Giving your baby their first taste of solid foods is an exciting milestone. Using your food processor or hand blender to make your own baby food means you can be sure that you are giving them the best start, with nourishing, flavoursome food that is full of all the good stuff. It’s also usually a lot cheaper to make purées at home from scratch using fresh fruit and vegetables than it is to buy them.
Using a food processor enables you to prepare large quantities of baby food quickly and easily, with minimal prep time and mess. Just throw your ingredients in the bowl and blitz. The pulse function gives you complete control over consistency, which comes in handy as you move on to making more textured foods for your baby, while the variable speed settings provide you with extra power when you need it.
If you’re experimenting with different flavour combinations, some models like the MultiPro Express Weigh+ have integrated digital weighing, allowing you to weigh ingredients directly into the bowl. And using a food processor doesn’t just save you time prepping meals for your baby. With dishwasher-safe tools and parts, it cuts down on the washing up, too.
A hand blender is ideal to use when making smaller quantities of baby food, or puréeing leftovers from the family meal. Use it to blend foods down in the pan to save on washing up, or models like the Triblade XL come with a handy beaker, along with both a purée wand and masher for creating different textures.
The Triblade’s foot is designed for faster blending and finer results, even when working with tougher ingredients. And when it comes to cleaning up, all the tools can be popped in the dishwasher, while its compact size means your blender is easy to store away when not in use.
Some firmer ingredients like sweet potatoes or apples need to be softened before being puréed.
A steamer will help achieve the right texture, while still preserving essential nutrients (you can also use the Cooking Chef XL to steam food if you have one).
For storing and freezing food
Ice cube trays or small single portion pots.