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Making Your Own Baby Food – Beef

The second meat I gave my daughter was beef.  I tried out a couple of meats, but settled with ground beef for long term.  It needed to be very tender for her little gums to eat and I didn’t want to be spending the money on filets!  There were fewer options for organic meats and of course they were so expensive, so with trying to save money but keep the health of my child at the top of my list of importance, I settled on ground beef.  For suggestions on other meats that I tried and how I cooked it, just ask.


 

Preparing the Beef Baby Food

I started with cooking the ground beef just as you would any ground beef – in the skillet on medium heat until it is no longer pink in the middle and then draining off the excess fat.  The first time I cooked it, I just put it right in the food processor.  I noticed after my daughter would eat that there was a lot of grease on the edge of the container.  The next time I cooked it, I put it in a colander and rinsed off some of the extra fat.  For adults, it would probably get rid of some of the good flavor, but for a baby it is fine.  She gets the nutrition of the beef without the added fat.  Then, after rinsing off the extra fat, just put it into the food processor and turn it on until it is in small pieces, the same as the chicken.  It almost turns into a large powder. 

Storing the Foodbaby food in freezer bags and ice cube trays

Then just put it into the ice cube trays.  I usually put some beef in each tray, then push it down with a clean finger or a spoon, and then put more in.  The squashes down pretty well and you want it packed in so it will stay together when you take it out of the cubes.  Once frozen, just put it in freezer bags and label with the date.  It will last in the freezer for a couple of months.

Save Money Making the Beef Yourself

A pound of organic ground beef costs me $5.99.  With getting 16 food cubes with one pound, it costs $0.37 a cube.  This is the most expensive food that my daughter eats.  However, this is still a good savings compared to the $0.54 for the same amount in a non-organic baby food jar, again with lots of water and likely cornstarch or other fillers.  With making your own beef, you know it is pure beef.  If you can get ground beef non-organic, it could easily cost you half the price as my organic ground beef and it would cost you less than $0.20 per cube!

Be sure to check out my other posts on making your own baby food:

Making Your Own Baby Food – Introduction

Making Your Own Baby Food – Apples

Making Your Own Baby Food – Bananas

Making Your Own Baby Food – Chicken

Making Your Own Baby Food – Eggs

 Making Your Own Baby Food – Sweet Potatoes

 

Baby Food – Tomatoes

 

Baby Food – Starting with Frozen Foods

 

 **beef image courtesy of http://sevimel.thedailymeal.com/2012/03/baby-food-beef.html  **

 

 

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