When our pediatrician said we could start giving Addison solid food, I was ecstatic because all I saw was the end of pumping! My excitement lasted right up until she gave me the informative baby food pamphlet and saw that the restricted/suggested food list was gonna take some work to follow. My excitement returned when I went shopping for baby food and saw the great assortment of creative and wacky flavors available (apple peach oatmeal; spinach lentil brown rice; pumpkin and spinach). At the register my excitement went away when I calculated the cost per ounce, and further inspection didn’t reveal any hidden gold or diamonds in the jar. After feeding her a couple jars (and tasting for myself), I wasn’t impressed with the ingredients or sources for the common, supermarket baby food; they all seemed bland and processed.
With that low level of excitement, and some spare time, I busted out the baby Breeza we got for a Christmas gift. The helpful pamphlet made setup easy, and the basic baby food recipes made for a good starting point to start creating homemade baby food. The BB is great, it is like a food processor that steams as well as purées all in the same container.
In the summer our garden produced almost all of the raw ingredients for baby food, but now that the garden isn’t producing, we rely on organic produce to keep the baby fed. After some trial and error (and a few messes), I am now freezing the semi-liquid baby food in ice cube trays, then transferring to freezer bags when it is frozen. This allows for easy measuring (that is if you measure in cubes), easy transport (mason jars work well), and quick defrost in the microwave.
On any given day Addison gets sweet potatoes (her favorite), yams, rice, quinoa, ground turkey, fresh chukar, apples, beets, chard, and kale. She really enjoys my concoctions, and I know exactly what she is eating, which makes me feel good. Exact comparisons are not very easy, but cost wise the homemade baby food pencils out a little bit cheaper than store bought.
Hopefully she will get a taste for these healthy ingredients and be on her way to a lifetime of healthy eating.