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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 18:06 PM   1
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Anyone else planning to make homemade baby food?

Hey all? Is anyone else going to be making baby food at home? I want to feed my baby the least amount of preservatives and most natural food as possible. Homemade food will carry most health benefits. Not to mention, I think it will be much cheaper to process fresh veggies and fruit at home.
Anyone going to do this or have done it in the past?
I am looking for some pointers on this! Thanks!

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 18:12 PM   2
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I am planning on it, at least as much as possible.

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 19:21 PM   3
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I did this, it's really easy! I used a Baby Bullet, but you can mash it by hand. Really thin consistencies at first by adding a little water used to cook the veg or fruit, then thicker as they get better at eating. You can make it in batches, then put extra in an ice cube tray to freeze it, then I stored it in a sealed bag in the freezer. In about 30 mins you can have food for the week! I never bought any jarred baby food.

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 19:24 PM   4
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Some things freeze better than other though, like zucchini would get a little watery upon thawing.

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 19:31 PM   5
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I tried with my dd but she was a difficult eater and preferred jared food so I ended up having to always throw out what I had made. I am hoping to stick with it this time and hopefully have a better eater.

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 19:49 PM   6
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I did with our daughter and I ended up disliking it. Preparing and storing wasn't hard, but lugging around the jars of baby food while out, having to find a place to warm them, and needing to keep them cold just got to be too much.

We eat a lot of what would be considered "first foods" anyways. Carrots, squash, avocado, etc, so we ended up feeding her tiny, mashed bites from our plates.

I am going with baby led weaning with #2 and skipping traditional baby food altogether.

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 19:53 PM   7
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i am comboing it... some foods in jars are great... apple pure and banana and those are still fine in jars... but after i cook a serve of carrots and potatoes and other veggies for dinner why not cook a bit extra and put it through the food processor (i have a hand held one and also a big one ... big one too big and messy to clean... little on ok but im gonna buy a baby bullet i rekon coz i like the containers too )

its all trial and error...

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 21:15 PM   8
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I made all of DD's food myself once she started solids, and I plan on doing the same with #2. It's actually really easy to make, all you need to do is peel (if it has skin) chop, boil in hot water, and then blend until velvety smooth, and majority of the time you end up with multiple servings. I think one apple would last about 2 servings, and they are much cheaper than jarred foods, and it's so comforting knowing exactly what is going in it. I have a baby food book that was my best friend while making DD's food. It had so many great ideas on what foods I can combine with what

One time I had cooked down an entire butternut squash for DD, had so much extra food that I could freeze it, and bust it out later on when I needed it! So great!

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 21:19 PM   9
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I do plan on doing that with our second child. I didn't with DD because she was on a feeding tube and that was just too complicated and already stressful...

A friend of mine does the Baby bullet and just does it every Saturday, or every other Saturday. She makes large batches of all kinds of foods for her baby and stores it. The only reason why I am considering this for our next child is because we are adamant about organic foods. I don't mind buying organic jarred foods, but if it is cheaper to make at home then i will try to do that as well. I hear freezing them in ice cube trays is really convenient.

If you want to go all the way, you could use a canner and can them yourself. I think this is too much work, especially with a new child in the house, but some moms don't mind finding the time to can their own homemade baby food.

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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 21:29 PM   10
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I made 90% of Isaacs food. I would say a food processor and baby food freezer storage trays are a necessity. It really is quite quick and easy to make and I loved knowing exactly what was in it. I found a brand of pouch food for when we were out that was all natural and organic so I would feed him those when we were out.

I will do the same with this baby

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