Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker review

Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker review

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babycookbabeaWhen 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!

14 thoughts on “Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker review”

  1. Dang that sounds like my kind of cooking! I burn everything too and every time I bring something for potlucks everyone is timid to try mine. I wish grown ups ate pureed food too Mel! We would be rock stars then!

  2. I tell you, when we got this I almost considered having a baby just so I could use this! This is one impressive machine. Mel, I’m so glad you’re liking it.

    The reason I looked it up? I saw it on Tori Spelling’s kitchen counter in an episode of her show!

    .-= stef´s last blog ..I heart the LA County Fair =-.

  3. Hilarious, Cori! (and I love your new pic by the way) I’ve never admitted this one, but my potluck dishes are always the most full ones left at the end of the meal!! And I’ve taken TONS of gourmet cooking classes – my problem is I should be taking your basic how to cook a chicken class and then I’d be set. Anyways, if anyone finds this article who’s wavering on that Babycook decision, let me just say you DO need this! If you think it’s good enough that you can steam veggies in your regular pans and then throw it in the separate blender, etc, etc and save the money – you probably won’t do it! It is so convenient and easy to have this all in one machine that is totally fool-proof – as long as you put the water in -yeah, that almost happened to me one night! This machine is wonderful and worth every penny – 5 stars!

  4. Stef – a little mini-you is just what this world needs! Not that I’m trying to get you to join the ranks of new mommy or anything =) But watch out – Kellyanne was my spittin image at first and now she looks exactly like Daddy! But you also have an awfully handsome hubby, so it’s all good. It’s really fun actually, especially as the personality starts to form – and that’s coming from parents who never thought we wanted kids! We’re completely smitten even when she’s screaming her head off. Anyways, I wonder if Tori actually uses her Babycook herself – or does she have a gourmet chef pureeing her food?!

  5. That sounds so cool! Since i’m probably not having a kid anytime soon, this is a great gift to keep in mind for the next baby that comes around. It would be a perfect split gift if you didn’t like the person enough to foot the entire $150.
    Good luck to you and Kellyanne in your new homemade organic babyfood adventure!!!

  6. Why wasn’t this around when my little ones were babies? I actually tried making homemade baby food once. It was a ton of work and I never did it again after that, but this looks so much easier to do.

  7. That stresses me out to even read how much work it was, Tiff! Yep, this is really easy – and there’s no guessing on what to make with the recipe book. You can either go it alone if you have your own ideas or follow the easy recipes.

    Thanks Winnie! She’s going to need luck too for sure, what with her dad trying to feed her lettuce and ribs tonight – not Babycooked! The divorce attorney almost got called on that one – geez. And I totally agree -it’d be the perfect split gift – even if you do like the person alot – ha ha!

  8. Ha – one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes would be perfect for this baby food maker! Stef picked up a recipe over the years for a Sweet Potato/Carrot puree (with lots of cream and butter I believe) that would be so light and fluffy with a Beaba – we’ll have to send you the recipe.
    .-= Tyna Werner´s last blog ..Weekly Deal-lights – Emmy edition =-.

  9. Ooh yes, Tyna, please send me that recipe! I’ll make it for us adults in the Babycook at least for Thanksgiving dinner…maybe I could get away with feeding it to the peanut even, since she’ll be on some solids by then! Lord knows she gets enough butter and cream anyways from my diet!! yum!!!

  10. Ok, so why the sweet potato and carrot recipe may not work is size, first of all…4 potatos plus would never fit. Maybe 1 potato and then cut the rest of the ingredients down 3/4s. Also, you would have to throw all the ingredients in at the same time (at least the potatos and carrots) at the beginning and they could only steam then, not bake. After the steaming function and before blending you could add the rest of the ingredients. It may not turn out as good if it’s important to bake the potato and pan cook the carrots before combining. I don’t want to screw the recipe up for the family, so I’m definitely going to try the whole amount the regular way and if I have time I’ll try a small amount in the babycook and report back! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Oh, and Kellyanne is one week away from going on solids!!

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