My workplace has had a constant stream of new babies over the past few years. There's never a shortage of advice, always with the best of intentions, and the sharing of ideas. Which is how I brought this home.
I'd been looking at various baby food makers, but just couldn't take the plunge. They are kind of expensive particularly when you consider the short period of time that a baby eats purees. And honestly, I'm hoping that we can wean Scout toward eating basically what we eat as soon as we can. Baby purees seem kind of gross.
So, I brought home the Beaba originally owned by one friend who lent it to another and now to me. And when I bring it back it will likely go to the next expecting member of the department.
At the risk of sounding like Ron Popeil, you just set it and forget it, and then in a little bit you have ready to eat baby food made from fresh ingredients without preservatives and all of that stuff.
It's pretty slick really, but the instructions that came with it and the few accompanying recipes left much to be desired.
Here's how it works:
Start with some fresh fruit and vegetables. On this particular day, we had just returned from our early October trip to the apple orchard.
Peel and chop the fruits and vegetables.
Throw the fruit into the basket. Pour water into the side compartment. Lock the lids and turn it on. In a 10 or so minutes you'll have steamed fruit. Pour the water out, but reserve it for thinning the pureed mix.
Return the fruit/ vegetables to the bottom portion of the machine (with the blade). You can add other fruits here, such as a banana which doesn't need to be steamed.
That's the reserved water in the glass. You can use breastmilk or formula to thin as well, but the reserved water will contain some of the nutrients lost during the steaming process. Now blend them up to your desired thickness.
You may need to let it cool a bit before serving, but when it's ready feed your baby.
I made a larger batch, and froze in individual portions using an ice cube tray. They make special containers for this as well.
I also made some baby purees using a rice cooker and the Cuisinart. For a big batch, it's much easier to use standard kitchen appliances. And I don't think that the baby food maker is necessary, but it's nice that when you are finished, you only have one bowl to clean. If you make your food in batches, it would likely be a cost savings to make your own organic foods. The truth is I haven't made as much of her food as I would have liked.
We've been slowly introducing different foods, and so far, she's been pretty good at eating most everything we've offered. As we developed a repertoire of new foods, I started making blends. She likes pretty much anything blended with either pears or apples.