I went to Safeway and just drove my cart down every aisle tossing in all they had in Organic foods. There was really no list or plan because I wasn’t sure what I would find in season or really what to buy at all. I didn’t want to set my sights too narrow either. The whole idea is to broaden your baby’s tastes so why not just get everything? I’ll utilize my spice rack (which has been long awaiting a good use) to add flavors. I am not much of a “stick to the recipe” person anyway, I love to add my own twists to every recipe.
Here is what I came home with:
I bought just over $70 worth of groceries that I then had to turn into at least that much baby food. I did use a few other things that I already had:
- Water- just from the tap that I ran through my Brita filter
- Hummus- I already had it
- Spice Rack- Really, how many of us use this enough?
- Ice Cube Trays- I bought these at Target. I originally only bought 4 trays and then sent my husband back for more!
Once I got home I put everything out on the counter, took a picture of my haul and then put it all away. I then cleaned and put some veggies in my trusty double decker steamer and started some rice in the rice cooker. Once all that was going I jumped on Pinterest to find some recipes to start with. I did a basic search and really only came up with the common result of “you really can’t go wrong so long as they can’t choke…” Alright, so off I went to be a mad scientist in the kitchen! You can search through some of my findings here on my Parenting Preparation Board
I was actually surprised at how well some turned out and how others just smelled awful….like the spinach… it smelled like fish food.
Here is our adventure
The stage is set- Cash (my son) is in his high chair in the kitchen, mom has her Ninja mixer all revved up. I started with the simple purees, and the groceries that were fresh so I could get them done first before they spoiled.
Cash cried at the first blender run because the noise made him jump. How we solved this was just me making a lot of noise and prepping for it then making the noise fun. He was fine from the second blender on.
We’re off and rolling strong early. The 4 trays from yesterday were finally frozen. I dug the cubes out and sorted them into gallon freezer bags. Yesterday I was able to finish all the prep work for the vegetables. I ran everything through the steamer and got it all nice and soft for today. I just put it all in glassware storage over night in the fridge. So today I have a buffet of ready to toss in ingredients. Put, more trays to fill!
Day 2 and 3 were very, very productive in that I started earlier so I was able to get 2 rounds of 8 trays in and out of the freezer. I was then able to put a third round in before we went to bed. I also started putting the trays in the deep freeze in the garage instead of the house freeze because it is colder and freezes them faster. The other thing I did on day one while waiting on the freezer was to look up alternate baby food storage strategies other than the cube/tray method. I ran across these on a fellow blogger’s post: Yummi Pouches. They are refillable, reusable bags that can freeze! Holy cow! That is right up my alley! So I bought 12 and they were here by Day 4! I also used their website to glean a few recipes I liked and what to fill the pouches with.
Now for the real breakdown… was this all worth it?
Each tray gave me 16 half ounce cubes, so each tray gave mean 8 oz of baby food total for the chart. I’m going to do my comparison among Target’s baby food selection, all organic:
So for a store bought brand of organic baby food you’re going to pay about $0.31 per ounce on average.
Ready for the big reveal?….
So at $0.18 per ounce, I would say that this adventure was an astronomical SUCCESS! I am so happy with the results. It was fun to do, it was a bonding adventure with my son, I will not have the waste produced by store bought packaging materials. I know all the ingredients in his food. I got to use my spice rack and unleash some creativity in the kitchen. Plus, I still have a few ingredients left that were not all used up, so really my cost is even lower.
I still have the:
The Wild Brown Rice- I only used half the bag
What I will do differently next time:
- Do not buy so much at once
- Not buy any spinach that is frozen (smelled and tasted like fish food)
- No unfiltered apple juice
- Start with more trays!
I hope you have found this inspiring enough to start your own adventure in baby food! Good Luck!
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