Makes babies into food? Does this work with older kids too? I told my kid once (as a teen) that there are good reasons why some species eat their young. She told me I hated to cook and wouldn’t know how to cook her. I told her there was always the internet. NOW I could have a better solution. This thing. If this makes babies into food hopefully a larger size is sold to use to make older kids into food.
Hey you, with the baby. The one who is getting ready to finish bottle feeding. I bet you’re looking at this and thinking that you can save a bunch of money on baby food. Well don’t bother. You don’t need to give baby food to a baby.
Babies are little chimps who love to pick stuff up and put it in their mouths. They’re testing it out to see if it’s good. Just give them stuff that is soft and tastes good to put in their mouth. Ripe bananas, spaghetti, roasted sweet potato, avocado, mango, fresh mozzarella, green peas. If you can smash it against the roof of your mouth with your tongue, then they can eat it without choking.
I know I’m just some random guy on the Internet but google ‘baby led weaning’ and check it out. I did 2 kids without smearing a bunch of gross mush all over their faces.
@acwest I would suspect you had to dip them upside down in water to clean up the top half of them after self feeding. Actually the 20 month old grandkid does a pretty good job of cleaning her fingers off in her mouth if she likes what is on them so possibly she is self cleaning provided she is fed the right stuff.
@acwest A friend of mine did that, and her daughter never went through the “I’m only eating these three foods” phase and she ate all kinds of food you wouldn’t expect a kid to eat. My friend just mashed up the food and fed it to her with a spoon until she could pick the food up herself. That’s what they do in a lot of cultures.
So this may not be particularly necessary for babies… but any input from people dealing with special needs pets?
I’m pretty certain my cancer-ridden dog would have lost a year if I couldn’t switch her food to steamed rice/ veggies/ ground meat. Which also works well as a staple for humans overwhelmed by the care needs of pets.
So, basically a small blender to blend food into blended baby-food?
I wonder what would happen if one did that in a none baby-designated blender. Like, pureed peas or sweet potatoes with a splash of olive oil. Have to ask my kids, how they survived it.
Also, immersion blenders.
@unksol@kyeh True, true. If owning a bread machine is the thing that gets you started baking, get a bread machine. If this is the time saver into your own baby food, get it. And at this price, if you have upcoming baby showers, or any friends that gained weight, get it.
And it looks like it can do a couple batches at once. Which, I think, is critical for time management. You will not get up well rested and spend your day running through flowering fields with little food blending in between. Just make some extra baggies and freeze them.
(And larger batches is one reason, the immersion blender worked better for me.)
@PHRoG I got intrigued by this and found some info about “wet grinders” which are evidently used in India for making curry pastes. They work by having rotating wheels inside a blender-type cup that turn and grind, but they’re pretty expensive. I bet that fresh-made green curry IS fantastic!
@djslack@Kyeh oh wow, that might just work. I haven’t made it myself since before summer when I gave up after I spent almost 2 hours crushing, waiting for hands to free up, back to crushing, etc, etc.
I finally found a local place that makes their own and have formed quite the expensive addiction, . They won’t sell me just the fresh paste either…I’ve easily spent over $600 on takeout green curry from this place in the last 4 or 5 months.
$200 on a powered way to do this is nothing! Will def go on a deep dive in these when I have time tmrw! Thank you!!!
@Kyeh I bet it might also be awesome for making masa for tamales, but it can get in line behind the breville/polyscience control freak as far as cool but pricey specialty kitchen gear I want Meh to sell me cheap.
@jozseph@PHRoG@djslack Oh, that’s a neat possibility!
I bet it would be good for masa.
PHRoG, if you do get one, I hope you do a thread demonstrating how it’s working for you, kind of like the thread @unksol is doing for his Geo Metro restoration.
I own a pricier European sounding version of this and confirm that, yes, it works, but no, the kiddo didn’t care too much for the carefully prepared food I made him with it. And I had to clean it. And now, just a blink of an eye later, he’s past it and just wants to eat what we eat, or not eat what we eat depending on whether he thinks it’s good (note that what was good yesterday may not be good today).
Unless you have a baby with specific dietary needs that you need to prep all their food, or you have some magical fountain of extra time, this is one of those things that seems like a good idea but in practice it’s quicker and easier to just give them what they’ll eat. It kind of sucks to chop, steam and blend a sweet potato to find out that he doesn’t want to eat anything orange today even though yesterday he couldn’t get enough.
And I’m reminded I need to put that gently used other machine up on eBay or something and quit storing it.
Pro tip if you do get it (or anything that steams): feed it distilled water to cut down on scale buildup.
Back when the kids were small this is what we used:
Only extra food prep involved spooning in whatever you were having for supper into the Gizmo and giving it a couple of quick cranks. Worked a treat, was easy to clean, gave the kids the opportunity to eat what you were eating and expand their palate. It was a winner.
Oh, and non-electric to boot so, useful when you went out.