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What happened when we cooked a four-course meal with a baby food maker

How difficult can it really be to cook a set menu for adults in a baby food maker? Much more so than we thought, evidently. Although we weren’t able to prepare the dishes we wanted, we do have plenty of ideas for tasty treats you can whip up in this niche kitchen appliance. These goodies get a big thumbs up from our adult testers.

Let’s face it, you would normally only buy a baby food maker if you wanted a hassle-free way of preparing homemade baby food. But the question is, what do you do with the appliance once baby is on to solids? Just shove it in a cupboard and let it collect dust?

We didn’t like that idea and thought there must be some way to give the appliance a new lease of life. After all, we should surely still be able to use it for cooking and preparing food destined for slightly bigger tummies. That’s when we decided to deal with the issue of lonely and forgotten baby food makers once and for all.

As a budding cook in my spare time and assistant on the baby team, I was set the task of cooking a vegan set menu for five adults using three different baby food makers. At first I was slightly taken aback but excited about getting stuck in.

The three baby food makers we tested out had the following features:

  • Steam
  • Defrost
  • Blend
  • Heat
  • 4-in-1 combined steamer and blender
  • 4-in-1 combined steamer and blender
  • 4-in-1 combined steamer and blender
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AVENT 4-in-1 combined steamer and blender
Steams, blends, heats and defrosts – The all-in-one container holds up to 1000 ml
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  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: today at 17:00
  • Dietikon: today at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: today at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: today at 11:00
  • Zurich: today at 17:15

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  • Babycook Suisse
  • Babycook Suisse
  • Babycook Suisse
CHF 139.–
Beaba Babycook Suisse
With Babycook Suisse you use four functions: Steam, mix, defrost and heat. The capacity is 1.1 litre.
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  • approx. 2 – 4 days
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  • Nutribaby +
  • Nutribaby +
  • Nutribaby +
CHF 169.–
Babymoov Nutribaby +
Steam and mix at the same time. With the Nutribaby + you can also defrost, warm up and even sterilize. The cooking container holds 1.5 litres, the mixing container 600 millilitres. LCD display for various functions and indication of cooking time.
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The baby team's menu request

Because we didn’t want to make life too easy for ourselves, we decided to attempt the following menu:

  • Aperitif: Strawberry daiquiri
  • Starter: Carrot soup
  • Main: Spring risotto with broccoli
  • Dessert: Raspberry sorbet

You can prepare the aperitif, soup and dessert one after the other and then store them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to eat. The main course is the only dish you have to prepare there and then

Let's cook – the testing begins

I started out by preparing broccoli for the risotto to help me get to grips with the appliances I was going to be testing. I quickly noticed that the amount of broccoli I could fit in the baby food maker in one go wasn’t even enough for one person. That meant I either had to cook it several times or stop what I was doing. I then ventured on to frozen berries, which were for the strawberry daiquiri and the raspberry sorbet. Here too I had to conclude that frozen berries and baby food makers don’t really get on.

Next came the carrot soup. And this is where I finally I had some success. Preparation went smoothly and the soup itself tasted delicious, but it only made enough for at most two people as a starter. It wasn’t the end result we expected. The containers for cooking and blending are way too small. And compared to the power of a normal kitchen appliance, the baby food maker left a bit to be desired. How was I supposed to cook a set course meal for five adults with this?

We put our heads together, set aside the original menu and tried to find a solution. We asked ourselves two key questions. When you’re cooking, what kinds of meals would benefit from the help of a baby food maker? Which meals can you easily prepare in these kitchen appliances? As baby food makers were developed for pureed foods, we were inspired to try mezze platters. These are lots of small dishes, most of them served pureed. This sounded like the perfect meal for preparing in a baby food maker.

Once again, I set about compiling recipes, grocery shopping and testing. And do you know what? It worked perfectly. Admittedly, it only made a meal for two people, but it was unbelievable tasty. And of course, if you need to, you can obviously carry on to make more portions. The baby food maker is perfect for aperitifs in spring and summer.

  • Falafel
  • Steamed tomato and tahini cauliflower
  • Tomato houmous
  • Yoghurt and tahini sauce
  • Red pepper and nut dip
  • Avocado and coriander dip
  • Flatbread (store-bought)
  • Sweet potato chips (not prepared in the baby food maker)
  • Grilled tomato and aubergine (not prepared in the baby food maker)

Try out the recipes for yourself here (in German)

The verdict

After a few initial hiccups, I can safely say that baby food makers are valued members of the kitchen appliance family. They can’t be used for everything, but if you already have a baby food maker you should definitely incorporate it into your daily kitchen routine. Cooking vegetables and soups and preparing houmous and dips are just a few examples of how you can use your baby food maker once baby is on to solids. The appliances are very easy to use – not much can go wrong. They also don’t require any effort on your part for most cooking tasks.

For new mums and dads or parents-to-be who are still undecided, I certainly recommend getting a baby food maker. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can still make healthy, fresh meals for your little ones. Baby food makers win brownie points with new parents because most parts can go in the dishwasher and they take up little space in the kitchen. On top of that, they are pretty aesthetically pleasing. With a bit of creativity you can also use them to make great meals for adults.

Even though I’m not quite at that stage yet, I’m sure my baby will get spoiled with tasty treats using the baby food maker. And I won’t feel left out either, as we’ve just discovered.

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  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
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User Anonymous

hmmmhmm.... das hört sich ja lecker an!

15.05.2017
User Anonymous

das möchte ich unbedingt nachkochen!

15.05.2017
User Anonymous

Ich würde auch gerne Nachkochen, nur leider funktioniert der Link zu den Rezepten nicht :P

16.05.2017
User Sina Alpiger

Momentan kämpfen wir leider mit einem technischen Problem, daher funktioniert der Link nicht. Gerne senden wir dir die Rezepte aber per Mail.

18.05.2017
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