Seeking Baby food processor advices
- Chemicalkinetics Nov 24, 2012 07:03 AM
I am thinking about buying something to process/make home made baby food, but I have no idea where to start. I read a few posts here and am still undecided.
The larger question is to choose between: a mini food processor, a blender and a food mill. Which one do you think will do a better job?
The more specific question is: which model?
Currently, I am leaning toward, mini food processor like this Cuisinart one, but I do not have a strong preference:
I used the $9 mini I picked up at Walmart. Minimal cupboard space used, easy to clean between foods, plus the small size meant I could do just a little bit at a time.
I just used a handheld manual food mill. Small enough to fit in my purse for dining out but sturdy enough to process large batches for fruits and veggies for freezing. If I was really ambition I used my immersion blender (large amount of apple sauce, pumpkin puree, etc)
Keep in mind that babies don't need "special" food, they just need the right consistency. My son ate whatever I ate* processed thru the mill. This is similar to what I had:
*within reason. No honey or nuts at first. No processed foods, etc
I never used more than a fork or potato masher for making baby food. I never made huge batches in case DD didn't like whatever it was. There's really nothing I can think of that you'll need that much power for unless you plan on pureeing meat. I never "mashed" meat. At most I cut it up very tiny, but she wasn't much of a meat eater anyway. Still isn't 3 years later.
YEARS ago, when original neighbor's daughter was just starting to eat "people" food, they use what was probably handheld food mill described by FoodieX2. Remember that baby (now closing in on 35 yo) gobbling up what we were eating... grilled zukes (fresh from their garden) and bluefish (only out of the ocean a few hours). Frankly, it was pretty GROSS looking... kinda gray/ green from bluefish/zukes... but REALd, not out of a jar, no preservatives, etc. Seem to remember it may have been able to do really fine or coarser grind... came apart easily and right into dishwasher.
Thanks guys. I will look into these suggestions. I am looking to get a gift for my friend who has just had a five month old baby.
I'm down on single use baby products so I'd definitely go with the mini food processor. I use mine almost daily, years after my baby feeding days.
My first kid ate pretty much anything mashed with a fork. Second one screamed bloody murder if you tried to give him mush. He saw his brother eating real food and wouldn't accept anything less. We cut up chunks and he gnawed away happily. Messy as hell.