For the sweet potatoes, you have to bake them at 425 degrees for 45 minutes, then remove the skin before pureeing. Once the foods were frozen, I popped them out of the containers (so I could re-use them) and put into labeled freezer bags. These frozen foods will last for 3 months.
Green beans (10 frozen ounces) yielded 4 Gerber containers (12 Tablespoons) = $.70
Normal Gerber cost: approx. $2.00
Fresh zucchini (one large) yielded 5 Gerber containers (15 T) = $1.99
Normal Gerber cost: approx. $2.50
Savings: $.51Fresh sweet potatoes (2 medium) yielded 12 Gerber containers (36 T) = $2.18
Normal Gerber cost: approx. $6.00
Savings: $3.82Fresh pears (2) yielded 6 Gerber containers (18 T) = $2.05
Normal Gerber cost: approx. $3.00
Savings: $.95Grand Totals (including peas):
My way cost $7.62
Gerber cost approx. $16.50
Total savings: $8.88
All-in-all, I pretty much cut my food costs in half. Now, of course there are going to be some foods that I simply cannot make myself, BUT I am also making some foods that Gerber does not offer. It took me very little time to make the food and the color differences between the packaged stuff and the freshly made is remarkable.