In terms of parenting, I prefer to suppose my recipe is a heap of woo-woo with a wholesome sprint of pragmatism. I co-slept for the primary few months and breastfeed and babywear on the common. My child’s room is adorned with rose quartz crystals, and I can recite her star chart by coronary heart.
So when it got here time to introduce solids (Yay! Meals! My boobs get a break!), I used to be torn between these little glass jars of child meals (an apparent and straightforward resolution) and having to make meals myself—including one more to-do to my unending record of things.
Fast notice: I’m not knocking store-bought child meals. There are some nice choices obtainable, and I feel feeding your child with love—when you speak to them and giggle with them—is probably the most important ingredient in any meal.
I learn a number of weblog posts on easy methods to “simply” create your individual child meals, and so they went one thing like this: Clear meals. Chop meals. Measure meals. Measure water. Throw meals right into a steamer or double boiler. Steam on range. Switch to a meals processor. Purée. Subsequent, retailer in little jars. Subsequent, freeze the surplus—or throw it out the window as a result of I’m actually already overwhelmed.
As a solidly mediocre prepare dinner, I rapidly realized that if I used to be going to do that, I wanted a gadget. So after some Googling, I got here throughout the Beaba Babycook Solo—an merchandise that already has glowing critiques from mommy bloggers. And it’s simply one of the best buy I’ve made since changing into a mum or dad.
The design of the baby-food maker is modern—it is available in a number of colours (we opted for the navy blue)—and it takes up nearly no house on our tiny NYC countertop. However the actual spotlight is how straightforward it’s to make use of. All you do is chop up no matter meals you’re utilizing and drop it into the basket, add water to the reservoir, then press a button. Voilá. No want to observe the range, set a timer, or marvel in case you added the correct amount of water. After 15 to twenty minutes (relying on what you’re cooking), the Babycook beeps and your meals is steamed.
The surplus water from steaming collects within the mixing container wherein the steaming basket sits. Should you’re saving that water (as I typically do), you simply dump the steamed meals instantly into the blending container with the water. Shut the lid, then flip the one knob on the machine to purée. It’s that easy.
With the food-prep dealt with, I even have time to dedicate brainpower to a extra attention-grabbing activity: Developing with inventive and scrumptious recipes for our child. We’ve mixed beets and blueberries; butternut squash, yellow squash, corn, and oregano; apples, pears, and cinnamon; quinoa, candy potatoes, and basil—the record goes on. We’ve additionally steamed hen, and the Babycook is designed to deal with any uncooked meat and fish as nicely. (Should you’re searching for extra recipes, Beaba affords a bunch here, and I’ve additionally discovered some good concepts here.) Plus, the meals appears and tastes like meals. I used to be beneath the impression that child meals can be an unappetizing beige mush—however what we’ve made has been colourful and stuffed with numerous textures, and, sure, I’ve undoubtedly eaten it.