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Baby Food


I've been having some fun making baby food for my almost-8-month-old 
daughter. Although there are some great organic baby foods on the market 
now, they're also on the expensive side. Even Gerber's has entered the 
organic baby food market. But at between 50 and 70 cents a little jar, it 
can get expensive.

I've had great success so far cooking various squashes, sweet potatoes, 
carrots, prunes, peaches and pears and pureeing them. I save the jars 
from purchased baby food, then fill them with my own mixtures and freeze 
them. Last night I did 3 yams, 1 spaghetti squash, 1 butternut squash, 4 
pears, 1 cup blueberries, a handful of prunes, and filled 47 jars!

I would love to hear from any of you about how you feed your babies. I'm 
wondering about starting beans, but am not sure how to begin and if some 
beans are better to use than others. 

I'm also interested in canning information. I have a small 
over-the-refrigerator freezer section and it fills up really fast. I'm 
tempted to try canning in the baby food jars, but don't want to poison my 
baby by doing it wrong. Anyone out there with canning experience who 
could help? The baby food jars have sort of a rubber seal that looks like 
it would work.

You can e-mail me directly, and if anyone else is interested in receiving 
any suggestions, let me know and I'll forward them to you.

Julie in San Jose
Raising a healthy vegetarian baby from a vegetarian pregnancy!