Save Money and Go Green with Homemade Baby Food

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If you are a green and health-conscious mom, chances are you’d want your baby to get the healthiest foods, while helping the planet too. The easiest way to do that is to make your own baby food when weaning your baby from milk to semi-solids and solids. While it may seem convenient to reach out for that jar of baby food when you are at the grocery store, think about: the impact on the environment, the fact that you really don’t know what’s in that jar, and the dent it may cast in the family budget.

On the other hand, making your own baby food at home is an easy and effortless way to save money, go green, and best of all, give your baby wholesome goodness.

Saving Money with Baby Food

There is no denying the fact that making your own baby food is definitely cheaper. According to the authors of The Everything Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book, “For the price of a large, single sweet potato (which might make 4-8 jars worth), you could purchase only one or two jars of the store-made version.”

How is Homemade Baby Food Eco-friendly?

While the strongest argument for homemade baby food is that it’s good for your baby’s health and nutrition, it cannot be denied that making food at home is definitely green and eco-friendly too.

  • You’re re-using containers instead of buying new jars every time.
  • Buying local and fresh produce to feed your baby eliminates costs that may have gone into transporting the jars of baby food to your store; and it supports your local markets.

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Save Money and Go Green with Homemade Baby Food

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25 comments

  1. Shannon says:

    Some fruits and vegetables need to be steamed or otherwise cooked before they are pureed. How do I know which I can leave raw and which I need to cook?

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Shannon – Whether you cook the fruits/veges and puree them before hand is really about the texture of the food. If your baby is at the age for only soft foods then many fruits/veges are fine without being cooked and pureed – bananas, avocados – really anything that you can mash up and spoon feed. If you can’t mash it up and spoon feed it raw, then you’ll want to give it a quick steam and put it in the blender/food processor. Try not to steam for too long – you still want green veges to remain bright green so they retain their nutrients – before pureeing. You can also roast beets and sweet potatoes and things and puree those. Have fun, and we hope baby enjoys!

  2. LIZ says:

    I do my babys food because i dont trust so much in the jar food, i don now how long those are in the shelves

  3. cari says:

    i just received the Baby Bullet for Christmas, has anyone used one…….it looks like a great tool. I am also wondering how safe it is to can baby food like with a pressure cooker??? Maybe all the food needs to be freshly made and not canned?

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Cari – I’m not sure on the canning side of things, but you can definitely freeze baby’s food in an ice cube tray and reheat. The portions are usually about right that way too! We hope baby enjoys!

  4. Charavon says:

    I love making my baby’s food. It is so cheap and easy.

  5. ready to try homemade (puree) baby food w/ my LO

  6. toya says:

    This helps out a lot I made my other three food that I had cooked, it’s the same thing as the jar and way more cheaper and taste way better then the jar.

  7. Yannette says:

    this sound good i going to try to see how i do

  8. Miriam says:

    I love this method. It is hardly time consuming and I can prepare several meals for her in just 20 minutes or so. I encourage other mothers to do this as well!

  9. Ambar H. says:

    i like the fact that I can give my daughter better food and at least i know what goes in it.my only concern is what if it doesn’t taste good?

  10. EbyMom says:

    Wow am yet to start solids so this is going to be helpful. Thanks a lot.

  11. dallana says:

    My duaghter loves home made food better then gerber . She loves gerber but jus the fruit ones

  12. Good article. Informative. I plan to make my baby food as well.

  13. Andreana says:

    Some great tips in this article! Thanks!

  14. Brittney says:

    I’m thinking about purchasing a Baby Bullet and making my son’s baby food at home. But my question is for people who make food at home. Do you put the whole fruit or veggie in there. Like a apple do you put the whole apple in there or cut it off the core first? Or like for a sweet potato do you take off the skin?

  15. I think that this is a wonderful idea for your child. I suggest and use/own a Baby Bullet. It is sold at Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath & Beyond. My boy loves the food I make and this system comes with everything you will need. It even comes with two detailed books to help guide you through this food process. I rest assured that I am doing the best thing for my child by giving him the most healthy option out there. Also this saves tons of money by only incurring the produce cost which you can always shop local farmers markets to get the most bang for your buck.

  16. Ruth says:

    As long as you wash your blender/food processor in between it shouldn’t matter if you use it for your food as well.

  17. Christine says:

    I was looking into this, I wondered which would be better health and price wise for my son. He starts in one month, and I would really like to make him his own baby food instead of buying it. I want to get him his own blender/food processor though, because we use ours a lot and I don’t want to mix!!! Is that a smart idea?

  18. skaulitz says:

    I did this a little bit with my daughter and have now starting doing it a lot more with my son. He loves it! It saves so much money. I have stocked up by cooking a bunch of fruits/veggies and freezing them in ice cube trays. Then I just pull out a few cubes as I need them.

  19. MWolff says:

    I love to make my daughter her food and she loves it. It’s so easy to do and you can make extra and freeze for later use.

  20. Malorie says:

    I do this! and it terrified me at first but now I love it. Now that my daughter is about 11 months old she eats what we do for dinner, its so easy. I also make modified version (less spicy) versions of meals to send with her to daycare. I know exactly what is going in her mouth and we save a ton on not buying baby food. All you have to do is start! 🙂

  21. mida says:

    thats very good i need to learn how to make homemade baby food

  22. netta_marie says:

    I looked into making my own baby food while I was pregnant and thought once we get to that stage, I’ll try it. Well, we are there and I love it!! Its fast and easy. I keep extras frozen and labeled in the freezer. We pull out a weeks worth of food once a week and put in the refrigerator to thaw. Plus I can create custom combos that my son loves instead of just tolerates. It helps introduce him to a wider range of flavors.

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