Anyways, we had apples on the counter and I had already done some research and read that you needed to steam the fruit to soften it. By steaming it, the fruit supposedly retains all its nutrients. I bought the Ziploc steam bags a while ago just for doing this.
I took 3 regular sized apples, mine where Golden Delicious, peeled and cut them into chunks. I placed them in the steamer bags and on the bags it tells you how long to microwave different vegetables. Potatoes where listed and I figured apples are kind of the same consistency as potatoes so I nuked them for 5 minutes.
Next I took out my Magic Bullet blender, used the chopping blade, put half my apple chunks in with a bit of water, then pureed it for a minute or so. When its mixed well check to make sure it is the right consistency, if it's too thick add a bit more water and mix again.
I save my store bought baby food containers so I know how much to give for each serving, so I just put my homemade applesauce into those containers and I was finished. 3 apples made about 5 days worth of stage 1 food or roughly 3 days worth of stage 2.
I bought some sweet potatoes to do the same but instead of steaming them I baked them wrapped in foil in the oven at 350 for about an hour, more or less depending on how large the potatoes are. After they were baked I took the peeling off, put them in my Magic Bullet, added some water, and blended to the consistency I thought appropriate. I had three smaller sized potatoes and here is how much they made:
That is about 8 or 9 days worth of stage 2 veggies or 16 days of stage 1, and I paid $2 for the sweet potatoes so that's about $0.25 a day for the stage 2. I don't think you can get that kind of deal on baby food in the store even with a great sale or off brand.
I think alot of people think making baby food is going to be time consuming and difficult, because that's what I thought, but it's actually really simple and quick.