I’ve been making baby food for years, but this past week it’s been really fun thanks to the NUK FreshFoods Cook-n-Blend Baby Food Maker, which I was sent to review. I’ve never owned a baby food maker before, but the idea of a machine that could both steam and puree baby food appealed to me, so I gave it a try! The result has been fantastic, and we are actually all eating “baby food” now – that’s a delicious potato spinach soup in the top photo. I’ve always wanted an easy way to make small quantities of creamed soups – now I have it!
This photo shows what we got in the mail: the baby food maker, instruction booklet, and a few recipes by Annabel Karmel. The blender cup is large enough to make soup to feed a couple of adults (if you choose to use it that way – we have!), and overall I really like the design. You add fruits and veggies to the steamer basket, add your water (I do wish the fill line were a bit easier to see), put the cap on the water portion and the lid on the main compartment, and push a button. It steams the food and beeps when it’s done. Then you dump your fruits and veggies out of the basket and blend with the water from steaming. This little machine has an awesome safety feature that I actually think all blenders should have: it will ONLY turn on if the lid is on! This is great for parents with curious children, and it guarantees that sleep-deprived parents won’t wind up with blended food all over the kitchen. I do wish the lid to the water container were easier to open – maybe if it had a grab ring attached? As is, I usually stick a spoon under the cap to pop it off once it is unscrewed.
We tried out Annabel Karmel’s banana blueberry recipe, and it was delicious! I think I may have eaten as much as Anna did! We also love steaming apples and strawberries (you can steam the apples first, then add the strawberries since they don’t need as much cooking time), sometimes with a little oatmeal added in. Seven-year-old Emma has been taking this combination to school in a reusable food pouch!
I’m so glad I got to try this product out – it is something I see us using for years, not just while Anna is eating pureed foods. I think I may invest in some Freshfoods Stackable Cubes as well.
Do you make your own baby food? Are you interested in this baby food maker?
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