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    Default Jar food versus homemade??

    I have been buying organic jar baby food from Wholefoods and I am wondering if there are any health benefits to making it myself? I thought I'd go with jars till she decides to eat more than 3 bites of anything but I am thinking of making some food too. It seems like the jar baby food is good, nothing added, all organic, etc. What do you all think?
    Mom to Abigail, born May 3rd, 2007 (self-weaned at 27 mths) and Charlotte, born Nov. 24th, 2009. Both reflux babies and EBF. Charlotte weighs 31 lbs at 26 mths.

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    I think if you can skip the jarred and just make it yourself then you can really guarantee what's in it - and that is a great benefit!

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    [QUOTE=Number3;395941]I think if you can skip the jarred and just make it yourself then you can really guarantee what's in it - and that is a great benefit!
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    This is why I decided to make my food. I am assured that the only things going into it are what I put into it.
    That being said, if I had to use a jarred food, the only kind I would use is the organic sort.

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    I used to hate cooking (and laundry ) but I sincerely enjoy making Christopher's baby food. The taste is better than the jar stuff (we have some hanging around people gave me that I use occassionally), which I'm assuming is because its not processed like the jar stuff. I read they have to really heat the jar stuff up to kill germs prior to storage, a taste of them and I can tell the difference. That said, I don't think jarred food is BAD for lo, they don't put perservatives in them or salt, etc., but I like homemade a lot. I make enough for several days at one time, its not hard at all.
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    I made DS babyfood and I hate being in the kitchen. I bought this book (www.superbabyfood.com) and it really helped. It goes a bit farther than I care to go with it but I like how it tells what foods are appropriate for the age and such.

    Making your own babyfood is so much cheaper than buying it in a jar and it tastes so much better too.
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    Default Re: Jar food versus homemade??

    I am a big fan of making my daughter her food. I know what goes into it, it's a lot cheaper, plus my daughter likes the taste better than the jarred food we've tried. If I see something that I don't know how to make or get (like guava) then I'll buy a jar/container of it to see if she'll like it. I try to buy the organic fruits and veggies to make her food. Organic meats are a little bit harder for us to get though. I do buy the barley and oatmeal baby cereals for her though.

    I like using the ice cube method to freeze her food and just thaw 1 or 2 cubes of each fruit or veggie as needed each day, that way I'm not wasting as much if she doesn't eat it all. HTH!

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    If you use the ice cube tray method, isn't the food uncovered and gets freezer burned/taste gets affected? I've never tried that.
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    Ok so my lo just eat what we eat. I fix food with no seasoning, take him out a small portion then add it for the rest of the family. Last night he ate green beens. He seems to like eat "real" food instead of baby food.

    I mash my own bananas and sweet potatoes. He also like black eye peas. I just make sure he gets small tiny sizes so no choking....
    I am going to try frozen fruit this weekend, I hear it's good for teething
    Married mama with 4 kiddos...2 girls (11 & 6) and 2 boys (21mo & 3mo)

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    Default Re: Jar food versus homemade??

    Quote Originally Posted by BabyChristopher View Post
    If you use the ice cube tray method, isn't the food uncovered and gets freezer burned/taste gets affected? I've never tried that.
    I wrap the tray really well with saran wrap/plastic wrap (if the plastic isn't ripped I wipe it off, stick back in the freezer, and reuse for the next time I make her food). There's a brand out there that you can "press & seal" but I haven't tried it yet. Once the food has hardened overnight, I then transfer the ices to a freezer bag and try to remove as much of the air as I can using a straw to suck the air out. Or they have that handy-dandy Reynolds freezer bags that you can suck the air out with a special vacuum.

    I haven't noticed any problems so far. HTH!

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    Baby Gurl your the bomb! I need to eat with you!

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