We are making our own baby food!
After we made our first batch of sweet potatoes we started purchasing some “certified organic” baby foods at the store. I thought it would be easier and faster to just buy a few jars of different things to see if he liked them or not. Store-bought was easier, but I really want to make the majority of my child’s food. After all, he will be eating from my kitchen as he grows up!
We decided to start with something simple and EASY to puree —> Zucchini!
Since summer squashes are # 26 on the EWG’s pesticide residue list, I purchased 3 medium organic zucchinis that were grown in the USA. It’s right in the middle on level of pesticides so I figure it was best to go with organic.
Making the puree was SO EASY!!!! No extra liquids needed.
- In a large pot put in a steamer basket and about an inch of water brought to boil
- Wash then slice the zucchini into 1 inch rounds.
- Steam the zucchini in the pot with a lid for 5-7 minutes. They should be tender when pierced with a fork.
- Allow to cool and put them into your blender and puree! No need to peel.
Total time from prep to ice cube trays was about 20 minutes.
Check it out we have 39 ounces of zucchini puree. I calculated the cost to be $0.13 per ounce! That’s for organic, USA, zucchini purchased in February! Much less than paying $0.23- 0.30 per ounce at the store (actual price depends on brand & sales).
It made WAY more puree than I expected! My 7 month old might eat 3 oz of puree per day, at that rate I have nearly two weeks worth of zucchini.
It’s a good thing that once it has been frozen it will be good for three months!
Did you make your own baby food? What other foods are easy to puree?