Thinking about making your own baby food? When I first started making my own baby food I ran right out and bought a baby sized food processor. I absolutely loved it! I found it to be so convenient for baby sized snacks and meals.But are they for everyone? For some of us, well, you can easily get away with using an ordinary blender. For those of us with regular kitchen sized food processors, you can certainly use those as well however more suited to making large batches. But what are the benefits of using a baby food processor? Why on earth would anyone need one?
As I mentioned, using a regular blender or food processor to make baby food works great for moms who like to make great big batches of baby food recipes, and then freeze them all in individual portions. This method is great! It's a time saver and a money saver if you don't have he funds to shell out on yet another kitchen gadget.
But what about the times when you want to create a quick snack? What about when you want to puree a baby sized meal of fresh fruit like bananas or peaches, that wouldn't fare well with a freeze and thaw? THAT is where I found the baby food processor to be invaluable. And before I knew it I was making most of my baby meals in small portions and on the fly. p> Making your baby food on the spot really isn't as hard or inconvenient as it would seem at first glance. There is indeed a trick to it and takes planning.
Breakfast is easy. I'd just puree a simple fruit. Strain the fruit if necessary. Mix in a little baby cereal to go with it. Viola!
Lunch wasn't too bad either. For starters I just kept fresh leftovers every night and lunch too. I knew my baby would need lunch at a certain time of day, so I made lunch for both of us! It forced me to eat super healthy too, which is a plus. I would cook baked or broiled or grilled chicken and some steamed veggies. Things like that. Pop em' right into the baby food processor and have instantly fresh homemade baby food.
Another great tip is to make it a ritual to cook little baby meals along side your own dinner. I used little tiny oven crockpots and sometimes little tinfoil packets. You can prepare two or three of these and have them in the fridge ready to pop in the oven at any moments notice. Usually you will only have to cook them for about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the types of food you're cooking.
What you do is cut up some veggies and meats and wrap them in a tinfoil packet. Bake this packet in the oven. The times will vary depending on what you are cooking. Once the food is done cooking just pop it into the baby food processor with a little water or chicken stock and puree. Viola! You've got a great healthy meal for a baby. Now that's and easy way to make baby food.
I want to show you all what is available out there and maybe for those of you who have tried these baby food processors, you can leave your own little review and comments on the products. I'm sure we'd all love to know!
I love this food processor! It really does a great job of blending the food until super smooth. What I really like is that you can make the food and then take the top off and feed right from the bowl you made it in. Of course, you want to take any out food for later storage before you start feeding. I thought this was a very good buy and would recommend it to anyone.
This is a basic starter kit. If I had known about this back when I was purchasing my baby food processor I probably would have bought this. It comes with both the electric mill and a small storage tray. This would be a great buy or even a great gift!
The Beaba Babycook is an all in one super baby food maker. This little babycook not only processes your homemade baby food, but it is also a steamer, food warmer, and defroster!
This baby food processor and homemade food starter kit is complete with everything you need to start making and storing your baby's meals. It's the "Let's Get Started" Package with Immersion Blender and Food Processor, Storage Jars, Trays, and Recipe Book. A great value!
If you've tried one of the baby food processors above, or even a different one, tell us about it! We'd love to hear your opinions, comments, tips, and suggestions.