Homemade Babyfood with Beaba Babycook from Williams-Sonoma?
I'm interested in taking on the challenge of making my own babyfood...I'm curious if anyone has used the Beaba Babycook? Is it worth the $$? Should you just use the tools that you already have at home (i.e., food processor, food mill, stick blender, etc.)? Or since the time the little one eats purees is short, just purchase good quality jarred babyfood? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
I don't know about the Beaba Babycook but any of those you listed (food processor, mill, stick blender) would work fine. Even a masher would work. And, yes, the amount of time little ones eat baby food isn't worth spending a lot of money of fancy appliances.
Same as chowser, I am not familiar with how Beaba Babycook results but DON'T DO IT! The time of puree is soooo short. A good steamer, blender, and sieve will do the job. After that it's all up to how creative you would like to get.
Enjoy the baby!
I echo the previous two posters comments-all you need is a steamer basket and a food processor or blender and some ice cube trays to free ze everything in. If you have a food mill-all the better but it is not necessary. It is helpful in that baby can eat what you are eating on any given meal: meat, veggies, etc., without taking something out of the freezer. My daughter is 7 mos old and she has eaten everything that we have made ourselves: brown rice cereal, pureed beets, pureed flank steak, zucchini/squash, carrots, apples, peas, sweet potatatoes, italian sausage, etc. The cookbook from Williams Sonoma is worth the money for recipes and ideas bu not the Beaba Babycook.
I have the Babycook, and I love it. I made my own baby food before with a reg. processor, steamer, etc., but I love that I only have one small bowl to clean after. It cooks and processes all in one piece - and can reheat frozen or refrigerated food. I also like that it times itself, meaning I don't have to watch over it. It was expensive, but it was worth it to me. My son is 9 months old, and as he gets older, I just puree/process the food less to leave it "chunky"...which I think gets more use out of the machine, past the totally pureed baby stage. Is it necessary? No, but I sure do enjoy having it.
I convinced my sister in law to make her own because she had this gorgeous cuisinart food processer from her wedding that she hadn't touched. Hayden loves the homemade baby food. I just recommend adding the steaming water to the veggies or fruit when mashing or pureeing because it's high in water soluble vitamins that have leeched out of the veggies or fruit.