Here's a quick tutorial on how to make your own baby food.
I went to Harris Teeter and got a bunch of different vegetables and fruits. Enough to satisfy my little foodie for a couple of weeks.
I like to get the prep work done first so I can have fun making lots of noise blending stuff with no interruptions later. Peel fruits such as apples, pears, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. Some people like to make their baby food with the peel on since it contains the most nutrients. I've found its pretty hard to get these chopped little enough so my babies wouldn't choke on them. Dice and steam the vegetables. Fruit rarely has any prep work other than peeling.
Such a pretty artist's palate! Have fun mixing the different fruits together (as long as your little one has already had them before). Always introduce new foods by themselves so you can judge if they have an allergic reaction.
Puree fruit in food processor. I am partial to the Magic Bullet and absolutely love the small portions in allows me to make. It's also nice being able to keep the cap on and pop it in the fridge if I know I am going to use it later that day. Then spoon the mixture into ice cube trays. Each ice cube space is about one ounce.
Pop them in the freezer.
The vegetable artist's palate! Please note that if you put carrots in the Magic Bullet, not much is going to happen. You have to add water to most vegetables as they lack the amount that fruit naturally has. To me this allows for so customization according to what stage your child is in. For young eaters, add enough water for it to be very diluted or for those with a few teeth, have the food a little more thick. I just add a little at a time until I get where I want the consistency be.
Once frozen, pop out the individual cubes, ziploc bag them, and label with what food it is and when you made it. You can keep baby food frozen in the freezer for about 3 months. In the mornings I take out 2-3 cubes, put it in a Tupperware and let it thaw in the fridge for dinner. Voila!