Best Baby Food Maker for Healthy Babies
Ten Top Rated Baby Food Processors 2020
As a Mother of four I’ve had to get creative more than a few times in order to make ends meet. One of the ways I’ve really been able to save a lot of money to use towards sexy maternity clothes is by using a baby food maker or processor.
It’s hard enough when the baby arrives to afford diapers, so once they switch from formula or nursing to baby food, it’s another expense that, while I’m ready for, is always hard to deal with. In this post I’ll review some of the top rated food processors for baby food in 2019.
Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food
- It can save you money. While it certainly isn’t the case with all types of baby foods, inexpensive foods like bananas are up to 50 percent cheaper if you make them on your own.
- Eco-friendly. No more glass jars, plastic containers, or boxes.
- You choose the ingredients. It’s always a good idea to know exactly what you’re feeding your baby. Also, since types of baby foods are somewhat limited you can make anything you want. When your baby gets old enough she can get accustomed to the types of food that your family eats.
How do you make baby food?
Other than using a food processor (I’ve listed some of my favorites below), you can use a food grinder, hand blender, blender, or even a fork as long as you make sure that the baby food is properly mashed or pureed based upon the age of your child. If you want to know what the best starter foods are for your baby, then I highly recommend this article on switching to solid foods for additional information.
#1 Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker
I starting using the Beaba Babycook after my second child. This French made blender won the 2008 JPMA Innovation Award and is probably my favorite tool for making my own baby food.
After trying to make my own baby food with multiple products it just seemed to make sense to use one product to steams, purees, defrosts and reheat.
Once you’re done you can just take the bowl and the basket and throw them in the top of your dishwasher. Yes, it is possible to make baby food using a steam basket, a pot, a strainer, a blender and some ice cube trays, but believe me, it is a major pain.
And if it takes too long, then often times you won’t be as motivated to do it.
Since the Beaba Babycook does all the work for you in one small, easy to clean container, you’ll be sure to use it often. Once you get used to it you’ll be able to make a week’s worth of baby food in around an hour or two.
Quick Tip: Leave the water reservoir open and allow it to air dry to avoid any future mold.
#2 Kidco Babystep Electric Food Mill
This food mill is a cost effective way for parents to enter the world of baby food making. At about $30, there’s not a huge investment or risk. The best thing about this machine is its simplicity. It works similar to the Baby Bullet but doesn’t come with the storage containers or books.
Just put the cooked food into the 2 cup bowl, place the motor on top and press down to start blending. There’s a turbo button that you can use for a finer blend or to pulsate the blades.
With a smaller bowl than many other baby food processors, it’s not as easy to make leftovers if you want to freeze them. The small amounts means that it’s easier to control the consistency and get a smoother result. All the parts except the motor are dishwasher safe and easy to clean if you wish to use this multiple times a day.
What is great about this mill is its easy portability. If you travel a lot, you can easily take it with you and still give your baby fresh foods without a hassle. The processor is very powerful and does a thorough job.
#3 Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker
When dealing with small kitchen appliances, the safest bet is to get a high quality product. It will last longer and give you less grief than a cheap gadget. The sticker shock of the Baby Brezza may overwhelm you at first, but it’s a wonderful machine that can save you time and money in the long run.
The beauty of the Baby Brezza is that food can be steamed and pureed in the same bowl, without having to move food between steamer and blender. The four settings (steam only, blend only, blend and steam, and reheat and defrost) allow you to use this machine in a variety of ways.
The bowl holds approximately 2 ½ cups. It can steam vegetables, fruits, and even ground meats. Just set the timer and walk away. Once the food is cooked, you can blend as little or as much as you need to achieve the desired consistency. The dishwasher safe parts make cleanup easy and hassle free.
The Baby Brezza has a small footprint and doesn’t take up much counter space. It is great for those who want to use it everyday and not have to worry about freezing large quantities of baby food. For those who like to have extra baby food in the freezer, the Baby Brezza is great because the bowl is large enough to hold several meals worth of food.
All in all, as someone who tried (and failed) multiple times to make my own baby food, I really wish I had had this machine when my kids were little.
#4 Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System
From the makers of the popular Magic Bullet blender, comes the new Baby Bullet baby food system. This system is like a mini blender so you can puree, chop, and mill your own baby food. It comes with a large, 32 oz batch bowl to make multiple servings of baby food. Also included are two short cups that hold approximately 12 oz each. There are six single serving (2 oz) storage cups that have a dial to mark the date, so you always know the food’s freshness.
The two blades that are included are the milling blade and the blending blade. The milling blade lets you grind whole grains to make your own 100 percent whole grain cereals. This is a fantastic option as whole grains are incredibly healthy, much more so than their processed counterparts. The blending blade lets you chop and puree cooked fruits, vegetables, and meats.
The Baby Bullet system comes with an amazing book that informs parents about when to introduce certain foods to baby and includes lots of wonderful, wholesome recipes.
All the cups, bowls, lids, and storage trays are dishwasher safe and are BPA and Phthalate free. The cups and containers are made out of a non-toxic, high impact plastic that won’t shatter if dropped.
#5 Munchkin Baby Food Grinder
This handcrank mill is inexpensive and fun to use. Made of plastic that is free of Phthalate, BPA, Nitrosamine, Latex, and PVC, you can rest assured it won’t be leaching toxins into your baby’s food. Keep in mind that this mill is only about $10 and oftentimes, you get what you pay for. Remember to turn the mill clockwise or else all the pieces will come apart. The multiple pieces are difficult to clean. It will probably leak, so make sure to use in the sink.
This mill is supposed to work with cooked foods. It won’t do a good job of grinding hard fruits and vegetables. If the food is cooked, it will grind the food into a nice puree in baby sized quantities. For the price, it does the job well.