I have always been a fan of making my children's baby food but I took it to the extreme today and made it a science project! Here is what I found out!!
* Gerber baby food in the 2 pack containers cost approx. 70 cents per serving.
I made the following foods and these are the costs per serving compared to the gerber containers at 70 cents each. I also included how many "containers" you would get from buying your produce vs. buying the store bought food.
(Remember gerber is 70 cents per container!)
- 3 medium sweet potatoes = 13 cents ( made 18 containers)
- 4 red apples = 40 cents (made 6 containers)
- 4 peaches = 46 cents (made 7 containers)
- 1 med. squash = 31 cents (made 4 containers)
- 1 pound fresh green beans = 37 cents (made 8 containers)
- 4 pears = 47cents (made 6 containers)
- 2 pounds baby carrots = 31 cents (made 10 containers)
SOOOO.....the price difference for these baby foods in store vs. making your own is:
- 3 med. sweet potatoes at 18 servings cost12.60in store.....2.30 for produce!
- 4 apples at 6 servings cost 8.34in store......2.40 for produce!
- 4 peaches at 7 servings cost 9.73in store.....3.25 for produce!
- 1 med. squash at 4 servings cost 5.56 in store......1.25 for produce!
- 1 lb fresh green beans at 8 servings cost 11.12 in store.....2.99 for produce!
- 4 pears at 6 servings cost 8.34 in store.....2.80 for produce!
- 2 lbs baby carrots at 10 servings cost 13.90 in store.....3.00 for produce!
Total spent on produce = 17.99
Total cost of exact same serving amounts in store bought food= 41.30
That ladies...is a SAVINGS of 23.31 dollars!!!
If you go this routeyou not only save cash but you have your OWN home made sweet potatoes, applesauce, peaches, squash, green beans, pears and carrots!!! You know what is going into your baby, there are not additives or preservatives and.....you have the pride of knowing you worked your butt off to do whats best for your child
NOW PICTURES!!!!! I seriously worked my butt off doing this experiment. Call me crazy.......my husband did LOL. This took me about 3 hours start to finish.
Steaming away!! (steaming locks in more nutrients than boiling)
Ready for the magic bullet (or blender!)all skin removed
Waaalahhh!!! BABY FOOD!!! (I added bottled water to desired consistancy)
FRESH VS. STORE BOUGHT
The end result......made with love and more cash in my purse!!!
Each of these "snack bags" has approx. 3 servings in it.
The taste test was amazing too!!! HUGE difference!