Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Homemade Baby Food--Sweet Potatoes

                                    



With my first baby I hadn't yet learned all these fun, frugal ways.  I used disposable diapers & purchased commercial baby food jars.  Not that there's anything wrong with doing those things, but I've since discovered how much money can be saved by doing a few things the old-fashioned way.  With my second daughter (now 4 months old), I've been cloth diapering and I had been toying with the idea of making my own homemade baby food.  My friend, Kristina, gave me some great advice, a book, & some supplies to get started.  So I really had no excuse not to try it!

The book, Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron, recommends starting your baby on sweet potatoes, avocado, or banana.  Since I've always heard it's better to start with veggies rather than fruit, I made sweet potatoes.  I went ahead and bought the avocados too, and after 4 days of eating the sweet potatoes with no reaction, I'll try the avocado.

Here's how I made the homemade baby food sweet potatoes--

What You'll Need:

  • Sweet Potatoes-- I used 5, it really just depends on how much you're wanting to make and freeze
  • Ice Cube Trays--I used 3
  • A Blender or Food Processer
  • Freezer Storage Bags
  • Water

Directions:

Fill pot with enough water to cover unpeeled sweet potatoes.  Boil until tender, about 20-30 minutes. 
When tender, remove from boiling water and place in a bowl of cold water.  The peeling will separate from the potato in the cool water. 

                                               


Peel off all of the peeling and place potatoes in the blender.  Puree' and add water until you reach the desired consistency.  For early stages, it needs to be very runny.  Remember you can always add water later when you thaw it out too. 

                                                




Once you have the right consistency for your baby, spoon the sweet potatoes into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. 

                                               





The next day simply pop the baby food out of the ice cube trays into a freezer storage bag.  Make sure to label what food it is and the date that you made it. 


   




When you are ready to feed your baby simply take a cube out to thaw.  One cube equals one ounce, or one serving.  If you need to make it thinner you can always add water!

                                                       



It's that simple!!  I was actually amazed by how easy it really was.  It didn't even take me 20 minutes (with the exception of the time the sweet potatoes had to cook)!  I will definitely be continuing this adventure and can't wait to try more foods as I go.


Here's an example of how much money it can save: 

The average price of two servings of baby food at my local store is $1.18.  I made 48 servings!  I spent $1.81 on my 5 sweet potatoes, and had everything else on hand.  That means I saved over $24 by making my own sweet potatoes!!  That excites me! : )

If you've made any of your own baby food, or have any other creative homemade ideas, I would LOVE to hear them




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3 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks for the great step-by-step pictures too. Please post again after your next feeding adventure. :) We're going to start solids in a few weeks, and as a first time mom, I love to read posts like this. Thank you!

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  2. I will be starting my daughter on solids in a few weeks, also. I have been debating on making my own baby food this time around. You are a great inspiration!
    I have a friend who told me that she would mash-up or blend-up and freeze leftovers from supper for her son. (Things like veggies, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, etc...) I really need to start doing this!

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  3. Thanks for your sweet comments, ladies! I will definitely keep posting my experiences as we learn how to make different flavors. : )

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