When it’s time to start your baby on solid foods, the thought of preparing your own homemade baby food can seem a bit daunting at first. You may be wondering if you even have the time! In addition, you may also be wondering “what tools do I need”, and “do I really need a baby food blender or baby food puree machine?”
Most of us have limited counter top space in our kitchen, and the number of appliances out there can be quite overwhelming. So do you really need a baby food blender plus a food processor to make baby food? In this article we give you our top tips for choosing the right tools for making homemade baby food.
The Essential Tools of Home-Made Baby Food
Before you rush out to buy a baby food blender or food processor, check and see what you already have in your kitchen. Often we can make do with the basics without splurging on special baby gadgets. But if you really need to go shopping then the following are the essential tools:
1. A Steamer
Your first step to making homemade baby food is to cook your vegetables and some fruit. A steamer is a really convenient way to do this. Steaming is the best method of cooking as it preserves all those nutrients found in fresh fruit and veggies that your baby needs. Plus steaming is fast and efficient, and you can use the remaining water to thin your purees to your, or your baby’s preferred texture.
2. Using A Blender For Pureeing Baby Food
Blenders are one of the most common kitchen appliances and don’t take up too much space. They are ideal for using as a puree machine, to turn soft cooked vegetables and fruits into healthy baby purees. Their single blade is perfect for crushing ice and turning fruit into amazing smoothies. However, a blender is limited to making smoothies, purees or soups.
3. A Food Processor
You may be wondering “can I use a regular food processor to make baby food?” And the answer is yes. A food processor is a real multitasking machine. The variety of attachments they come with means that it can chop, dice, slice, shred and even puree a variety of raw vegetables and other foodstuffs. While a processor may take some time to make your baby’s puree really smooth, they are ideal to use as a baby solid food maker. You can use a processor to explore different textures as your baby gets older.
But How Can Mums Save Time and Space?
What if you can do everything, both cook and blend, with one appliance? The Cherub Baby Steamer Blender Baby Food Maker and Processor will steam, cook and blend your food. In addition, this baby food processor and cooker can be used to sterilise your bottles and all your baby feeding accessories. With an LCD screen, we think this is the best baby food blender and steamer that gives you maximum control over how you prepare your baby’s food. It is an all-in-one unit, so you don’t have to dig out any separate appliances or equipment.
Our baby food blender and steamer is designed to cook your baby’s food in the healthiest way possible. Steaming preserves all the natural vitamins and nutrients. Plus the powerful baby food blender and processor will puree steamed fruit and vegetables in seconds. And as your baby gets older, the blender gives you control over the texture of your baby food, so that they an explore different foods from smooth purees to more chunky textures.
Our baby food blender and steamer is suitable for preparing a variety of steamed vegetables, or for blending fresh fruits. Check out some easy and delicious recipes here.
Are Baby Food Makers Worth The Money?
While an all-in-one baby food maker may seem like an extra expense, you will probably be using this long after baby doesn’t need purees anymore. This best baby food maker can still be used to steam veggies and make sauces, soups or purees. In addition, homemade baby food works out so much cheaper than store bought baby food, so a baby food maker will have paid for itself in no time.
Is It Safe To Steam Your Baby’s Food In A Microwave?
A microwave has become one of the biggest time-saving devices in the kitchen, but not without some controversy. There are concerns about the safety of microwaves. However, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), if you follow a few simple guidelines then there’s nothing wrong with using a microwave to steam your baby’s food.
Always use a microwave-safe container and cover the food with a lid. After steaming, beware of hotspots that could burn your baby’s mouth. Food cooks unevenly in a microwave so always make sure you stir the food through to distribute the heat evenly. After the food has cooked through and has been blended, make sure to leave it to cool to a baby-ready temperature.
So Which Is Best For You?
So now you may be wondering which is the best blender for baby puree for you? A blender for pureeing baby food, a food processor, or an all-in-one Steamer Blender baby food maker? This is completely up to you of course… and maybe you already have a puree blender or food processor in your kitchen?
At the end of the day your budget, food preparation preferences, storage and most importantly, your time will be the deciding factors.
Remember that one of the factors to take into account when you buy all the tools you need to prepare your baby’s food, is the size of them. Cleaning so many utensils can be time wasting, and not having space to store them can complicate your day to day errands.