A baby’s first year is packed with milestones and ‘firsts’! From holding their head up to sitting up and eating solids and more… The move from a milk-based diet to ‘real food’ is a huge milestone and it also brings with it a whole heap of new challenges.
Most babies start their journey into the world of ‘real food’ with cereal or porridge. The next stage is usually purees of fruit, veggies, and meats and, eventually a mixture of all of the above.
This is when you’ll find yourself on the hunt for the best steamer and blender, which will soon become one of your most used kitchen appliances.
So here comes my new toy – the Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender. It’s a godsend for the busy mum with a brand new eater.
For those who don’t know, Tommee Tippee is the number one baby feeding accessories brand in the UK and one of the top brands of infant products and accessories in the global market. The brand was recently awarded consumer Superbrands status in the 20135 survey.
So when I was given the chance to review the Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steamer Blender and it came with the tagline “Making Weaning Easy” I was very keen to give it a go. It’s an all-in-one with just one touch of a button.
With everything being done in one gadget you save on washing up while preserving nutrients and taste with the healthy steaming method of all the ingredients which you then blend from first tastes smooth to toddler chunky.
It comes with a really useful leaflet inside the box that gives you recommended timings for the most common vegetables. I don’t cook in the kitchen very often so this was a real help as I probably would have undercooked them left to my own devices.
The sleek design of the blender comes with two freezer pots, for storage of the food when blended and a small spatula. It also comes with a handy guide on timings for steaming and blending. One of the most attractive features it advertises is the fact you can steam then blend all in one cycle, no need to transfer or change any pots or add any more water.
Next, the control panel is so user-friendly. You simply press ‘steam’ then the (+) and (-) button to input your time, press the blend and input the time again, then press the main middle button to start. You can also steam or blend separately if you wish and can easily adjust steaming time and blending time to create your perfect consistency.
During steaming, the water tank and food container parts both lock for safety and no steam escape the gadget during use so is safe from the heat.
At first I was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t blend as well as a standard blender and not produce the greatest consistency, but actually I’m so impressed with this, especially with foods like carrot, broccoli, pumpkin, it’s been really smooth which is what you need for the very beginnings of weaning. Have a look at a few ‘action shots’ below.
The best part is it also comes with some fabulous recipe cards along with some delicious recipes on the website to get you started. Choose from nutritionist approved purees and mashes, that cater for the full weaning spectrum, from little bubs to toddlers.
SUMMARIZE OF ITS BENEFITS:
Able to preserve nutrients and flavor by the healthy steaming method.
Blends easily with a range of textures for every weaning stage
User-friendly as no transfer between steaming and blending
Automatic timer so you can just set, leave and simply serve or store
Small number of parts for easy cleaning
It’s BPA Free for ultimate reassurance
It’s a Made for Mums GOLD Best Product for Weaning 2017
Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender is the simplest way to prepare and I think is a must-have gadget and a good investment if you decided to go down the traditional weaning route.