I am not totally sure that I haven't mentioned this before, so if I have, I apologize.
Making your own baby food is a GREAT way to save money. It is as simple as that. Making your own baby food is a TREMENDOUS way to save money if you are a crazy organic person like I try to be when it comes to baby food. Because, in case you aren't aware, organic baby food is more expensive than your regular ol' baby food.
I can hear your objections starting now. "It takes too long." "It is too hard." "I don't have everything I need to make my own baby food." "I don't have babies."
Only one of those is a valid excuse to not make your own baby food and I am sure it is obvious which one it is!
The truth is, making baby food is remarkably simple, requires only a few kitchen tools, and doesn't take that much time.
For starters you will need either a steamer, microwave, oven or stove. I am pretty sure if you didn't have a steamer you could cook your foods a different way, but I prefer a steamer to preserve as much nutrients as possible. You will also need a blender, food mill or food processor. Lastly, some ice cube trays and freezer bags for storage. It is that simple. No fancy kitchen utensils required.
I will not go into details on how to make baby food, but I will recommend the book Super Baby Food, which is a great resource on how to make puree's and other baby foods. I will tell you that with only a little planning, making baby food takes little time. And it is super cost effective.
Example: one jar of organic sweet potatoes is about $.79. You can buy a whole sweet potato for $1. That one sweet potato when steamed and turned into a puree the correct consistency for a baby will get you about 5 jars of sweet potatoes. Pretty good deal. The same is true of almost all fruits and vegetables. The exceptions I have found so far are fruits like peaches, mangoes, and nectarines. Vegetables are usually where you will get the most savings.
I encourage you to try making your own baby food. It is healthier, easy, less expensive and in my case, makes me feel like a good mom. I know that is weird, but something about putting effort into what my kids are eating helps me feel like I am doing a good job. Happy pureeing!