7 Organic Starter Baby Purees for Under $20 (2 months of food in 2 hours!)

These 7 Organic Starter Baby Purees for Under $20 can be made in 2 hours and will last you for 2 months! This guide is made for the most overachiever of parent, the time-strapped parents, the lazy parent and the parent just trying to get through the day. It includes a grocery list, step-by-step instructions and a list of what purees to serve in which order. Basically, I took all the work out of making your own starter baby purees and left you with just the fun part, your welcome:)


Learn to make your own homemade baby food purees with this easy DIY guide. You'll make seven delicious stage one baby food recipe combinations that will last two months! It doesn't get any easier (or cheaper) than this. Easy, healthy homemade baby food is just 2 hours and $20 away! #babyfood #frugal

Starting to make homemade baby food can be a little intimating for most parents. 

Thoughts of 'what if I mess up the food', 'where do I even start' or 'I can't even cook for myself let alone for my baby' often fill the heads of new parents. I know those thoughts all flashed through my mind when I started making baby purees. 

But I am here to tell you, that not only CAN you make your own baby food, but you can totally ROCK AT IT!

Below, you will find my most comprehensive guide on how to make your first baby purees.

With this guide you are not only going to make 1 puree, nope that would be too easy.

Instead, you are going to make 7 purees all at one go!

Yup, 7!!

You can do it, trust me!

I am going to be right here walking you through everything you need to do. And if you get stuck, just comment below and I will continue to walk you through it. 

Because here is the thing about making your own baby food, and parenting in general, all your baby wants from you is for you to do your best. It doesn't have to be perfect or over the top or on schedule. They just want you to love them and do your best. So even if your burn the bottom of the pears (totally what I did on the recipe below) or add in cinnamon instead of curry, who cares? Your baby won't. Regardless if you did it perfectly or mess it up a little, they will either eat it with a smile or rub the food all over their faces/hands/body. But what they will know is that you loved them enough to make them that puree that is all over their adorable little faces. 

And after reading all the information below and still having a slight panic attack over making your own baby food, then enlist some help. Call upon your spouse, your own parents or some mommy friends and have a baby food making party. I made my very first batch of baby food in my mom's kitchen. And readers are always writing to tell me that they have had a group of mom friends over for have a baby food making party (with wine, of course). So gather up some friends from stroller strides, your mommy group or place an add on nextdoor.com and gather up your own mommy friends to help. New experiences are always more fun in groups!

Okay, your mommy inspirational talk if over. Time to get pureeing!

Learn to make your own homemade baby food purees with this easy DIY guide. You'll make seven delicious stage one baby food recipe combinations that will last two months! It doesn't get any easier (or cheaper) than this. Easy, healthy homemade baby food is just 2 hours and $20 away! #babyfood #frugal

Grocery List

1 medium organic Butternut Squash ($1.79)
1 head organic Broccoli (roughly 16 oz) ($2.29)
1 16oz bag of frozen organic mango (can also use 3 fresh mangos) ($2.49)
1 16oz fresh or frozen organic green beans ($2.99)
6 medium organic apples, I used Fuji ($2.99)
5 small or 3 medium organic sweet potatoes ($1.99)
6 medium organic ripe pears ($1.49)
Fresh Thyme and Chives ($3.58)

Total Price = $16.62

If you want to get exactly to $20, you can add in a couple of bananas and 1 avocado to your grocery list. You can smash bananas and avocados with the back of a fork right before feeding it to baby. Which makes them the easiest instant baby food in the world!

I did not count the pinch of cinnamon, curry or cloves in the price above since most people have those on hand and they are completely optional. 

Cost per Ounce of Organic Homemade Baby Food
All of this produce makes roughly 116 ounces. 

Homemade Baby Food - $0.14 per ounce
Store Bought (average price) - $.43 per ounce

Homemade Baby Food for 116 ounces - $16.24
Store Bought (average price) - $49.88

Saving you over $33!!

 

Kitchen Equipment You will Need

  • Baking Sheet

  • Small and Medium Saucepan

  • Steamer Basket

  • Blender or Food Processor

  • Knife and Cutting Board

  • Vegetable Peeler

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons

  • Spatula

  • Forks

  • Freezer Ice Cube Trays, small glass jars or glass bowls

  • Freezer bags and sharpie

Check of my guide on which kitchen tools I love and use. 

Learn to make your own homemade baby food purees with this easy DIY guide. You'll make seven delicious stage one baby food recipe combinations that will last two months! It doesn't get any easier (or cheaper) than this. Easy, healthy homemade baby food is just 2 hours and $20 away! #babyfood #frugal

Step-by-Step Guide on How To Make Purees in 2 Hours

This guide is going to have your multi-tasking like a master. So if multi-tasking isn't your thing, then you can follow each recipe one at a time and still come up with the same results. You can also team up with a mom friend and work as a team to get these recipes made in no time at all (while having some wine of course;). 

1. Start Butternut Squash - Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. 
2. Cut and de-seed the butternut squash. Put onto the baking sheet skin side down, place in oven and set timer for 40 mins. Squash should be easily pricked with a fork when done. Let cool
3. Start Broccoli - While butternut squash is roasting, bring 2" of water in a medium saucepan to a boil. 
4. Chop Broccoli into florets, peel apple if using and add to a steamer basket. Place the steamer basket on top of boiling water, cover and steam for 7 minutes or until tender. Let cool. 
5. Start Mango - While broccoli is steaming, add frozen mango, vanilla and water to a small saucepan and simmer for 3 minutes on low or until just thawed. Let cool. 
6. While Mangos are cooling, peel and chop apples. 
7. Puree Mango - transfer mango to blender and puree. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jars or a bowl. Wash bender and small saucepan. 
8. Puree Broccoli - Transfer broccoli to blender, add in chives and any needed liquids and puree. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jars or a bowl. Wash blender and steamer basket. 
9. Start Apples - Place apples, cinnamon and water in small saucepan, if overflowing you can use a large saucepan. Simmer on med-low for 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Let cool. 
10. Start Green Beans - while apples are simmering, bring 2" of water in a medium saucepan to a boil. Place the trimmed green beans in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and stream for 7 minutes or until tender. Let cool. 
11. While the green beans and apples are cooking and cooling, peel and chop the sweet potatoes and pears. 
12. Puree Green Beans - Transfer the green beans and coconut oil to the blender and puree adding liquids if needed. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jars or a bowl. Wash blender and steamer basket. 
13. Puree Apples - Transfer the apples with the liquids to a blender and puree. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jars or a bowl. Wash blender and saucepan. 
14. Start Sweet Potatoes - bring 2" of water in a medium saucepan to a boil. Place sweet potatoes in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam for 14 minutes or until tender. Let cool. 
15. Start Pears - while sweet potatoes are cooking, place the pears, cloves and water in a small saucepan, simmer over low heat for 12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Let cool. 
16. Puree Butternut Squash - Once cooled, scrape the squash off of the skin and place in blender along with some liquid and thyme and puree until smooth. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jars or a bowl. Wash blender. 
17. Puree Pears - transfer pears and liquid to a blender and puree. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jar or a bowl. Wash blender and saucepan. 
18. Puree Sweet Potatoes - transfer the sweet potatoes, liquid and curry to a blender and puree. Transfer puree to freezer trays, glass jars or a bowl. Wash blender and steamer basket. 
19. Wash all dishes and celebrate! You just made over 100 ounces of purees in 2 hours! 
20. Next Day - take all of the purees out of the freezer and place in freezer bags. Label each bag with recipe name and date. Keep in freezer. 

If you don't have enough freezer ice cube trays for all of these purees, don't worry. Start with what you have and then place the rest of the purees into glass bowls or glass storage containers into the fridge. Once the purees in the freezer trays are frozen, transfer the cubes of puree to a freezer bag and put them back in freezer. Now transfer the purees that are in the fridge into the freezer trays and freeze. It's best to get all the purees frozen within 2 days. 

Learn to make your own homemade baby food purees with this easy DIY guide. You'll make seven delicious stage one baby food recipe combinations that will last two months! It doesn't get any easier (or cheaper) than this. Easy, healthy homemade baby food is just 2 hours and $20 away! #babyfood #frugal

How to Introduce These Purees

There is no right or wrong order to introduce different foods to baby. The key is to introduce as many different colors, tastes and variety of foods you can to baby in their first year. So introducing apples or sweet potatoes first won't matter that much in the long game. But since you will have 7 delicious purees waiting patiently in the freezer for your babes, I have listed below what order I recommend introducing the purees to baby. Again, there is no right or wrong, so go with what you and baby feel like eating at any given time. And just remember that your baby might not love a certain puree right off the bat, as it can take them up to 15 different tries before deciding if they like a certain food or not, so keep at it. Also I did add smashed avocado and smashed banana to the list below as I believe they are some of the best foods to start in baby's diet from early on. 

Order To Introduce Baby Purees

If you want to follow the Try 1, Wait 3 Days rule to test for allergies, you would serve one puree at a time, wait for 3 days and then start on the next puree. I would recommend this method to anyone that has any prominent allergies in the immediate family or anyone concerned their baby might already have allergies or food sensitivities. I would not let this rule discourage or deter you, because it totally freaked me out when I first started my girls' on purees. You can totally introduce foods at a faster rate then this. Just listen to your baby and make sure what you are feeding them is agreeing with them. If you notice any rashes or hives on babies (usually on face or bum) then discontinue that food for the time being and start with something else. 


Roasted Butternut Squash + Thyme Baby Puree

1 medium butternut squash
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced

Instructions
1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degree F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat. 
2. Cut the butternut squash in half and de-seed. 
3. Place the butternut squash on the baking sheet, skin side down. Roast for 40-50 minutes or until the butternut squash is easily pricked with a fork. Let cool. 
4. Scrap the butternut squash out of the skin and place in a blender or food processor. Add in the thyme. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes adding in liquid (water, breast milk, formula or broth) as needed. I had to add in 1 cup of water to the puree above. Butternut squash can be a thick puree so scrape down sides as need until you have the cyclone effect happening in the blender. 

Time Saver Tip - roast 2 or 3 butternut squashes at the same time. You can either add thyme to all of the puree, or separate them out and add additional spices to the other butternut squashes. Other spices that go well with butternut squash is nutmeg, cloves parsley, rosemary, turmeric or oregano. You can also leave some plain to mix into other purees as baby advances in their eating adventures. 

Thyme Tip - you can also use dried thyme by adding it along with a little drizzle of olive oil to the top of the butternut squash before roasting. 

Yield: 14 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 40-50 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

Broccoli + Chive Baby Puree

1 head of broccoli (roughly 16 ounces), cut into florets
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 teaspoon chives

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the broccoli florets into a steamer basket over the boiling water and steam for 7-8 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly and reserve steamer water. 
2. Transfer the broccoli and chives to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on hight or until you reach your desired consistency, adding reserved water, breast milk, formula, water or broth in 1/4 increments if needed. 

Apple Note: I add in 1 apple to this puree so for a smoothie consistency. You can also use 1 small white potato (peeled and chopped), a pear (peeled, cored and chopped) or nothing at all. 

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7-8 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

Mango + Vanilla Baby Puree

1 16oz bag frozen mango
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or pinch of fresh vanilla bean seeds

Instructions
1. Place the frozen mango and vanilla extract or vanilla bean into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring often until heated all the way through and tender roughly 3-4 minutes.
2. Transfer the mango into a blender or food processor. If your mango mixture gets an excess of liquid while cooking, strain the mangos and reserve the mango liquid into a bowl. 
3. Blend on high for 1 minute or until the puree completely smooth. 

Mango Tip - I usually find that frozen mangos are easier and cheaper to find then fresh mangos, but if mangos are in season when you are making this recipe, by all means you can use fresh over frozen. For fresh mangos, simply peel and de-seed the mangos before placing them directly into the blender or food processor. 

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

Green Beans + Coconut Oil Baby Puree

1 16oz bag of fresh or frozen green beans, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon organic coconut oil

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the green beans into a steamer basket over the boiling water and steam for 6-7 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly and reserve steamer water. 
2. Transfer the green beans and coconut oil to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on high or until you reach your desired consistency, adding reserved water, breast milk, formula, water or broth in 1/4 increments if needed. I had to add 1/2 cup of reserved water to the puree above. 

Coconut Oil Tip - healthy fats are a great thing to add to baby's first puree. Healthy fats such as organic coconut oil, organic olive oil and grass-fed pasture raised butter or ghee are my favorite healthy fats to add to baby's food. You don't need much, usually 1/2 teaspoon or less, and you can add it to any roasted or steamed veggies for an instant flavor boost. Healthy fats help aide baby's brain development and function, repair torn or strained muscles (great for crawlers) and is great for digestion needs. 

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6-7 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

Simmered Apples + Cinnamon Baby Puree

9 small apples or 6 medium apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
1. Place the apples, water and cinnamon into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until the water starts to boil. 
2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until apples are tender when pricked with a fork, stirring occasionally. Let cool slightly. 
3. Transfer all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree on high for 1-2 minutes or until the puree is completely smooth. You can add in additional liquid is needed. 

Apple Tip - I find that sweet apples work the best for baby food purees. I love to use fuji, gala, honey crisp or jonagold apples. 

Peeling Tip - For stage 1 beginner purees, I would recommend to peel the apples. But once your baby has mastered the apples you can totally skip the peeling step if you are using organic produce. 

Yield: 18 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

Sweet Potatoes + Mild Curry Baby Puree

5 small sweet potatoes or 3 medium (roughly 1.5 pounds), peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon mild curry powder

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the sweet potato chunks into a steamer basket over the boiling water and steam for 12-14 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Let cool slightly and reserve steamer water. 
2. Transfer the sweet potatoes and mild curry powder to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on high or until you reach your desired consistency, adding reserved water, breast milk, formula, water or broth in 1/4 increments if needed. I had to add  1 and 1/2 cups of reserved water to the puree above. Sweet potatoes are a very dense root vegetable so they will always need more liquid then you would think. 

Curry Powder - this exotic spice is a fun way to showcase international flavors to baby from the very first bite. This is the mild curry powder I use and love. You can also use nutmeg, cloves, cumin, rosemary, thyme or oregano to your sweet potato puree. 

Yield: 22 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12-14 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

Simmered Pear + Clove Baby Puree

6 medium pears (roughly 2 pounds), peeled, cored and chopped
3 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions
1. Place the pears, water and cloves into a medium-low saucepan and heat over medium heat until the water starts to boil. 
2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until pears are tender when pricked with a fork, stirring often. Let cool slightly. 
3. Transfer all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree on high for 1-2 minutes or until the puree is completely smooth. You can add in additional liquid is needed. 

Yield: 14 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here

 

New to making purees? Then check of my two beginners guides on making purees - Top Tools for Making Baby Purees (which features products I use and love) and The Ultimate Guide on How to Make and Serve Homemade Baby Food

Learn to make your own homemade baby food purees with this easy DIY guide. You'll make seven delicious stage one baby food recipe combinations that will last two months! It doesn't get any easier (or cheaper) than this. Easy, healthy homemade baby food is just 2 hours and $20 away! #babyfood #frugal