When we first started solids, I was using jarred food to get Scarlett used to it. The rule of thumb is to introduce a new food and wait 3 days before introducing a new one, so you can make sure baby has no reaction to it.
The first food we ever tried was green beans. Scarlett hysterically cried because she had no idea what to do at first, then she became a pro at eating and was shoving the spoon into her mouth. She couldn't get enough of it.
First time ever trying solid foods. What a mess!
Not long after, I started using the Baby Bullet that my sister-in-law gave me for a baby shower gift. It's very easy to use and you can make your own baby food and save so much money. Two apples and one banana make 5 meals. You can feed baby essentially 5 times for under $1.
Making the purees is so simple. You can make any combination you want. I make apples and bananas, carrots and spinach, and most recently I made banana and avocados. I only use organic items. The only baby food Scarlett doesn't like so far is peas. If I mix them with other fruits and veggies, she will eat it. Cut up the fruit or veggies after peeling them and put them into a steamer. I don't have a steamer, so I use a metal colander over a bowl of water. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to low and put a pot cover over the colander. It works just as well as a regular steamer! I stir the food around and steam for about 10 minutes.
After the pieces cool, you put them into the Baby Bullet with 1/4 cup of water and blend until smooth. You can use your own storage containers or the ones that the Bullet comes with, although they only give you so many. I recently bought my own BPA free storage containers so I can make bigger batches at once since Scarlett eats solid meals 3x a day now. She's a great eater and loves meal time.
You'll feel happy knowing that your child is eating only the fruit or vegetable with no added ingredients or anything artificial. You'll be able to save so much money too!