making baby food

Allison - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Anyone making baby food? Did you have an good resources you refer to? I don't know whether to just buy it already made or make it from scratch.

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buy anabel freezer cubes and put in pureed fruit and veg.. once its frozen take it out of the cubes and put it into labeled freezer bags.. label them with what the cubes are and the date they go off.. they usually last about 6 weeks. when you want a cube just take one out the bag.. reseal and put back in freezer... pureeing takes a couple of hours once a week and costs next to nothing for 6 weeks worth.. its alot better than buying jars as you know what your giving baby xx

Jen - posted on 01/30/2009

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I'm not planning on starting solids for a couple of months, but I plan to make it all. I have an AWESOME book about it 'Super Baby Food' it's available at Chapters for ~$20. Explicit details and instructions for making each fruit & veggie (even how to select ripe choices, how to save as much time as possible when making up batches, and storing). Tons of recipes for later too.

Erika - posted on 01/29/2009

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Tupperware sells ice cube trays with lids that are great for baby food. Each "cube" is one ounce, so it's easy to keep track of portions.

Erika - posted on 01/29/2009

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Tupperware sells ice cube trays with lids that are great for baby food. Each "cube" is one ounce, so it's easy to keep track of portions.

Lize - posted on 01/28/2009

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Store bought foods are to smooth - baby should get used to textures.  They also sometimes add suger ect. that I don't want to give to my baby.  It is so simple making your own food!  In 30 min you can have a whole weeks food prepered and in ice cube trays for freezing.  All you do is you steam the vegatables until soft, and mash/puree them.  If it is still to thick, add a bit of baby's milk.  



I also used www.wholesomebabyfood.com just for ideas on combining diffrent food.

Casey - posted on 01/28/2009

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I haven't started with solids yet but plan to make my own.  A friend got me a this book, Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner.  Great advice, recipes, how to store, ideas, etc.



I thought making would be better than buying for the cost factor, and she would be eating what we are eating on a more regular basis so when we make the transition from pureed foods to more solid food to regular meals she isn't still wanting what was in the baby food jars.



Another thing to consider if you are going to buy them is that a lot of them have added sugar and salt.  Just today we bought rice cereal to try and I wanted organic, there were two brands, Earths Best and Gerber.  The price was better on the Gerber, but then we were looking at the label and the list of ingredients was huge with lots of stuff I couldn't pronounce and added sugar and salt.  Earths Best was three ingredients, Rice, Vitamin E and Iron.  It is one of those things, you think you are doing the right thing by buying Organic thinking it is the healthiest option but there is more to it.  Good luck no matter what you decide!

Erica - posted on 01/28/2009

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I am making it, it is so much cheaper and better for baby. You can make a big batch and freeze it in a ice cube tray. I have found this website incredibly helpful http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

I use my magic bullet because it purees smaller portions.

Rebekah - posted on 01/28/2009

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Either works just as good.  We buy and make our own.  The only thing with making our own is there are so many storage issues... and you have to be careful of the types of foods you buy.  There are great resources on babycenter.com and babyfit.com

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