Having a baby is one of the best experiences that many will ever have. There is nothing like holding your newborn baby and everything seeming right in the world. Having a baby is also one of the largest expenses to happen to a family. One expense that does not have to cost so much is baby food.
When babies are just starting solids, many parents run out to the nearest grocery store or Walmart stock up on those little jars of baby food. While convenient, the little jars on average run about a dollar per jar. With a baby eating three jars a day, a parent is looking at spending upwards of $ 100 a month!
A much cheaper and tastier alternative is to make your own baby food. For just $ 10 a week and an hour of your time, you can make baby food for the week with extras to freeze. At $ 10 a week or $ 40 a month you are cutting your food costs in half! You do not need any fancy equipment or baby food makers, all you need is a blender or food processor, containers for the food, and a couple of pots and pans. You could even get by without the pots and pans and just use the microwave if need be.
A simple starter recipe that has been tasted and baby approved are sweet potatoes with apples and cinnamon. To make this recipe you will need:
2 Large Sweet Potatoes (peeled)
2 Medium Apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
Cinnamon to taste
Poke sweet potato with fork all over. Place sweet potatoes on plate covered with a paper towel and microwave for 5-6 minutes. Check periodically for softness. If after 6 minutes the sweet potato does not give when pressed with fork place back in microwave at 1 minute intervals. You should be able to mash the sweet potatoes with fork.
While sweet potatoes are in the microwave, fill a pot of water and bring to boil. Once water is boiling reduce heat to simmer and put the apple in. The apple should take about 15 minutes to soften. You can also use the microwave here just place apples in bowl with about an inch of water and microwave for 1-3 minutes depending on how many apples you are using.
Once apples and sweet potatoes are softened. Place both in a blender / food processor with cinnamon to taste and blend until pureed.
It is as simple as that. Once pureed you may put them in individual containers for the week or just leave it in one container and use as needed. If you have excess to freeze ice cube tray works really well as portion sizes. Once the food is frozen place food cubes in freezer safe bag and store in freezer. I like to take the food out the day before I will be using them and defrost in the refrigerator.
Making baby food is not only simple and inexpensive, but it is also a nutritious choice since you know exactly what is going into your baby's food. Hopefully by seeing how simple making baby food really is, some of you will give it a try. It can become fun trying out new combinations and seeing the reaction on your baby's face when they love the food you have made for them.