Every soon-to-be mom has the best of intentions when it comes to their soon-to-be baby. For this mom, it was 100% natural birth, exclusively breastfeed for 1 year, cloth diaper only, and make my own baby food from the organic vegetable garden I would grow in the backyard.
Now I know why there is jarred baby food. Who has this kind of time?! I proudly admit I stuck to most if my mommy goals (I’d say 80%) and although I never did manage to grow that garden, I have found some time to make baby food from purchased organic fruits and veggies. Next objective was to find a way to puree all those fruits and veggies for Baby to eat!
I tried several options before coming across Baby Bullet and I guess I had always known it was out there, but conveniently forgot when it came time to apply it to my life. At first I tried the Baby Brezza Quick Blend because it was much cheaper than the All In One baby food makers currently out there. It sucked. The lid popped right ever every time I tried to blend and I really couldn’t commit myself to standing there, holding the lid, while Baby freaked the F out.
Also tested was a good old fashioned food processor (very very loud) and a Kitchen Aid submersion blender which actually worked quite well. I also tried making purees by hand, but that was enough of that. So the submersion blender was my number 1 and I went on with my life.
I was reluctant to purchase the Baby Bullet because I figured I already found something that worked and because I was at a Walmart. (Another good intention of mine pre-baby: I will always always always be green green green and only support local businesses because Walmart is an evil monster that eats local businesses). It was only $59.99. So I bought it.
The kit comes with an impressive 20 pieces including several happy looking plastic parts, including those pictured here. It also comes with a nice little book on what foods baby can eat and what ages and some recipes. It’s also BPA free which is a huge plus.
I’m such a sucker for anthropomorphized kitchenware, so I was immediately smiling when I took it all out of the box.
After giving it all a good rinse and inspecting the parts, I was pleased to find that nearly all of the kit is top-rack dishwasher safe (sans the books and blender base). Also making me happy was the adorable baby food jars! Who doesn’t want to open their fridge and have their food smile at them? The jars are freezer safe and include a handy little dial to remind you when the food inside was made.
Just having really researched all the baby food makers currently out on the market, the cost to what-you-get ratio is quite superior with Baby Bullet. Additionally, I was quite impressed with the power and speed of the blender.
I quickly made some really beautiful batches of pureed carrots, pears, and sweet potatoes respectively.
It doesn’t have the steam feature like the All-In-One makers do, but honestly it soooo much cheaper to buy one of the $5 collapsible baskets and steam your own food for about 20 minutes before hand. You can then use the water to thin out your puree as desired. The lid stayed securely on during blending, and clean up was a snap.
After using Baby Bullet for a few months now, I have had some difficulty with the connectivity between the blender base and batch bowl (where the food goes for blending) so sometimes I have to pull it apart and try again to get it to start. If this continues, I will probably contact the manufacturer for a replacement. Hopefully, it’s just a fluke since I’ve been so pleased with it otherwise.
Also, you definitely don’t want to let it blend for longer than 60 seconds at a time. You can start to smell the motor burning if you go much longer.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this product and would definitely recommend it to other mamas wanting to make their own baby food. I know some gal pals who have the original Bullet and love it as well. I don’t think you’d need both as I’ve used by Baby Bullet to quickly chop up some onions, basil, etc. for myself. If you already have the Bullet, you may still want to buy the Baby version for the smiley little parts.
Who doesn’t love little parts that smile? I know I do.
For more info go to: http://www.babybullet.com/ and to avoid shipping charges go to your nearest Baby’s R Us, Bed Bath and Beyond, or Walmart to buy.