Best Baby Food Makers
Food processors are ideal for creating large batches of smooth purees. For many parents, it might make sense to invest in a baby blender starter kit. These starter kits include a food processor as well as a baby food cookbook and baby food storage containers to make it easier for parents to blend and store homemade baby food. Here, we’ll review the best baby food blenders and starter kits available.
Sage spoonfuls kits were created by a mother that wanted to make her own baby food. Disappointed by the commercial options for making and storing home made baby food, she designed these systems. Although they don’t have the same marketing muscle as the baby bullet, these are great starter kits. The prices are reasonable too; the most basic kit costs about $90 and the most expensive kit costs about $145.
All of the starter kits include both a food processor and an immersion blender. The versatility of these kits means you may be able to continue using it even after your baby finishes purees. At the very least, you can save dirty dishes by cooking food in a pot and using the immersion blender to puree. Every kits includes a 227 page award-winning cookbook that guides you through some delicious recipes (of course we have lots of free baby food recipes here too!)
Each kit includes 12 storage containers that hold a whopping 4 oz each, a satisfying portion of applesauce or snacks for toddlers and young children. They also include two storage trays. My only gripe about the containers is the labeling system. The containers use sticky labels for dating and labeling the food, which is more time consuming than the baby bullet’s system. You’ll get 60 labels with a kit and you can purchase extras.
The “on the go” and “lifestyle” kits are great options for families that like to travel, the totes can keep food fresh for up to 12 hours! All the pieces included in the kits can also be purchased separately.
There are 3 sage spoonfuls starter kits to choose from.
-A food processor
-An immersion blender
-Twelve 4 oz BPA-free storage containers (freezer and dishwasher safe)
-2 stackable storage trays
-60 label for containers
-Sage spoonfuls cookbook and pocket guide
Everything in the basic kit PLUS an insulated tote and freezer pack.
The “homemade lifestyle” kit that includes:
Everything from the “on the go” package PLUS a mommy tote.
While you may know them for producing high quality kitchen appliances, Cuisinart’s baby food maker proves they’re good for more than just coffee and toast. Turns out they can warm bottles and make baby food too. The Cuisinart is one of the top-rated, best-selling baby food processors on the market and for good reason.
This baby food maker pulls triple duty in the kitchen by warming baby bottles, steaming foods and pureeing all in one. It can steam for up to 25 minutes without having to be restarted and has an auto shut off function. A dedicated steam blade ensures the most even steaming and the blade locks in place when pouring for safety. The massive 4 cup work bowl is great for making large batches of food. Best of all, it’s all backed by an 18 month manufacturer’s warranty, the longest available among baby food processors. Cuisinart is the Cadillac of all baby food blenders. Cuisinart also offers specially designed storage containers that fit in the steamer for warming (purchased separately). Includes a short recipe book. It’s the best baby food blender in terms of blade power and warranty.
One of the drawbacks to using a processor with steam and blend functionality is figuring out how much water to use each time. Be prepared for a little trial and error when using the steam function. Too little water and vegetables will not cook thoroughly; too much and they will be overly watery.
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Beaba’s processor has been around for years and still remains the number one selling baby food mill on Amazon. Available in several attractive colors; it can thaw, steam, puree, and reheat. Food can be steamed for 7-15 minutes. These processors will beep and automatically shut off when finished steaming so as not to over-cook food. Removing the Beaba‘s steam tray requires some effort with the special spatula and could be hazardous if the food is still hot. But you already knew that because you read all the tips on how to make baby food 😉
Beaba offers some great accessories (sold separately) including a rice cooker insert, travel bag, silicone freezer tray, and a seasoning ball. It’s one of the easiest processors to use and clean (just be sure to let it cool completely before you try to clean it!) It will not turn on unless the base is locked in tightly (safety feature). The defrost feature allows you to easily thaw and reheat frozen food.
The downside is that it’s difficult to make large batches in the beaba babycook because the work bowl only makes 2 ½ cups of food at a time. Serious baby food chefs should consider upgrading to the Beaba Pro, which has a 4 ½ cup work bowl, an easy-clip lid, and takes up less counter space than the babycook. Got an army to feed? Parents with multiples will love the Beaba Pro 2X which boasts two 4 ½ cup work bowls. That’s 9 cups of food at a time! It’s the best baby food maker if you have more than one baby to feed.
While the beaba comes with a recipe booklet, you may find yourself having to adjust the water to food ratio to ensure food is steamed thoroughly, but not overcooked. If the food isn’t soft when the timer goes off, just restart the steamer and come back to it later.