Friday, August 14, 2009

Beaba Babycook, anyone?

Is anyone familiar with the Beaba Babycook from Williams Sonoma??



There's a video you can watch on the product and it looks so easy, so fresh and so "green!" I think Addison is going to have to have this!! It seems so awesome!! And in the reviews, people PRAISE it! Do any of you have this? Know anything about it? Plan to use it? Have used it?

Here's what they say on the site about it...

The French baby-food maker that has won praise throughout Europe is
finally available to American families. This compact counter top appliance
multitasks as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh,
healthy meals for baby. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits, meat
and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving their vitamins and flavors, then purees or blends them to your desired consistency. You can also use it to quickly reheat
or defrost precooked foods.

25 comments:

Gwen said...

I haven't seen it or heard of anyone using it but it looks like a fabulous idea. I would love to hear if you get it and what you think about it. XOXO

The St. John Family said...

Best thing EVER!!!! A ton of my friends have it and rave about it! I have already bought one for myself! It is so great because it will do everything for you including steaming the food! I have never heard one complaint. I have even been told by a few freinds they would have paid double for it! Great choice if you are going to make your own baby food! It is small and does not take up much counter space so it is easy to leave out also!

Jesslee said...

I think the idea of making your own baby food is wonderful. I've seen this product, but do not know anyone that has used it personally. It sounds very easy and with less mess in the kitchen. Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook Deceptively Delicious is a good resource for when your little one starts growing into big ppl foods.

Nishant said...

I've seen this product, but do not know anyone that has used it personally.


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Cee said...

I don't have a baby nor am I having one anytime soon but I have seen it in WM and always thought it looked very cool!

The George Family said...

I have it. I used it and LOVED it! I think it is a great buy. It is super easy, it steams and then processes in the same bowl. Even if you are only planning to make some of her food, I think it is a great choice.

Miss E said...

That sounds amazing! And so healthy!

short southern momma said...

Have never used one, but it looks so organically friendly and healthy!! Hope you have a great weekend! = )

Charlotte said...

I have this and although my little one isn't on food yet, I have tested it out and I LOVE it!!!! I am so excited about using it!! I think you should go for it!!

SassyEngineer said...

This just sounds awesome! Do you have to have a baby now to get one? I mean I could save it for a few years right? Okay, I'll wait!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

oooh, that sounds like fun as well as good! I would totally need one of these if i was going to have a baby!

Practically Perfect... said...

I have heard a lot of good things about making your own baby food, though I haven't heard about this product in particular. I say go for it!

The Pink Chick said...

This sounds awesome! I love the idea of making baby food. I hope I am able to do it when I have a little one!

kara said...

I'm sure that machine is great, but you really don't need any gimmicks or fancy stuff to make fresh, wholesome baby food. People seem to think that "making your own baby food" is some lofty, difficult goal to aspire to. . .the fact is, if you can cook simple meals (and I do mean simple), you can make baby food. Steam some vegetables in your normal pots, then run them through the blender or the food processor. That's it.

In fact, there is a huge downside to this machine--it has a very SMALL capacity. If you are taking the time to make baby food, the absolute best way to do it is to make A LOT, then pour the pureed stuff into ice cube trays and pop it in the freezer. When it's frozen, put into ziploc freezer bags and label with a marker (labeling is key, because once frozen, sweet potatoes and butternut squash look exactly alike. And green beans and zucchini look really similar too). Then you have perfect baby-sized portions to pull out when you need them. They take about 30 seconds to defrost in the microwave, and the meal is ready. I spent a day making 5 large batches when my little one was a few weeks away from 6 months (I start solids at 6 months. Breastmilk only until then), and she is 8 months old now and just now we're getting to the end of those. If you make a whole bunch it's one day of work and then literally months of NO effort.

That's a really long way of saying it, but that's the downside of that machine. With only a 2.5 cup capacity, you wouldn't be able to make that much at a time, which is what makes cooking your own baby food a convenient thing to do.

Feel free to email me if you need more detailed suggestions on making baby food--it's definitely simple, but trial and error does teach a few tricks that I've learned along the way.

Mrs. Newlywed said...

My cousin and his wife who live in Italy SWEAR by it. They have sent it to other relatives who have gotten pregnant [who live in the US] before it was available here.

I've heard it is worth it. We plan on getting one should we ever have a baby.

LG said...

Completely unrealted to this post ( i have no babies) but I found your blog through the Edwards Edition blog and am also an AU graduate ( war eagle) so I just wanted to say I love your blog! You are fabulous and fun!

a H.I.T. said...

I've been coveting this since I first saw it in the W&S catalog. I know I'm not pregnant yet, but I plan on registering for this as soon as I find out (right after my bugaboo).

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

i don't have it, but i did buy their cookbook. i don't have much kitchen storage, so i'm trying to decide if my home can accommodate another little electric. :) the babyfood cookbook looks like a good one, though!

Mrs.Preppy said...

I dont have one, but I am planning on making my own food for A. I was not taht crazy about adding 1 more appliance into the mix, so I am just planning on steaming the veggies, then using the Cuisinart.

morewineplease said...

Never, ever heard of it! Sounds very cool... let us know if you get it!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

whoa I haven't seen this before! I made all of BabyBoy's food at home tough and used the food processor! But that sounds awesome! I also used the book Super Baby Food, it tells you around when to start each type of food, all the info for each food, how long you can store it=) I did the freezer cube method too, it was great!

In this wonderful life... said...

my friend Jessica has this cooker and she loves it!! Her baby loves the food she cooks!

Sherrie said...

I just used my cuisinart food processor to make homemade baby food for my youngest. It worked like a charm and I made all of his food.

prashant said...

I would love to hear if you get it and what you think about it. XOXO
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lifestudent said...

I've got it. The best thing about it is that it does everything in one (steam & puree). While a prev poster mentioned the small size ... its not an issue. Babies are small! It can only make one sweet potato at a time, but one sweet potato makes about 10 servings (if you use the 1oz storage cubes). Thats a lot of freaking sweet potato.

One negative is that it doesnt puree "thick" very well. You cant make a chunky applesauce, only a thin one. Now that my DD is older I will puree something, but I have to add pasta or something to it to give it more texture and make it more interesting.

And people besides W&S have it now ... so you can get it cheaper. Thank goodness!