Monday, June 28, 2010
Packaged baby food (jars or plastic) = $.22-$.40 an ounce
Cost of large peeled bag of carrots = 3 bags @ $1.99 each ($5.97 total)
Cost of fresh papayas from store = 3 @ $2.50 each ($7.50 total)
Cost of fresh mangoes at store = 9 @ $1.50 each ($13.50 total)
3 bags of carrots = 168 ounces of baby food = $0.03 an ounce
3 papayas = 96 ounces of baby food = $0.08 an ounce
9 mangoes = 89 ounces of baby food = $0.17 an ounce
Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Yellow Squash
Nectarines, Mangoes, and Papayas
Carrots are really easy to make if you buy the fresh carrots that are peeled in the bag. First you steam them in a steamer pot.
Once they are tender when poked with a fork, you put them in the food processor. Water them down as you are processing them until they reach a smooth, thick soupy texture.
Sweet potatoes require a little more time, as you have to peel all of them by hand. Once peeled, you can steam them or boil them. We chose to boil them.
The squash have to be peeled (although they said you do not have to peel them for infants over 8 months). And then chopped them into small pieces.
You usually would steam them at that point, but we got a little distracted and processed them raw :-0 Whoops! So we put the processed pieces into the oven to bake, and then once cooked, ran them through the processor one more time. Always laugh at your mistakes!
Nectarines have to be peeled and then chopped into pieces. We chose to bake them rather than steam them, as the website stated this would pull out more of their natural sugars and make them sweeter. So we put a little bit of water in a baking dish, put all the pieces into the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes (or until tender).
Posted by Too Much Good at Monday, June 28, 2010