Your child’s health directly depends on food she eats. It is not surprising then that many people use baby food makers to be certain that food they prepare is both healthy and tasty. However, nothing is as simple as it seems…
- There are two principal types of baby food makers. First, there are machines that both cook and blend the food. Some of these food makers use only one bowl so that all you need to do to cook a cauliflower puree is to throw chopped veggies into the machine and add some water. Other all-in-one machines use two bowls: one for steaming and the other for blending. There is no doubt that all-in-one food makers are excellent time-saving devices; however, they usually do not come cheap.
- Second, there are blender-only food makers: these high-powered machines prepare smooth purees which are very easy to swallow; to use them you need to pre-cook your food using other kitchen utensils. These food makers are generally more affordable than all-in-one machines; however, they will not take away the burden of actual cooking. Just like your regular blenders the blender-only machines are subdivided into immersion and countertop blenders.
Pitfalls to avoid
- Always decide on machines that are easy to clean. Hard-to-reach areas are ideal for the growth of bacteria and fungi which can be highly detrimental to your kid’s health. Blender-only machines usually require less effort to clean them up than their all-in-one counterparts.
- Many all-in-one food makers feature numerous plastic parts that are continually exposed to hot steam. While the manufacturers claim that they only use highly reliable materials, there is still a risk of toxic compounds leaching out into the food. Therefore, cooking your meals on the stove top might be safer for your kid’s health.
- Baby food makers are really efficient when it comes to blending fine purees which are ideal for small children. However, for older kids you might be able to get by with a regular blender: there is no need to pay for added advantages you are not going to use.
Products to choose
- If you are determined to buy an all-in-one food maker, we recommend that you opt for the Cuisinart BFM-1000. Although this machine is not very low in price, it features a simple interface and prepares extremely smooth purees. The ability to warm bottles makes this baby food maker a real bargain.
- Among blender-only products such machines as the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend and the Baby Bullet are the best buy because of their moderate prices and excellent performance. What’s more both these machines are easy to use and easy to clean.
Things to consider
- People who have very little free time might benefit from buying commercial baby food products: you should not feel guilty about buying ready made products if this helps you to spend more time with your baby.
- Some baby food makers can also make milkshakes: this might come in handy when your kid grows older.