely be getting those in the near future so I can cook and freeze the veggies ahead of time.
So, this is what I ended up with after boiling the 1.5 bags of carrots. A LOT OF FOOD! Not pictured is one of the containers because I had to let my little taste-tester give them a try to see what she thought.
I’ve also made pea puree from frozen peas, which were also super simple to whip up.
I tried baking Zucchini and Squash in the oven and those did not turn out the way I wanted, so I think I’ll hold off on making those for a while.
When I bough the carrots, I also bought a few avocados and bananas and pureed those in a blender and served them right away. I don’t recommend freezing or pureeing and then storing those since they turn brown really quickly. It’s best if you serve them fresh!
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my attempt at making baby food. What foods do you enjoy making and giving to your little one?