Homemade Baby Food: A Better Choice Than Store-Bought

When baby is ready to eat, it's so convenient to pull a jar of baby food out of the cabinet, pop the top, and go. But is store-bought baby food best for you or your baby? Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider making your own baby food.

More Economical

Making your own baby food can save you a lot of money. Here is one example of its money-saving potential.

4 oz. jar of carrots: $0.50 (12.5 cents per ounce)

32 oz bag of carrots: $2.00 (6.25 cents per ounce)

It may not seem like much at first, but over time, that money saved will really add up.

You Choose the Ingredients

When you make it yourself, there are no added preservatives, salt, or sugar. You control what goes into the food, therefore controlling what goes into your baby.

Guaranteed Freshness

Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing how fresh the fruits and vegetables were that went into that jar of baby food. But if you make it yourself, you can pick the freshest produce to go into the food.

Easy to Do

Following these simple steps, you will have a good stock of baby food in your freezer in no time.

  • Choose the fruits and vegetables you are going to use.
  • Steam, boil, bake, or microwave the fruits and vegetables.
  • Use a food processor or blender to puree the produce.
  • Pour the pureed food into ice cube trays and freeze until ready to use!