Did I mention I am also cheap?
I have been solely breastfeeding Jake for his entire life- 6 months, 2 weeks. Of course I know its healthy for him, but I also know that formula would provide him with everything he needs. Brooklyn was formula-fed most of her infancy and turned out quite healthy and brilliant (more on how she aced her kindergarten exam later!). But when I did the math on how much money I spent on formula for Brooklyn her first year...holy cow! And this time around, having two kids in school, I want to save money where I can. It's very hard being a working, pumping mom. But it can be done.
So, the same went with baby food. I know jar baby food is great...but the cost can add up. I invested in some small freezer storage containers...
...and dusted off my Magic Bullet.
And away we went! I started with carrots and then moved to sweet potatoes and then squash. I also did frozen peas once, but the bright "neon" green look freaked me out a bit, so I now buy the green veggies in the bigger jars and just portion control them out for meals. Once Jake liked his vegetables, then I introduced apples. I have this great apple peeler-corer-slicer from Linens-n-Things that I LOVE and makes the process go sooooo quickly. I usually do 4 apples at a time and store the applesauce in a tupperware container in the fridge. I just dish out what I need for a meal (usually 1-2 ounces), and I use within 3-5 days.
My only failure was bananas...who knew that they would brown as a liquid in the fridge? So, now I just buy bunches of bananas and mash up about a 1/3 of a banana for a meal with a fork until it reaches my desired consistency.
I did a quick analysis of what I spent and how much food I got. Each "meal" for Jake is about 1-2 ounces.
Apples (4) $1.89 = approx. 5 meals
Carrots (1 bag) $1.47 = approx. 16 meals
Sweet Potatoes (2) $1.59 = approx. 16 meals
Squash (1 small) $1.59 = approx. 8 meals
Total spent $6.54 = approx. 45 meals
I checked Target's prices for Gerber baby food. For 16, 2 ounce servings, it was $10.99. To buy 45 meals, it would cost roughly $30.00. Definitely some cost savings here!
So, as long as I can continue to enjoy it and Jake continues to eat it, we're burning that Magic Bullet as long as we can!
And then, I am buying one of these. :-)