Baby Food with the BEABA Cook Original

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Beaba Cook OrginalThe Beaba- BabyCook Original is an all-in-one steamer/processor which can cook almost anything in under 15 minutes.  Read on for a brief description of how it works, our experiences, and my review.

We had been looking forward to trying this unit for months, however when the time came to start solids we were busy moving.  As a result we initially relied on store bought organic baby food.  Once we got started we found it easier to use than expected.

Babycookit’s really simple to use:

  1. Peel and dice whatever fruits and veggies you want.
  2. Add the recommended amount of water. Choices are one, two, or three, and  the bowl serves as a measuring cup.
  3. Flip the switch to “steam” the water level works as a timer when the water is gone the heater shuts off.   A perfect  feature for all multitasking moms. 😉
  4. It comes with a spatula that fits across the top of the steamer basket.   This allows you to lift out the hot food (without burning yourself)  and pour it back into the blending bowl for pureeing.

img_0554If you have too much water leftover, keep it  aside and use it  to thin the puree without loosing the vitamins.  Alternatively, you can take the nutritional value up a notch by adding iron-fortified rice cereal.

We’ve made mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, peas, broccoli, applesauce, kiwi banana.  We even tried more complicated creations like, chicken and veggies, and beef and veggies.  But haven’t had success with a lot of texture,  we plan to continue experimenting as our little ones palate matures.  babyfood

The unit comes with a recipe book however the book only has three recipes per age group, making it more of a catalog for their other baby feeding products.  The blog  offers a variety of  inspiring recipe ideas  but many call for cooked rice or cooked pasta, so you would need the  grain insert.

  My Review

Pros: 

  • Great to have baby’s food cooking in the background while you’re doing a million other things.
  • It’s easy to clean up. All the attachments can go in the top rack of the dishwasher and the heating unit can be cleaned by running a steam cycle through it.

Cons:

  •   I’m not a creative cook so I find myself referring to the blog for inspiration.
  • I recommend getting the rice cooking attachment to broaden your capabilities.
  • I found myself fighting to get the bowl, lid, and base to snap together but mastered it after a few tries.

Have you had the opportunity to compare the Beaba Cook vs. the Baby Bullet?  I would love to hear about your experience.

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