I’ve had multiple new mommies in the past few months ask me about making baby food purees. It really is SO simple… it’s just finding the time to get it all done that can be a little daunting! I truly believe it is so worth it though. Your little one won’t be getting all the preservatives and other bad “stuff” that store bought food has.
I did a lot of research about what system I wanted to use to make our purees. There are a lot of options out there, and by all means, you should check them all out! You could use a food processor, the Magic Bullet, hand blender, etc. I tried my food processor and hand blender, but they didn’t blend smooth enough for baby puree. So after trial and error, I decided on the Beaba Babycook (you can find it here, on Amazon) for our needs! I have LOVED it!
The Beaba Babycook steams and purees your baby’s food all in one system. To make pureed vegetables or fruits, all you have to do is put water in the tank (the guide tells you how much to put in), steam the food in the basket, remove the basket, and puree! It really is so simple!
The parts are dishwasher safe, but as with anything, the more you put it in the dishwasher, the more wear you will experience. I primarily hand wash my Beaba parts.
The water tank has to be “descaled” periodically by adding a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1/2 white vinegar to the tank. Let the solution sit in the tank overnight, or around 8 hours, empty, and then run the steam cycle twice. I used my system 4 months before this became something I had to do, and I use it at least twice a week!
I have been using the Beaba Babycook system for more than four months now, and I can honestly say there is only one negative I have found with it. Sometimes I need to make bigger batches of food than what the basket can hold. I have the 4.5 cup version. There is another version called the Beaba Babycook Plus. This system holds up to 9.4 cups, but it is also quite a bit bigger. If money and storage is not a problem for you, I would say, “Go for the Plus!”
When making your own baby food, you can easily use ice cube trays to freeze purees. Each ice cube slot is 1 oz. I have also used the Wee Sprout food trays and Wee Sprout reusable food pouches! Their food trays are silicone, so there is less sticking when you are trying to remove the frozen cube. The food pouches are reusable and dishwasher safe! For travel and feeding baby on the go, I have really liked the OXO Baby Block Set. You can freeze, heat, and feed baby all from the same container!
How did you make your baby food? Have you tried one of the Beaba systems? Did I miss any AMAZING bits of advice for making baby puree? Let me know your thoughts!
To check out our favorite baby puree combinations, go to another of my posts: Baby Puree Combinations.
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So until next time,