I’m lovin’ me some homemade baby food! Seriously, store bought baby food is SO expensive! When we were getting ready to go to church camp a couple weeks ago, I caved and bought jarred baby food applesauce and prunes. It was basically 0.50 per serving. Yikes! That adds up really fast! I knew that I could do much better, so my journey of making baby food began.
What’s not to love?? It’s a frugal alternative and much healthier than the store bought stuff!
My slow cooker and my food processor make this job SO easy! I just throw the ingredients (fruit and water) or (vegetable and water) in the crockpot and let it cook for a few hours.
At Aldi a bag of apples costs 2.49. This amount made about 30 frozen cubes of applesauce. Ridley usually eats 2 cubes at a time, so that’s about 0.17 per serving. Not bad, huh?
I cooked the pears on the stove because I had something else in the crockpot at the time.
Ridley played happily in his high chair while I worked. He kept me entertained. Or was it the other way around? We always are cracking each other up!
I paid 1.99 for four pears which made approximately 11 servings at 0.18 per serving!
Applesauce & Pears
I put 3 avocados in the food processor with a little water and 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice. The lemon juice helps the avocados not turn brown. Ridley likes pureed avocados rather than just mashed. I think mashed avocados are too lumpy for him.
Three avocados made about 24 cubes (technically 12 servings) which makes it 0.35 per serving. I only feed Ridley one cube of avocado with another fruit to sweeten it a little for him. He likes it better that way and it stretches the avocado for me.
I paid 1.99 for the bag of sweet potatoes at Aldi. LOVE that place! Our store has great produce. From just one bag of potatoes, I got 24 servings. That’s 48 cubes! So the cost per serving is 0.08! Awesomeness!
Bananas, Prunes and Avocado
I pureed the bananas with some water…done. The prunes I cooked on the stove and then pureed them. Gotta be careful to watch for pits in the prunes. I didn’t keep up with cost on these, but believe me, it’s minimal!
After the cubes were frozen, I transferred them into labeled freezer bags. From the research that I have done, these cubes will keep in the freezer for 3 months. It is best, however, to use them within 1 month.
Such a cutie!
Making all this food has made me think about the whole “once-a-month-cooking” philosophy. I like it!
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