Friday, July 10, 2009

Ode to the Babycook

Thomas has entered the world of soft foods. Though he still has no teeth that have broken through...we're foraging ahead. He's now in the 75th percentile for length (yea - up from 50th!) and still in the 25th percentile for weight (how can he be my child?!?)...he'll be starting soft foods in addition to nursing.

A while back, several of my photog clients raved about the Beaba Babycook...and after researching prepackaged baby food (both the nutrient side + the cost), this was the way I wanted to go. I say "I" because while I'm positive I discussed it with Jonathan...maybe I forgot. This conversation took place two hours after I finished:

"What are you doing?"
"Blogging about making Thomas's organic baby food."
"Making it? I think we should do a cost-benefit analysis of the time & energy in making it versus just buying it."
"Well, it's already in the freezer and Thomas already had some."

And the dishes were already clean. :)

While packing for Lake Chelan today, I pulled out the Babycook. On my way home today, Thomas and I picked up organic sweet potatoes, zucchini, and apples. I was hoping for squash, but couldn't find it.

The Babycook steams, purees, and can reheat frozen baby food - all in the same bowl. Super easy to use. Great to clean, and easy to run without worrying about heating the nutrients out of the food - because it stops steaming when the food is ready.

Here's the bounty:

I had another apple and sweet potato, but didn't want the zucchini to be jealous that it was on its own.

The sweet potatoes sliced and diced...

After steaming...

And pureed...

Zucchini, sliced and diced...

After steaming...

The apples before...


Now, for the official opinion. Judge Wee Ski should be disqualified because at first, he was much more excited about eating the tray on his high chair. And seriously...why do boys get eyelashes like this? But I digress.

Organic food? Screw that. Bring on the plastic.

...until he saw the warm sweet potatoes.

Jury was out for a bit, deliberating.

Not impressed, until...

...he could feed himself.

This proved to be extremely messy. If he wants to get it all over his face, in his hair and his ear...well, better than breast milk like that.

But he was happy the whole time.

And after his vaccines today, I'll take happy & messy over crying & feverish any day of the week.

The chickens were pleased because they got some of the sweet potato skins.

No eggs yet. I told them they'll get no further love from the blog until they start producing. They were not pleased anymore.

They can deal.

Back to the baby food...

This is just organic food bliss for me. :)

Things are frozen for now, and will be packed up for the vacation...starting with sweet potatoes, then to zucchini, then to applesauce and maybe avocado!


Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that you love this thing - I have been checking it out and wondered if it was really worth the $. Jack isn't ready for solids yet, but I would love to hear what you end up thinking about it later too! Is it really worth it or does a cuisinart and your stove work just as well?????
=) Amelia

Noreen said...

Oooh. If I am in a position to make baby food sometime this looks AWESOME! Where did you get it? Somehow I feel the need to make applesauce for myself right now, actually. Yum. Hope Chelan's amazing!

shelley said...

Amelia...Jack will be there before you know it! I know Thomas is! :) You could definitely do the same thing with a Cuisinart and steamer. Don't get me wrong. The difference - I absolutely love is how easy it is to use and clean. One small appliance on the counter, quick to wash and begin again, without having to have several bulky appliances to pull out and wash each time I change vegetables. Today, we got home from Chelan, I was out of food cubes for him, and within 20 minutes, his lunch, dinner, and tomorrow's veggies are ready for him. I would definitely recommend borrowing someone's to try if you are will love it. I would have gotten it on Craigslist if I could have found it there - but all the ads are for people seeking them, not selling them. :) Plus, it can be used for any/all future kids.

Noreen...they have it at Williams Sonoma, but I got free shipping and a slightly better price on sale at!

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