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Making your own baby food may seem appealing, especially after you open one of those Gerber jars! You can choose organic foods, peal them or not (many nutrients can be found in the peal), add your own spices and avoid fillers or salt. But what’s the best method to make baby food? Do you use your home food processor or buy a special “baby food processor”? How about an affordable food mill? We’re here to help you figure it all out. Click the tabs below for recommendations, buying advice and brand reviews.

Making your own baby food is a great idea. You can introduce your child to the foods you eat, encourage healthy eating habits and save money over jarred baby food.

So what to look for in a food processor? First, you'll need to determine how much baby food you want to make. If you're planning to freeze a month's worth of carrots for your little one, consider a regular food processor. You'll be able to puree up to 12 or even 20 cups of baby food in a full size processor. If you're only interested in a few day's worth of food, the two to four -cup capacity processors will work just fine. And if a single meal is all you need, consider an affordable manual food mill.

Next consider whether you have room for another appliance on your counter. If you already have a food processor, don't add to the clutter and expense with a specialty baby food processor. If you have limited counter space and don't already have a processor, we like the idea of a steamer/processor. The capacity is small, but a dual use appliance makes it a plus. If storage is absolutely at a premium, get a hand crank mill.

Finally, consider price. If you have the money, you'll find that the larger processor (see our review of Cuisinart) is useful for other cooking needs. We make pie crust, puree sauces, mix bread dough and more in our Cuisinart. And it will last for years. But if price is a consideration, hand-crank food mills are under $20 and will do the job for the small amount of time you'll be making baby food puree.

Remember your baby will eat baby food for only a short period of time—six months or so. After that, your baby (now a toddler) can eat regular adult table food (cut into smaller bites, of course). Hence the utility of a baby food processor is limited; while a regular food processor will give you more bang for the buck.

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