I need some opinions!

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So I was thinking about making money and staying at home with my girls. I have been making baby food for my youngest and it is really easy for me because I like to be in the kitchen. I love that it is healthy for her and way cheaper than buying food. Plus no plastic! I am trying to go green!
I can make sweet potatoes, pears, apples, carrots, cauliflower, bananas and more I guess but I am still learning. I make them from fresh fruits and veggies.
So I was wondering as working moms, if you would buy homemade baby food and how much you would pay. I would sell by the tray (Ice cube tray). Usually 2 cubes would do my 6mth old ( I would add a little cereal to make it thicker as she got older. Now she is up to 3 cubes. So you could potentially get 6 meals out of them. You can also mix and match.
So anyway I was just going to see what you all as working moms thought about this idea!

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Erin - posted on 08/12/2009

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I like it, but there are many, many legal concerns here and the best thing to do is find an advisor to guide you along the way. Many children have allergies and goodness knows that you can be sued for the most benign thing.
It's a lovely idea and if it is your dream then pursue or you will wonder! Get help though!

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Have you tried preserving/canning the baby food? Buy the Ball's preserving book- or go on the Ball's website (you know, the company that makes the mason jars)- if the foods are high-acid, you can preserve/can the product by boiling method- if low acid (such as meats), you would have to can them by pressure heat. Just a suggestion- unfortunately, botulism and other pathogens are always a concern when it comes to food, but if you sell to a small circle of people...maybe you don't even have to worry about it? Not sure. You might want to check with your local agencies. also, as the post above mentioned...make sure you disclose EVERYTHING that is in your foods- and make sure you tell the person getting the food from you that you are not preparing food for special diet needs.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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Well I live on a naval base and I would have to be Ok'd by the base to work from home. I would also sell from my home so they could see what my home is like. It would kind of be a word of mouth kind of thing. I am just thinking about stuff to make money and be able to be with my girls! :)

Kamelia - posted on 08/11/2009

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It's perfect to go green, prepare healthy food for your kids, but selling it is different - me, as a customer wouldn't buy home made food because I wouldn't be sure if it's prepared in a clean place etc. That's just me. Good luck with your new business :)

Deborah - posted on 08/11/2009

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I think it is a fantastic idea. You obviously need to speak with a professional who understands distribution of frozen foods. I havent seen this in either theUK or in Spain where live now but I believe it would be enthusiastically received. You could realistically charge the same or more than the mass produced jars of food. Instead of a whole tray you could package them in two cube packs and put them inside a bigger bag or pack.

I think you are onto a winner with this idea. go for it and good luck. In business my experience is not too shout to loudly about an idea until it is well on is way. Maybe you could start out within health food shops.

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