Monday, December 18th, 2006
Babycook All-In-One Food Preparer by Beaba
Every once in a while a gadget comes along that almost makes you want to have another baby. Hey, I said almost.
In the transition to solid food, we fed our daughter a mix of jarred baby food and fresh homemade food. We had inherited a BabySteps Food Mill by KidCo which is a hand-cranked mixer used to blend and puree fruits and vegetables. We also received, as a gift, an electric food mixer much like the Munchkin Baby Food Chopper and KidCo Electric Food Mill.
Each product is a good solution for the do-it-yourselfer. We used the electric mill for its ease, but I often wondered why someone would spend $30 on a miniature blender instead of a more versatile general-purpose or hand blender.
That sentiment went out the door when I saw the Babycook by Beaba. It is a French-made blender, steamer, defroster and reheater all in one unit. The defrosting function is ideal if you prepare and freeze food in batches. The steaming function is good for when your toddler is eating whole foods. Steaming vegetables retains more vitamins than other cooking methods.
From reading the product manual, blending seems as easy as turning a knob until the food gets to be the correct consistency. Cooking, defrosting or reheating involve adding a measured amount of water to the unit and turning the same knob the opposite direction. When an activity light turns off, the food is ready.
The unit’s operation is so simple that I could imagine a baby who grew up with this cooker using it with supervision at 2-years-old, placing veggies into the steaming bowl and turning the knob.
I didn’t find a product review online, but numerous references on mumsnet.com forums are positive. There’s even an incident described by a mother who broke a piece of her blender, e-mailed the French manufacturer in English, and griped when there wasn’t an immediate response, only to discover a replacement part had already been shipped to her free of charge.
The Babycook retails for £65, or about $127, not including overseas shipping charges and probably a voltage converter to switch from the European to American electrical standard. One retailer, Mothercare.com, appears to ship to the U.S. for $45, although you should of course confirm before ordering.
- Babycook manual (224K PDF).
- Babycook at Mothercare.com It’s temporarily out-of-stock. If someone finds another UK retailer which ships overseas, please share the details.
- Better product photos at BabySecurity.co.uk (Doesn’t ship overseas).
- Recipe book for Babycook (A translated French Amazon page. I’ll be looking for a better source).
- Free recipes for Babycook (Roughly translated from French) â€“ it looks like a fan site.