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To not buy a fancy baby food steamer/blender?

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Aliveinwanderland Fri 24-Feb-17 21:47:18

I've seen several baby vegetable steamer/blenders around the £100 mark.

AIBU to buy a cheap (around £8) microwave vegetable steamer and then blend in my food processor?

I don't cook vegetables for me or hubby for tea so a quick way of cooking one portion for baby is ideal so the microwave ones looks fab.

BinRaidingRaccoon Fri 24-Feb-17 21:48:30

Not at all. I didn't bother!

oblada Fri 24-Feb-17 21:48:55

Well you don't have to blend food for baby so YADNBU!

strangehumour Fri 24-Feb-17 21:49:41

I used a fork to mash the food.

inappropriateraspberry Fri 24-Feb-17 21:49:51

I didn't buy anything special. Just used my stick blender, sometimes using the small blender attachment, but not often.

RedBugMug Fri 24-Feb-17 21:49:58

yanbu
but just a bowl will do. no need for fancy equipment

Aliveinwanderland Fri 24-Feb-17 21:50:39

Can I cook the veg in a cheap microwave steamer? Is there anything wrong with this method?

Orangebird69 Fri 24-Feb-17 21:50:45

No. Microwave and a stick blender. Job done.

Rixera Fri 24-Feb-17 21:50:55

I never blended or mashed for DD, but a steamer is a great way to eat more veg.

Soubriquet Fri 24-Feb-17 21:51:03

You don't even need to blend the food if you don't want to

You can do BLW which is using solid food. No mashing or blending required

Aliveinwanderland Fri 24-Feb-17 21:52:12

I want to blend a little as not totally into full BLW. So really just wanted to check it was ok to cook veg for a baby in a microwave steamer.

GarrulousGrimoire Fri 24-Feb-17 21:52:43

You would never ever ever use it, the washing up would drive you nuts. Just give baby finger food or mush it up with a fork. Baby food honestly doesn't need to be pureed just mushy.

Eminybob Fri 24-Feb-17 21:53:40

No need to blend at all.
I did buy a steamer when DS was weaning as I thought it would be easier and healthier but it ended up being a faff so I just boil/roast/stir fry veg as I do for DH and I and DS had the same.

SparkleTwinkleGoldGlitter Fri 24-Feb-17 21:54:00

I have not blended for dd at all, I just mash with a fork a little of what me and dh have so far weaning has been a success!

You don't need a microwave steamer, most veg can be microwaved in a bowl with a table spoon or two of water-works fine for us

munchkinmaster Fri 24-Feb-17 21:54:39

Buy a steamer you put over a pan.

GarrulousGrimoire Fri 24-Feb-17 21:54:52

Alive no problem with microwave, or you can boil or bake OR get those little pre prepped micro bags and mush them up.

Or use stuff you don't even need to steam when in a rush or on the go. A banana plus fork = baby takeaway.

All berries can be mushed raw,

KatharinaRosalie Fri 24-Feb-17 21:55:35

No you don't need a special baby food blender.

But you might not able to convince your toddler to eat his vegetables if you and DH don't eat any

munchkinmaster Fri 24-Feb-17 21:55:39

I have a steamer and steam all our veg over the potatoes. So much nicer than boiled veg.

Pinkheart5915 Fri 24-Feb-17 21:56:41

I haven't blended for either ds (17 months) or dd (6 months) I just mash a little with a fork, works fine and both mine have weaned great.

You can microwave fresh veg with a teaspoon of water works fine. My dc prefer carrots chopped raw rather than cooked anyway Or you could give raw sticks of peppers & cucumber

3boys3dogshelp Fri 24-Feb-17 21:56:46

Definitely don't need to pay £100, no. I blended foods for the first while rather than BLW and found it difficult to do in the normal food processor as the quantities were so small. A cheaply stick blender was perfect and created less washing up.

Oysterbabe Fri 24-Feb-17 21:57:44

Why don't you cook vegetables for you and DH?

inappropriateraspberry Fri 24-Feb-17 22:01:29

Just cook a bit extra veg when you do your own meals. Can be warmed up in the microwave

Orangebird69 Fri 24-Feb-17 22:05:52

The op wasn't looking for weaning method or diet advice... hmm

empirerecordsrocked Fri 24-Feb-17 22:05:52

Mine were prem and couldn't cope with lumps - stick blender did the job just fine.

EB123 Fri 24-Feb-17 22:11:02

Yanbu, I won one of these when I was pregnant with ds3. I have used it once to steam some carrot batons (he is 11months) and haven't bothered again.

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