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Liza Huber’s Sage Spoonfuls Makes Homemade Baby Food a Breeze

01/09/2012 at 11:00 AM ET
Courtesy Sage Bears Books

For Liza Huber, making homemade baby food started as a family tradition — albeit one she was hesitant to take on.

“My mom [Susan Lucci] always made baby food for us when we were little, so I knew I wanted to do it for my own children one day,” she tells PEOPLE.

“When my son Royce was born, I knew it was something I wanted to do, but I had never cooked a thing in my life before.”

Using the advice of her father, a chef, and her pediatrician, Huber started by introducing her now 4-year-old to steamed carrots, eventually expanding her repertoire with the birth of her other children, 2-year-old son Brendan and 8-month-old daughter Hayden.

“I was really floored at how easy it was, and really started thinking about how there wasn’t anything on the market, a system that made it easy for moms,” she says. “That was really when I started mulling this idea around in my head.”

That idea became Sage Spoonfuls, a book of “preparation instructions” and accessories, including portable storage containers and a small blender, that instructs moms to spend one hour every two weeks creating baby food in bulk.

“If you can start feeding your baby homemade food right from the start, there’s less chance that they’re going to become a picky eater,” Huber says. “Homemade food is naturally what kids and babies want to eat because it smells so good and tastes so fresh, and teaching them about food and involving them in the process, that little extra bit of effort is so beneficial for them in the future.”

Furthermore, cooking homemade baby food benefits parents as much as it does children. “It’s the green choice,” Huber says. “Four million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and by the time each one of those babies is a year old, they’ll have eaten almost 600 jars or pouches of babyfood; that’s millions of tons of waste.”

“By making your own and storing it in Sage Spoonfuls containers, you’re not wasting any food, you’re not putting any baby food packaging into the environment,” she continues, adding that homemade is also the cost effective route. “Store-bought baby food can be more than three times as expensive.”

And for moms who remain unsure about tackling homemade cooking, Huber has a tip for how simple it can be.

“A wonderful place to start is just by mashing a banana,” she says. “When you really see how basic and easy it is, you’ll get hooked right away. Homemade baby food is not about an appliance, it’s about a lifestyle, and I really wanted to provide moms with all the tools they need to live this lifestyle in a really easy way.”

Kiran Hefa

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Pamela on

OMG IT’S GWEN FROM PASSIONS!!!!!! LOVE HER!

Shannon on

OOh this will be a great gift!

amw on

this lady is ridiculous. its very clear she had never cooked a thing in her life before her son was born. her recipes are all about smashing bananas and avocados or combining apples and berries together. shocking! i guess susan lucci has lots of money to throw at publicity for her daughter and her silly projects.

Y on

Why do people always act like they invented the wheel when they talk about making homemade baby food? I made my own as well, and you certainly don’t need any fancy gadgets or books with recipes. It is not that hard!

Tayla on

She said in the article, she’s never cooked until her son was born.

ASL on

I think it’s hilarious that she says she was shocked at how easy it was AND that there was no system on the market at that time – meaning you don’t need a system BECAUSE IT’S SO EASY. And yet we’re now supposed to buy her system.

I’ve made all my kids’ baby food, and there’s absolutely no need to buy any “system.” If you have a blender and a couple of ice cube trays, you’re all set.

KatieKate on

She mashed bananas and avocados… and we should buy a book about it. Wow. Genius.

Maybe her next book should be about how to make ice cubes.

RKF on

@KatieKate – LOL! I’ll be sure to buy the ice cube making book.

And can someone explain to me how this is a “lifestyle”? Cavemen knew how to mash fruits and vegetables – it’s common sense, right? So I’m unsure of how this is any different than say, making guacamole – which I don’t consider a lifestyle change.

meme on

I have to agree with the comments. I never understood why anyone would need to get a book on how to prepare baby food. cook veggie. blend veggie, and freeze in a ice cube tray. not exactly rocket science.

katie on

yikes, heres a thought, baby led weaning, babies don’t need “mashed baby food” just give them age appropriate foods from the dinner table, they learn to feed themselves. food is fun until they are 1.. :D

Maryann on

Wait, what happens when they turn 1, Katie? I’ve heard about baby led weaning recently and am curious about it.

acorr on

I can’t believe she has 3 kids now, I remember her from Passions!!! This plan she’s marketing sure has been over done. But as hard as it may be to believe, there are people out there who have absolutely no clue where to begin.

I never needed mixers, blenders or ice cube trays. I nursed and whatever I made for a meal got mashed with my fork or sliced and diced for the baby/kids to eat.

I would also buy an occasional jar of baby food…GASP…that’s right, sometimes I just needed to grab a jar or container of apple sauce, personally I LOVE the banana’s. Some of my girlfriends had no idea nor the energy to make their baby’s food, so they didn’t, they bought it…big deal.

Dee on

When she was on Passions, I never thought she looked like her mom….but this photo clearly shows the resemblance between Liza and Susan. She definitely has her mom’s smile.

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