Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How I save over $110/Month on baby food

Oganic non GMO is very important to us as a family.   Since we still don't have proper GMO labeling and most of the "organic" babyfood had some "natural" preservative or additive we had to come up with an alternative way to feed our precious boy.

When it came time to start feeding our baby solid foods we came up with some delicious, homemade and easy recipes.  I was shocked how much it saved us when I calculated the savings!!

Here is an easy (and incredibly yummy) one to start with.

Roasted butternut squash puree

1 - Preheat oven to 400°F
2 - Wash and cut butternut squash lengthwise
3 - Scoop out seeds using a spoon (save those for later - more on that in a future post)
4 - Place squash cut side down in baking dish with 1" water
5 - Roast at 400°F for 40 min
6 - Let cool until it's not too hot to touch and start peeling.  I pull off the peel with my fingers but you can also turn the squash and scoop out with a large spoon.
7 - Puree in a food processor or blender.

And that's it!  My 1.5lb squash gave me 32oz of baby food.  If I were to buy this in the prepackaged jars I would pay $0.30/oz.  That is $9.60 for 32oz.  I payed $2.20 for the squash, a savings of $7.40.  My baby eats 32oz of food in 2 days.  So that is a savings of $111/mo!!  Not bad for 10min of actual work!  AND it was much yummier than anything prepackaged in a jar ... I had to hold myself back from eating it all :)

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