There are a few products that you don’t know you need until after you have a baby. The Beaba Babycook is certainly one of these products!
Emily was determined to make homemade baby food for Madeline. After all, she makes food for Bruce in the crock pot and then purees it in the food processor – how hard could it be? Well, actually the cooking and purée process takes a long time, so the Babycook is a life saver! Sherrie loved making homemade food for Logan and he loved it too!
Emily’s sister had the Classic Babycook for her first baby, Jack, who is now almost 4! Since then there have been a few versions of this. Sherrie used the newer version – the Beaba Babybook Pro 2x. She loved the ability to steam twice the veggies at once, however, you can still only blend one side with the Beaba Pro 2x. After hearing her input, my opinion is the Classic is the way to go! It doesn’t hold as much as food, but it still gets the job done and is cheaper than the other options (the Pro and Pro 2x).
Here’s a quick run down of how it works. You chop up the fruit or veggie you want to purée. If it’s something with a high water content like zucchini or apple, fill the container to 1. If it is not high water content like squash or potato, fill to 3. Pour the water in the steamer reservoir on the left and your veggie/fruit you’re making – peeled and chopped – to the steamer basket on the right. Turn the knob to steam and let it go. Usually about 7 minutes later it will beep to let you know it is done and you’re ready to rock and roll!
Since I’m making purees for Madeline’s first foods it was important to me that they be a good consistency and not too thick. I chose to keep all the cooking liquids in them. Once it’s done, you dump the contents of the steamer basket in and hold the knob to purée to desired consistency – then you’re done!
I chose to freeze them in 1 inch cubes using a silicone ice cube tray. Once fully frozen I put each variety I made in their own Ziploc and they went back into the freezer. I made zucchini, sweet potato, carrot and acorn squash. I estimate this is good for almost the first month of trying solids. When she is ready for solids you can also use the Babycook to defrost and reheat the food making the Babycook a 4 in 1 baby food maker – steam, puree, defrost and reheat! We both love it!
What we also love about this machine is how easy and quick it was to use. When it all was said and done it takes about 45 minutes to make everything. My only cost was the produce – so about $4. Plus it’s super healthy for my girl! I imagine this machine probably saved 2-3 hours of prep, cook and blend time! Clean up is also quick and easy as the parts are dishwasher safe (top rack only). For a working mom who relies on meal prep that’s precious time I get back to spend with my daughter. I feel like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship for the Babycook and I!
Do you make your own food for baby? What are some of your tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments!