I haven't tried jarred baby foods yet, I make everything fresh- but I'm guessing homemade fresh baby food is healthier then jarred foods. First of all, the food is fresh and if you get the veggies and fruits from your garden (or someone's garden) or buy it organic you know that it's super healthy. They put preservatives and chemicals in baby food, that's why it always tastes sweeter and better (to adults) then homemade foods. I started her on cereal at four months (cereal and oats) so I obviously bought the cereal, but I make her veggies homemade. So far I have made carrots, squash and sweet potato. They eat so little (only a couple tablespoons a meal), and if you freeze properly it can last up to 3 months without going bad, therefore it's a money saver too. It's easy to make too- peal, wash, steam, cut, puree with some water.