S.K. asks from Santa Monica, CA on February 22, 2010
Baby Food Mill: Electric or Manual?????
Trying to decide if I should get an electric or manual baby food mill. I plan on making all my own baby food but right now my son is only 7 months and is eating only just tiny amounts. I guess in the future I could use our quiznart but that seems awfully big to be hauling out each time I what to make food.....
I'd appreciate any thoughts and what worked best for you: electric or manual.
A.T. answers from Los Angeles on February 23, 2010
I made all of my sons food, too. I never used anything fancier than a blender. I did get a separate coffee grinder for grinding flax seed to put into food, though.
D.W. answers from Los Angeles on February 23, 2010
What I found to be the most convenient was my stick blender. Cleanup was so simple compared to the various parts of a Cuisinart or a regular blender, and it was great to use for either small or large portions.
E.N. answers from San Diego on February 23, 2010
Electric! When i made baby food i got the large KIDCO set. It had the electric and a portable manual. It came with ice trays and everything. I got it online for a decent price. However, i never once used the manuall.
G.L. answers from Los Angeles on February 23, 2010
I bought both but used the electric so much more. It was easier as I would make larger quantities and freeze the extra in ice cube trays to defrost and use later. It was especially nice for things I wanted to add a little water to to thin out for easier eating. We would take the manual one out sometimes when we went to restaurants so we could grind some of what we had and she could try new things but that was really the only time we used it.
A.L. answers from San Luis Obispo on February 23, 2010
Manuel. Something that washes easily.
D.C. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2010
I made all my own baby food, but I just used my blender and food processor.
S.T. answers from Kansas City on February 22, 2010
I made large batches and processed in my food processor and froze in ice cube trays. This worked great for us, and I had very big eaters. For smaller eaters, you can freeze just a little dollop in each ice cube hole. After they freeze, transfer to ziploc bags labeled with contents and date. For my big eaters, they would often have a decent portion of cereal mixed up, a cube of meat, and three cubes or so of veggies/fruits. If they go together well, I'd put it all in one cup and stir it up (cereal, chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples). Then I'd sprinkle tidbits on their tray for them to grab between bites of puree (diced banana, etc.). Enjoy!! :o)
V.B. answers from Los Angeles on February 23, 2010
When my son was eating baby food I just used my blender. A food processor might have been easier but I just used what I had and we got along fine :) I loved making food for him! It was great to experiment and get the good stuff in him young. He will still eat most veggies willingly (he's 2) and I am hoping that lasts! Have fun!
L.H. answers from Los Angeles on February 23, 2010
I used the food processor for all three of my kids. It worked out great. I made the food in batches, so I was making enough for the whole week in one food making session. It really wasn't an issue in my house to bring out the Cuisinart once a week. Good luck!
C.S. answers from Houston on February 23, 2010
Manual. By the time you'd need larger quantities they'll be eating bite size foods. You could use a blender or food processor as well if you want to freeze larger quantities.
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on February 22, 2010
I have a small food chopper that works perfectly. It's like a tiny food processor. I can take whatever we're having for dinner, throw it in the food chopper with a little water or breast milk and get it to the consistency I want. If you want to use your blender, make a bunch of food at once. Pour the pureed stuff into ice cube trays and freeze. One cube is about 1 oz of food. After it's frozen, dump the cubes into a freezer bag. You should only have to make food once a week if you do it that way. I have a manual food mill that I use when we go out to dinner or something. It doesn't get the food as smooth as a regular blender does though.