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Make your baby's food and save money

Having a baby changes everything – from your alone time as a couple, to your time with friends to how you spend your free time. It also changes your bottom line. Caring for a child can be expensive.

One of the easiest ways to save money is to make your own baby food. It may take a little more time than running into the grocery store for it, but it's a cost-effective and healthier alternative for your child. You can even make large batches and freeze some in single-size serving portions.

Before you begin, it should be noted that if you're going to take the time and expend the energy to make your baby's food, you should be sure to choose the freshest meanest, produce and dairy for your child. You can go organic or buy locally. Wash all produce thoroughly and if possible, steam the foods instead of boil them, in order to retain nutrients. 

Making baby food is relatively easy, since you probably have all the tools at home already. You'll need to first cook the food, and then cut it into manageable pieces. Then you'll mash or puree it. You can use a portable, hand-turned food mill or baby grinder, a hand blender, a food processor, a blender or even a fork for soft foods like bananas or avocados.

Depending on the water content of the food, you will need to add liquid when pureeing it. Options for thinning include *** milk, water, formula, cow's milk, plain yogurt or homemade broth, which is vitamin rich. If the food needs thickening, use cooked egg yokes, sweet potato, wheat germ, whole grain cereal, cottage cheese or plain yogurt.

Once the food is pureed, you can use it immediately or store it for use later. If you are going to use it in the next couple of days, you can put it in airtight containers in the fridge. If you need to keep it a while, you can freeze it. An easy way to do is is to use one-ounce ice cube trays. Freeze the food and then you can just pop out a portion when you need to. Use frozen baby food within two months.

You'll save money by making your baby's food, but you'll also be providing healthier foods for your child, and you can control your child's diet more easily, keeping out contaminants and allergens.

Published Aug 18 2011, 12:52 PM by moneycoach
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