Why not just buy jars of baby food? The author, Ruth Yaron explains: “The best food for your baby comes out of your kitchen, not from an industrial food plant. Making your own baby food gives you the power to insure that only healthy, whole foods are used as ingredients. Homemade food is more natural, more tasteful, and much more economical.”
Does making your own baby food really save any money? I bought organic black plums (2.99/lb) from a food co-op, peeled, sliced, pureed, and froze them into portion sized cubes, which took about an hour. When I crunch the numbers, I was able to make 2.5 ounces of plum baby food for about 65 cents, and the same sized jar of organic plum baby food costs 89 cents. Factoring in my time against the pleasure of working with my hands to create something useful complicates the equation, so you will have to draw your own conclusions.