When I started making my own homemade baby food, I was surprised at how cheap and easy it was to make. The best part is, you don’t have to buy any special equipment to make your own baby food at home. I used an ordinary blender that I picked up at walmart for around $20. It’s worked perfectly for two babies, and it’s still going strong! Why buy a super-expensive baby food making machine when you probably already have everything you need at home? *This post contains affiliate links*
To make your own Baby food, all you need is:
- An Ordinary Blender
- A Steamer
- Fruits & Veggies, Fresh or Frozen
- Mason Jars 4oz Size (You can buy them at target or amazon)
Chop and Steam the fruits and veggies. Decide on the fruit or vegetable that you want to prepare and chop it in to small pieces. Since the pieces don’t all need to be the exact same size, you can quickly cut them up and throw them in the steamer. Some things, like frozen peas, obviously won’t need to be chopped. Peas were my favorite thing to make because they steamed so quickly and required no prep work!
Scoop the steamed food into the blender. I’ve found I got the best blend when I only filled the blender halfway. After you have the blender half full of soft and steamy veggies or fruits pour in some water. The water shouldn’t cover the steamed food entirely, just pour it in until it’s just under the top of the food. (see image below) Put the lid on and blend!
The food to water ratio is not an exact science. When a baby is younger, and just starting on baby food you will want to add more water to make thinner and it easier for baby to swallow down. As the baby gets older, you can use less water and leave some small chunks of food in when you blend. This way a baby gets eased into more solid foods at the pace that is perfect for him or her.
Blend the baby food until it is the desired consistency for the age of your child. For a younger baby, the food should be thin and smooth (add more water if needed) for an older baby you can make it a bit thicker and leave a few chunks of food here and there if your baby can handle them.
After the food is all blended up pour it into the small mason jars. At this point you can freeze them, store them in the fridge or serve them to baby! I would cook enough food for the week and freeze all but what I needed for the day. Every morning I could get a new jar out from the freezer and keep it in the fridge until I was ready to use it. The baby food will last in the refrigerator for a few days, so that is always an option as well!
I was amazed how easy it can be to do homemade baby food, and how much cheaper it is! I could make over a dozen jars of homemade baby food for the price of two pre-made jars from the store! And I love knowing exactly what’s going in the food, no extra preservatives or sweeteners!
Are you wondering what types of foods to try? Here are a few of our favorites to get you started, they are all made the same way, super easy!!!:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Applesauce (homemade applesauce = apples & water!)
Have you ever made your own baby food? Are you considering it now?