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When I received Stef’s email asking if I’d review the famed Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker for my newborn Kellyanne, I had feelings that were mixed with elation and intimidation! You don’t just turn down the opportunity to receive this most coveted baby shower gift of all, yet, let’s be honest – I haven’t reached in the cupboard for a pan since the stick turned blue. My husband would laugh hysterically if he were reading this, because he’d say I barely used any pans well before that. My mom would tell you that I burn water. If my dog could talk, he’d tell you about how he runs under the bed when I turn the stove on (he gets scared from that silly old smoke alarm that is so overly sensitive). What this all “boils” down to is that this baby food maker had to be easy to use – really, really easy. Ladies, this thing is the best invention since the early pregnancy test!
I wish grown-ups ate pureed food, so I could use it exclusively all the time. It is probably the easiest cooking experience I’ve ever had – the only skill you need is chopping – and even that doesn’t have to be good because you’re just going to blend the food after it’s steamed. As the company says, Babycook has been “specifically designed to prepare healthy meals for your baby, simply and rapidly. Babycook cooks, reheats and defrosts food by steaming, which locks in the vitamins.”
Beaba was founded in 1989 by Jean-Louis Berchet, chairman of a leading French toy manufacturer. This groundbreaking PVC and BPA-free original baby food maker is a countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster. It steam cooks vegetables, fruits, even meats in less than 15 minutes, while preserving their vitamins and flavors. It then purees and blends the food to the desired consistency, and it couldn’t be easier.
For my first test of the Babycook, I just chopped up a Grannie Smith apple and threw it in the cooking bowl. The same bowl is used to measure the water to level 1, 2, or 3. You turn the switch to steam, and the Babycook knows how long to steam based on the amount of water you poured in. It also turns off on its own, so even I can’t screw it up!
Each meal makes about 4-5 servings, so you can separate and freeze portions saving lots of time. Oh, and the Beaba Multiportion accessory (sold separately) is the perfect, for-baby-food-only storage container, so that you can always find it in the depths of your freezer!
Now if you’re put off by the $150 price tag, know this: I’ve learned that those jars of baby food will run you at least $10 per week, and closer to $20 if you’re going organic. With the Babycook, you can just throw a small portion of whatever you’re cooking for dinner into the steamer, and baby eats what you eat. Oh and the Babycook includes 12 recipes from famous French nutritionist Agnes Mignonac, that offer a wide variety of flavors appropriate for children aged 5 months through 3 years old.
When you are done with your meal and ready to clean up… there is basically no clean up! Every part to be washed can go in the top rack of the dishwasher. The final straw that convinced me I’d be using this when Kellyanne goes on solids in 4 months was the taste test. We tasted the applesauce and the dinners and they were delicious. Best of all, we gave them to a friend’s one year old, who gobbled them up, as well. In fact, her mom went out the next day and purchased one herself!
Any other Beaba Babycook devotees out there? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this highly-acclaimed product!
Wht contributor Mel is a brand new Mommy to the absolutely adorable Kellyanne. Beyond her new Mom duties, Mel is an avid makeup junkie and a junior high science teacher. Beauty, brains and the appreciation of a nice, cold beer – just what we want in a wht author!
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