Today I’m going to share a baby food makers review. Baby food makers are devices that both steam and puree food. They’re an all-in-one baby food making device, called baby food makers.
Baby food makers changed my life.
When my son Ben first started eating solids, I thought it would be easy. I thought I’d just cook up some food and puree it. What should have taken half an hour (I thought) ended up taking over 2 hours (I tried roasting a sweet potato and it took forever to bake, then it needed to be pureed, and then it ended up going bad after a few days in the fridge.)
My first experience of trying to make baby food was so time consuming, for me I just didn’t think making baby food would be an option moving forward.
So off to the store I went and purchased some baby food.
Well, come to find out my son had a sensitivity to citric acid (a perfectly safe preservative, but one that gave him a rash on his chest and tummy.)
Then someone suggested I look into a baby food maker. I admit, I was skeptical. Another kitchen appliance? But I got one and made a batch of baby food with it. IT WAS SO EASY!! It completely changed my life. I’ve been making Ben’s food now for over a year, and I’ve tried various devices because I’m so in love with them. So here is my review:
What Are Baby Food Makers and How to Use Them?
Baby food makers are devices that both steam and purée, an all-in-one baby food–making device. They’re not just a smaller blender or food processor (some reviews you’ll see online include baby food processors only, I don’t get why they include these in their lists, that is not a baby food maker!). Baby food makers have a heating and steaming mechanism that cooks food, and then a blending mechanism that purées the cooked food.
“Water Level” Devices: This type has two parts: (1) a steamer basket where you deposit the food and (2) a water tank or reservoir that you fill with water; the level of water depends on what is being cooked. The water steams the food, and when the food is done cooking, you pour the food from the steamer basket into the blending bowl, which has a blade it in, and then you blend the food. There is one button you press to steam and a knob you turn to blend. Brands include BEABA Babycook, QOOC Mini Baby Food Maker.
“Fillable Tank” and : This type of baby food maker does it all in one compartment. It doesn’t have a basket. You put the food into the compartment (that has blades at the bottom) and water in the water tank. The water tank just needs to be full; you don’t need to pour it to different levels depending on what you’re cooking. This type of baby food maker has a cook-time function and blend function that needs to be programmed prior to cooking, and then the cooking and blending happen in that same compartment. Brands include Baby Brezza Small Baby Food Maker, Babymoov Baby Food Maker.
Both types of baby food makers are great. They are set-it-and-forget-it type of machines, usually with only 5 minutes of prep time, and the longest cook time you’ll encounter is 25 minutes. You fill the machine with water, put the food you’re cooking into the machine, and press one button or program it, and you can walk away until it’s done.
I’ve used many times of baby food makers, and will say that I have a clear favorite: the BEABA Babycook Baby Food Maker. This is because it’s the easiest, set-it-and-forget it of the machines. All you do is pour the water into the reservoir tank to a certain level (1, 2, or 3) and then put the food in the steamer basket and hit one button, that’s it! With other machines you have to know what to set the timer too. With the water level baby food maker, it’s pretty easy to figure out, and really you can cook anything on the highest level (3) and be fine, so there’s no wondering how long to cook something. Also, the BEABA Babycook has a steamer basket, as you get more advanced with your cooking, you can even make things in a ramekin and the ramekin fits in the steamer basket.
I have been getting really creative with recipes made in a baby food maker. Even though Ben eats solids at this point, I still make apple sauce, and various purees on the regular (for example I make sweet potato puree and then use it to make sweet potato pancakes.)
I hope this baby food maker review has been helpful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments, do you have a baby food maker? They would definitely make an amazing baby shower gift for any new mama to be!
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Franke johnson says
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Thank you so much, so glad you enjoy the content, I just recently published a baby food maker cookbook you might be interested in (https://sweetphi.com/baby-food-maker-cookbook-out-in-stores-today/)
Nicole Frederickson says
I’ve seen reviews where the beaba machine will get moldy since it’s hard to clean the reservoir. Have you had any problems with yours? They have a new 2019 list out and this was not on the top ones. I found cheaper ones that do same, if not more. What’s your opinion?
That’s so surprising to hear about the beaba machine -because it uses all the water in the reservoir per cooking cycle – like you fill it to level two, pour water into the reservoir and then hit the button to cook and it uses all the water…so there’s not water sitting in the reservoir…whereas other machines you fill the water tank and let water just sit there, even if you’re not using the machine. I did have a friend who thought she saw mold, but it turns out it was just water calcification. Also, it has a cleaning cycle -a red light comes on ever so many uses, other machines don’t have that. That’s just my opinion, I have had my beaba for over a year and used it literally hundreds of times, and sometimes haven’t used it for weeks in between uses and never have seen any mold or calcification. If you’re looking for a cheaper but good machine, I’d also suggest the baby brezza, I’ve used that one a ton too (but that one has a water tank that stays full, kind of like a keureg, so if you’re not using it frequently I’d make sure to empty the water so it doesn’t sit there). Hope that helps
Katie West says
OMG! Thanks a lot Phi for sharing such an informative page about Baby Food Makers. I have read your valuable page and gotten much information. I have learned a lot from you that I did not know before. I was confused but now know which one to choose by your review. I hope your all information will help me and my elder sister’s daughter. Keep it up………..
Thank you so much, so glad you found this information helpful!