Good Cents For Moms- Saving With Baby Part II

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by on February 5, 2009

I’m continuing this series (view the first part here) discussing how I have been saving money making my own baby food. I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but really it isn’t as long as you plan.

The nice part about making your own food is that you save money and you know exactly what your baby is eating. I started making my own baby food a few months ago and truly enjoyed the experience.
The basic item you need is a food processor, which you probably already have in your kitchen. I actually picked up a knock off of the Magic Bullet, similar to the one sold at Amazon:

It works great since it purees the food perfectly, keeps it in an individual container, and is dishwasher safe. The one at Amazon is much cheaper than the Magic bullet, too, but if you need the name brand one, it is sold there, too.

The other item that I use is a rice cooker/food steamer. You can boil, steam, or bake many fruits, veggies, and meats, however, I love the food steamer because it steams fast. If you have one of these, great, but if not, you really don’t need to go buy a new appliance. I actually got mine FREE through CVS with my ECBs.

Important note: Before cooking (boiling, baking, steaming, etc) you want to make sure that you peal the fruit or veggies and remove all seeds or stems.

The reason I never tried making my own baby food with my first son was because I thought it was too time consuming. In reality, I have found that it doesn’t take much more time that fixing our family meals, as long as I plan. Of course, I am a SAHM now, but many moms make food ahead of time, put it in ice cube trays (for individual servings), and freeze it for future use. Honestly, I do this with many meals for the family now (our freezer is packed!) but that is another topic. :)

If you are interested in making your own baby food, or just want more information, go here for some great info. Even if you don’t make ALL of your baby food, you can save money by making some of it: bananas and avocados are easy first foods that don’t need a lot of prep work.

So, have any of you made your own baby food? Do you have any suggestions or questions? I’d be happy to hear them!

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  • Quiana

    This is a great idea! Unfortunately, I didn’t catch on until my third child.

  • The Sensible Momma

    I wish I had known how easy it was with my first, but it is a learning process! Hopefully this post can help other moms out there learn earlier :) Thanks!

  • Felicia

    What an excellent post!!! THis is something near and dear to my heart!

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