Sage Spoonfuls (review/giveaway)

My Sage Spoonfuls On-The-Go Package!

Making our own baby food never crossed my mind with the other 3 kids. Of course first time parent I was oblivious that people did it, with my 2nd the kids were so close in age I barely had time to breathe…let alone make baby food and when I had my 3rd I had heard about it but wasn’t sure it was something I would have time to do. Now that I’ve been blogging for awhile and made some AWESOME friends, some of which has made their own baby food I decided I wanted to try it out. After all, with 4 kids we need to save money wherever possible. I was so excited when Sage Spoonfuls emailed and asked me to review one of their packages!

Sage Spoonfuls sent me the “On-The-Go Package” which includes:

  • 1 Sage Spoonfuls Book—Simple Recipes*Healthy Meals*Happy Babies
  • 1 Pocket Guide
  • 1 Immersion Blender and 1 Food Processor
  • 12 BPA-free 4 oz Storage Jars
  • 1 Pack of 60 Labels
  • 2 Stackable Storage Trays
  • 1 On-The-Go Cooler
  • 1 Freezer Pack

Yes I cheated a little with the pears (only because it's hard to find good pears around here this time of year)...but I checked the ingredients to make sure it was packaged in their own juice and nothing else.

I was excited to see the Sage Spoonfuls book because honestly, I had no idea where to begin to start making baby food! There is so much information in this book it’s amazing! She talks about the differences in homemade baby food vs jar store bought, price and nutrition. She also gives information about organic food and allergies to certain foods. A section I found interesting was about Herbs and Spices, she goes into detail about how you should buy (fresh vs dried) and the nutritional value of a lot of different herbs and spices! There is also 2 pages of foods to avoid and what age you can introduce them (such as no honey until 12months, no cows milk until 12months, etc). There is also a page for each

Pears before.

Chocking 911 and Infant CPR. Like I said, this book is packed full of useful information!!!! Then you get down to the main part…making of baby food. She tells you the tools you will need (some of the tools are included in a Sage Spoonfuls package!) She also tells you what to look for when shopping for the food you are going to use. Other sections are Preparation, Cooking, Pureeing, Serving, Storing, Making Yummy Combinations. I’m sitting here trying to get as much information into this review as possible, but if I keep going with all the information in this book….this post will take forever to get

Pears after (looks like applesauce, but Justin loves pears more than applesauce!)

through!!! You will have to buy it to see everything it has to offer! She has a ton of great suggestions and information!

Recipes! A majority of this book is packed full of recipes!!! The first food I made for Justin was pears and even the recipes are packed full of information!!! She not only tells you how to prepare and puree the pear, she tells you the nutritional information such as what vitamins and minerals it has, how many oz 1 pear will make, as well as how long they will stay fresh for, how to store them (fridge for 3 days or freezer for up to 3 months!) and even how long they will stay good if you are on the go and have to take them out with you. Also, did you know pears are high in fiber? It helps if a baby is constipated (this is actually why we started with pears) and it also help if baby suffers from acid refulx! There are also ideas of what you can combine it with!

I never knew it was so easy to make baby oatmeal!!!! That container of rolled oats cost about $1 something

I have been mixing all of Justin’s fruit with oatmeal that’s made with his formula, just to get those extra calories in him. I had no idea it was possible to make your own baby oatmeal from rolled oats until I was skimming through all the recipes in this book! I had been buying boxed baby oatmeal and it’s not cheap!!! I went and got a big container of rolled oats and it was only $1 something and made what looks like would be 2 boxes of baby oatmeal! I was able to use the Sage Spoonfuls food processor to make it myself!

Rolled Oats before.

Rolled Oats after...it's now baby oatmeal!!!!

The Recipe section is broken up into groups “I’m Ready!” is for 4-6months, “This Is Yummy!” for 7-9months, “More Please!” is for 10-12months and then “Family Favorites” which is a chapter that includes some of her family’s favorite recipes. “The beauty of these recipes is that the entire family, babies and toddlers included can enjoy together.” -Excerpt from Sage Spoonfuls by Liza Huber.

This is all of Justin's food I made in about a half hour! The containers ontop of the big bowl are bananas, in the big bowl is baby oatmeal and the other containers in white are pears :)

Freezer with baby food!!!

I couldn’t be happier with our Sage Spoonfuls package! My freezer now has a ton of baby food that will last us a bit and I actually have fun making baby food! It doesn’t take long either! I made baby oatmeal, baby pears, and baby bananas in about 30min and it’ll last us probably about a month if not more (pears and bananas can be stored in the freezer for up to 3months!!!) I had to head to the dollar store to find some more containers because what we had from Sage Spoonfuls wasn’t enough…and I was impatient and couldn’t wait for more containers to come (I do plan on ordering more of their storage jars and trays when we have the money! I love that they stack!) These from the dollar store will work even though they are about half the size of the Sage Spoonfuls containers it’s enough for Justin right now per feeding.

Everything ready to prepare Justin's first fully homemade meal!!!!

Justin LOVES his baby food! It took me a bit to figure out the mixing the homemade baby oatmeal up to get it the right consistency but I think I got it now and he tears it up!!!! It’s amazing how different packaged baby oatmeal is from homemade!

Homemade baby oatmeal and pears....ready to eat!!!! He ate the whole bowl full!!!!

The Giveaway: One of my readers will win a Sage Spoonfuls Let’s Get Started Package which includes:

  • The Sage Spoonfuls Book—Simple Recipes*Healthy Meals*Happy Babies
  • 1 Immersion Blender with 1 Food Processor
  • 12 BPA-free 4 oz Storage Jars
  • 1 Pack of 60 Labels
  • 2 stackable Storage Trays
  • 1 Pocket Guide



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I received products for the purpose of reviewing at no cost to me. All opinions expressed are of my own and not influenced by anything or anyone.

46 Comments

  1. Brittney House /

    I love the money saving tips

  2. Rochel S /

    That it is much cheaper to make your own baby food!

  3. Jenny /

    I like the idea of all the money that could be saved, I hadn’t realized!

  4. I didn’t know that babies who are fed a consistent diet of delicious homemade baby food often grow to become adventurous eaters who make healthy choices for themselves without even realizing it.

  5. amy deeter /

    The On-The-Go Package
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  6. shirley pebbles /

    I learned that Store bought baby food, including the organic brands, has a shelf life of about 2 years! In order to achieve this shelf life, the food needs to be sterilized. I didn’t know that.

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  7. kathy pease /

    Mealtime is a great opportunity to bond with your baby. Whenever possible, turn off the TV, put down the cell phone and avoid the computer. Try listening to music and talking to your baby – even if she can’t talk back…yet.

  8. Valerie Taylor Mabrey /

    That kids who eat bold flavored foods will become more adventurous eaters
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  9. sarah t /

    i didn’t know store bought baby food costs so much more than homemade

  10. Gianna /

    Buying commercially prepared baby food can get very expensive. Depending on the brand, store bought baby food can cost two to three times more than homemade!

  11. tamra childers /

    That kids who eat bold flavored foods will become more adventurous eaters

  12. Jessica B /

    I love that homemade baby food is better for the environment!

  13. Faride Hale /

    I like that it can be stored for extended periods of time

    faithful1104 at gmail dot com

  14. melissa Resnick /

    homemade baby food is so much more healthier

  15. melissa Resnick /

    That kids who eat bold flavored foods will become more adventurous eaters, hmm that would explain acouple of mine

  16. Katie M /

    I like making baby food too! So much cheaper than buy prepacked.

  17. I didn’t know “store bought baby food can cost two to three times more than homemade” ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  18. Ashley E. /

    That kids who eat bold flavored foods will become more adventurous eaters!

  19. Lilly /

    I learned that The food needs to be sterilized. This is accomplished by heating it to very high temperatures to ensure food safety…
    very important! Good to Know

  20. Tanya /

    homemade baby food is healthier and cheaper

  21. susan varney /

    very healthy mverno@roadrunner.com

  22. Ryana /

    homemade is alot cheaper

  23. Rebecca Orr /

    I didnt know that most ripe produce doesn’t even have to be cooked first, it can just be pureed!
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  24. Rondah /

    I learned homemade is cheaper

  25. DEBIJOT /

    Items will stay fresh in the cooler, using the ice pack, for up to 12 hours.

  26. Monica Tompkins (@MnJSponsoredWed) /

    Its way cheaper and the become less picky!

  27. Rahel Moore /

    I make my own baby food, but it has been a bit more difficult with my 2nd child because he seems to be a little more sensitive to new foods. He gets a bit of a rash and then after a few days of eating that food he is ok. He is getting better and that helps a lot!
    Something that I learned while watching the video on the website and reading was that store bought food can cause children to become picky eaters! I am glad that I only purchased baby cereal and some cookies for my little ones because it just is too expensive and always seemed yucky to me! But knowing that kids can become picky due to eating it makes me glad I made food for both of my little ones from the beginning!

  28. “You can start making positive food associations right from the start. Tell your baby what he is eating. Let him touch, smell and explore the whole fruits and vegetables. He’ll love being part of the action.”

  29. Nicole Korson /

    I never considered all the benefits of feeding babies homemade!

  30. Jennifer C /

    It was pretty interesting to read how babies are less likely to be picky eaters as they get older when given homemade food with more flavor.

  31. amberlyn Johnson /

    I like the On-The-Go Cooler with Reusable Freezer Pack

  32. I like how its healthier to make your own baby food

  33. Ann Fudge Cluck /

    I love the on the go package!!

  34. David /

    I think I am going to accuse my wife of neglect after reading this:

    Store bought baby food, including the organic brands, has a shelf life of about 2 years! In order to achieve this shelf life, the food needs to be sterilized. This is accomplished by heating it to very high temperatures to ensure food safety. While necessary for shelf life this process kills vitamins, nutrients, taste, color, and aroma in the process. Homemade baby food is higher in nutrients, tastes far better than store bought, and has the enticing aroma that will make your baby excited about eating. It can retain most of its nutritional value, taste, color, texture and aroma because it is only lightly steamed and not overcooked. In fact, most ripe fruits can be pureed without cooking, leaving all of the precious nutrients intact!

  35. I like the On-The-Go Cooler with Reusable Freezer Pack

  36. Linda Kish /

    It shows some interesting combinations with pear puree, like pear and peas or potatoes. I can’t remember ever giving my son pureed pears as a baby (oh, so many years ago). Apparently, it is a great first food. How times have changed.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  37. It is so much more environmentally friendly to make your own food…..healthier too!

  38. Sandy VanHoey /

    Much cheper to make food. I remember as this stats, how man baby food jars we threw away because not much was eaten. Many, I could tell why so this is great.

  39. t’s important to avoid putting your personal food aversions onto your baby. My husband has a really strong anti-cheese thing going on, he can’t even handle being near it, but most babies and kids love cheese. Every time I give my boys something with cheese, I can see him ready to make a comment and I give him a little wink as a reminder not to say anything.

  40. Julie Lynn Bickham /

    I learned that the contents of the cooler will stay fresh with the frozen ice pack for up to 12 hours.

  41. natalia ellin /

    i learned that this is the cheaper way to feed your baby and also healthieer!!!

  42. Mary Beth Elderton /

    “In order to achieve this shelf life, the food needs to be sterilized. This is accomplished by heating it to very high temperatures to ensure food safety”–I have been reading a lot lately about the issues involved in heating foods to high temps.

  43. I learned that not only is homemade baby food healthier, but it is actually a whole lot cheaper too! Thanks so much for your giveaway!

  44. meredith /

    i learned Homemade baby food is the “green” choice – b/c you dont have jars to throw out!

  45. I didn’t have the recipes! Love it!