Baby Food: Homemade or Store Shelf?
Letís face it, we are in a recession. Money is getting tighter and we can feel it. However, with your new little addition to the family, there is at least one way of cutting the corners without hurting the budget: making your own baby food. This may sound like a monumental task, but really in the end the pros punch the living daylight out of the cons. Your baby will be getting fresher vegetables, you will not be spending as much, and you will know exactly what is in your babyís food.
Making your own baby food may sound like something only the elite health nuts do, but in reality it is almost ridiculously easy. All you need to do is pick a vegetable or combination of vegetables (this also applies to fruits), cook them, and puree them with a little water. After this you can freeze them in individual snack cups (available at any grocery in the Tupperware aisle) and they will keep for up to three months. A butternut squash, for example, is capable of 10 servings for a single squash. The math equation for saved money is simple.
1 Large Butternut Squash: $1.50* (average price)
10 Servings = $1.50
One 30-day Month (at two jars a day): $4.50
1 Jar of Baby Food: $1.25* (average price)
10 Servings = $12.50
One 30-day Month (at two jars a day): $ 37.50
Obviously this bars the amazing sale you find on baby food one day, but even if each jar was only 99 cents, it would still cost more than making it yourself.
A common concern is the amount of time it takes to make this baby food. When you donít even have time to shave your legs in the morning, it is a very legitimate question. However, even with limited time, it is possible to boil or bake them while you attend to other matters, providing you do not forget they are there. A quick perusal of the internet will get you boil and baking times as well as a huge variety of baby food at home recipes. Honestly, once you decide to put in a little legwork, youíll find that the whole process is not as hard as it seems.
Lastly, making your own fresh baby food is healthier. You donít have to worry about preservatives because your product is fresh and freezing (for up to 3 months) does not require any preservatives. Also, think on this, that jar of baby food did indeed used to be a vegetable, but the time between its picking and jarring and you buying is measured in weeks. Are you comfortable feeding your child with food cooked possibly more than a month before? Would you eat it? It is not dangerous, but it gives food for thought. However, if you were to make your own baby food, not only would you know the origin date of your food, but what all was inside. Making your own baby food is not merely a good idea, itís a great idea, a great idea that, if it caught on, could lead to a healthier generation.