If you're in the market for a homemade baby food maker, I would highly recommend the BabyCook! I had never heard of it before receiving it as a gift and was just planning on purchasing a regular food processor to get the job done.
What makes the BabyCook different from other systems is that not only will it purée foods, but it will steam them as well! The directions that come with the BabyCook are pretty lacking so I did some research on YouTube to make sure I made the food correctly. There are plenty of how-to videos which were very helpful.
My main concern was how much food I could cook at one time. The directions don't give amounts and I wanted to make sure I wasn't over-filling the machine. Turns out, it really doesn't matter how much food you put in the machine, as long as it all fits in the steaming basket!
I was able to get one chopped up sweet potato in the basket.
Using the BabyCook is really easy. Depending on what kind of food you're cooking, you have to add either one, two or three measures of water into the steaming reservoir. The measures are labeled on the blending bowl, taking the guesswork out of measuring.
To steam the food, I filled the reservoir with the correct amount of water, put the chopped sweet potatoes in the steaming basket, popped on the lid and turned the dial left to steam.
A majority of foods will take three measures of water to steam, and will take about 15 minutes. What's so great about the BabyCook is that it will turn off automatically after it's finished cooking. So no need to babysit the machine, you can walk away and do whatever while it's working!
After the food finished steaming I pulled out the steaming basket and poured the sweet potatoes in to the blending bowl. Note: There will be some cooking liquid at the bottom of the blending bowl after steaming. I poured out most of it before adding the sweet potatoes.
I then put the mixing lid and regular lid on the machine and turned the dial to the right to purée.
And now you have a very simple and easy to make baby purée! Freshly made baby food will only last a few days in the fridge, but will last a few months if frozen. I purchased the Tovolo Perfect Cube silicone ice cube trays to freeze all my purées in.
These ice cube trays are great! Each cube holds one ounce of baby food, so it's really easy to keep track of how much baby eats. I also have the Beaba Multiportions freezer trays, which are a lot larger and there's no way Harry would eat that much food right now. They'll be perfect for when he gets older though.
I froze the sweet potatoes over night and in the morning transferred them to a freezer bag for storage.
|This is two sweet potatoes worth of baby food cubes|
When I defrost a cube I will probably add a little formula to thin out the purées while also adding a familiar taste and extra nutrition.
I really enjoyed making the baby food. Yesterday I made zucchini and carrot purées, too! Next on my list is yellow squash I think. And then maybe green beans.
The Beaba BabyCook is a really wonderful baby food maker. I love that it steams the food for you. Steaming is the best way to cook vegetables because it allows for the most nutrients to be preserved. And the fact that it automatically turns off when the food is done steaming is a mom's dream! Multitasking is important to all moms and the BabyCook makes it possible.
I think part of the reason I'm so passionate about making my own baby food is because the breastfeeding thing didn't work out. By making all my own foods I know exactly what Harry's eating. No scary, unpronounceable ingredients like a lot of the pre-made baby foods have.
I'll let you guys know what Harry thinks about the sweet potatoes!
Disclaimer: I was gifted the Beaba BabyCook but was not compensated in anyway for this review. All opinions are my own. I wouldn't be opposed to doing a sponsored post, though :).