Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Baby Foods #1: Carrots!

I have decided with Kynlee we are not spending a fortune on baby food.  After all, she is a baby and she should not to hogging up half the food money, which she would be if we had her on formula and store bought baby food!  Thankfully, Iwe have been lucky enough to be successful at breastfeeding her thus far, which saves a ton of money and is much healthier for her.  Now I am attempting to make her baby food. 

She is 6 1/2 months old and just started on cereal about 2 weeks ago.  She is getting the hang of it quite nicely.  Next week we will be introducing carrots, so I decided to get busy!


In Wal-Mart, 1 jar of the "cheap" brand of baby food is 36cents.  This whole bag of carrots only cost $1.  I used half of the bag to make the equivalent of 10 jars of baby food.  Using simple math we can see that making your own carrot baby food only costs 5cents per jar of food (20 jars from 1 bag of carrots at $1 per bag = 5cents per jar).  You save 31cents per jar!  AND better yet... you made made it and you know what is in it!

Step one: Peel and chop up carrots into carrot sticks.

Step two: Boil carrots in pot of water until very soft and tender.  I check mine by stabbing one with a fork and if the fork goes in very easy, they are done.

Step three:  Drain carrots, saving about 2 1/2 cups of the carrot water.  Place carrots in a blender with about 1 cup of carrot water and blend.  Continue SLOWLY adding carrot water until you get your desired consistency.  I left mine a little thick.  Kynlee seems to like her oatmeal and cereals better thick so I figured I would make the carrots thick too.  You can add more water to make it thinner if you/baby like!


Step four:  Get ice cube trays and pour carrots into the wells.  Freeze until solid.  Remove "carrot cubes" from the trays and store in freezer in a zip lock bag.  What an easy way to store baby food HUH?!  When baby needs carrots, just grab out a cube or two and defrost!  BAM! Homemade carrot baby food!!!!!



  1. Awesome Sheena!! I fully intend on making my own baby food for the next one too. We just bought a food processor too, so I will have no excuse the next time around! I love the freezing idea. That is fabulous!

  2. Right there with you ladies! A friend of mine uses ice cube trays with lids on them, it's nice because you can stack them.



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