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what is a mouli and where can i get one?

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Mum2Ela Mon 21-Mar-05 12:47:46

I kind of get the gist of what one is, a hand held blender thing, but I have never ever seen one and may like to get one for DS as we will be weaning him soon and also going on holiday, so this might be useful.
Can anyonw point me in the right direction?

iota Mon 21-Mar-05 12:48:39

Lakeland do them

CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 12:49:54

John Lewis do too

Mum2Ela Mon 21-Mar-05 12:54:16

are they electric then.

the one in lakeland plugs in

yoyo Mon 21-Mar-05 12:57:35

Never seen an electric one. Usually come with different discs depending on how finely you want it pureed and you turn a handle which pushes the food onto the discs.
Used one a lot for DD1 but hardly ever for the otrhers (with the exception of dried fruit compote because they can't digest the skins apparently).

iota Mon 21-Mar-05 13:00:23

seems to be an availibility problem at the mo - heres a picture here

Mum2Ela Mon 21-Mar-05 13:02:22

can't do links. This one is a baby mouli. Do you think its any good?

The JOhn Lewis amd Lakeland ones are electric. Shoudl I just get one of those?

Sponge Mon 21-Mar-05 13:24:37

Here's one

Make sure you get a stainless steel one.
They're brilliant. Not just for baby food - they make the best mashed potato.
I can't see the need for an electric one.

Cod Mon 21-Mar-05 13:24:57

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OldieMum Mon 21-Mar-05 13:28:07

They are also good for soups made from veggies or pulses with tough skins. If you put these in the blender, you end up with soup that has tiny 'bits' of skin in it. The mouli squeezes the flesh out and leaves the skin behind, so you get smoother soup.

Mum2Ela Mon 21-Mar-05 13:31:00

Ok, I think the mouli looks a bit scarey! Why are they so different to a blender?

Cod i have one of the hand held jobbies but never use it as in the past it shoots the food everywhere!

jackeroo Mon 21-Mar-05 13:31:17

i got the baby one from richmond cookshop. found it brilliant for baby food but not big enough for our cooking. but that's all i really wanted it for anyway...

Cod Mon 21-Mar-05 13:33:43

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pinotgrigio Mon 21-Mar-05 13:45:47

*Advance warning* - I spent ages looking for one as it's a compulsory part of Annabel Karmel (I was a keen first time weaner). Used it once, decided it was a complete faff and then used the Braun hand blender.

This is a bit of a theme with me though, cos I did the same with the steamer and juicer(now that really WAS a faff). Oh god. And the mini slow cooker. I'm worse than I thought. <hangs head in shame>.

Cod Mon 21-Mar-05 13:48:56

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Sponge Mon 21-Mar-05 14:00:44

I use the braun handblender and chopper for lots of things and love it but a mouli is unbeatable for mash. Also good for baby food if you're including pulses, dried fruit etc as it leaves the skins which they can't digest behind. I'd get a full size one as it's easier to use if what you're trying to puree has room to move around.
It's really not scary or a lot of faff and it comes apart so it can all go in the dishwasher.

CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 20:39:19

I use mine mainly to grate parmesan

TwoIfBySea Mon 21-Mar-05 20:39:39

I don't know about using them for blending, I used my braun for purees and the such. I have a little hand held mouli I bought in an Argos extra store for about £5 (can't remember how much it was exactly but really cheap.) I use it for grating cheese finely and also in large bits for dst to tuck into!

It doesn't look nearly as scary as that picture and would fit into your case without fuss. Plus at that price if you broke it or left it behind no big deal.

TwoIfBySea Mon 21-Mar-05 20:40:37

I should say that it came with 3 different size barrels from fine to large which are very handy.

vicdubya Mon 21-Mar-05 21:03:33

Just don;t buy the one from bettaware I had to send it back it was cr*p.

A decent one would probably be worth it tho.

Have not bothered and used normal liquidiser to begin with, and then once lumpier food was on the menu, a hand held blender / potato masher, depending on the food.

MrsDoolittle Mon 21-Mar-05 21:07:51

I'm with pinotgrigio on this one. I bought a moulinex one and it was soooo rubbish. Don't get one of those. I got it because Annabel Karmel suggested it, but it's just too much of a faff. I gave in to the braun handblender - much easier and loads quicker!! Besides it's only a short time that it's needed for, it really wasn't worth all the effort trying to find one!!

Mattesdon Fri 16-May-08 09:38:26

what about the skins with a hand blender or do they get cut up so small that they don't matter?
Bl**dy Anabel making me think I need even MORE stuff!!
..... but really.... do I need it?! I want to give B dried fruit but I'm a bit worried about the skins

OverMyDeadBody Fri 16-May-08 09:44:52

If you use a hand blender it will chop the skin up so small that I wouldn't worry about it. Babies can't digest the skins but it will just add a bit of roughage to their diet, and as long as you're not planning on giving a huge amount it will be fine.

I soak dried fruit in hot water before it goes in the blender, this softens the skin so allows it to be pureed much finer.

FWIW all our babyfood is blended with big industrial hand blenders, apart fomr sweetcorn whish is put through the mouli type thing to remove the hard outer skin (again it is an industrial one though!)

For home-made babyfood, save your money and just get a hand blender, when you move on to lumpy food, just chop half the stuff up into chunks and mix it in with the other half of the food that has been blended, and then move on to just mashing with a fork etc.

OverMyDeadBody Fri 16-May-08 09:47:08

They are good for mash though!

Don't try making smooth mash with a hand blender, it breaks the potato cells down releasing the starch completely changing the texture to a sticky gloopy mess blush I made this mistake once only!

DebMills Fri 22-May-09 21:15:25

I found a stainless steel mouli at a local supplier to me but they do sell online at

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