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Homemade Baby Food/Magic Bullet

I have been interested in becoming a better cook and making my own baby food when Tristan gets old enough for solids. We have a blender but that just seems like it would be such a mess. I know some people skip the purees but in the case he prefers them I was thinking about getting the Magic Bullet that they have on those As Seen on TV infomercials. ( www.buythebullet.com ) I am always a bit hesitant as to how well that stuff works though. It looks like it would be perfect for making baby food and I could use it to aid in some of the chopping and mincing needed for the adult meals too.

Has anyone owned one of these or made baby food with them? Is it worth the money?

and for those of you who have made your own baby food were you glad you did or did it end up being just a big hassle?



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Jan. 19th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my magic bullet and HAVE made baby food with it. It's spectacular!
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
The blender is actually good as it makes smoother purees than a food processor, though they are a bit of a pain to get out. I almost always used the food processor and occasionally used the blender, and that was good enough to get us through the puree stage.

If you'd like to start doing more cooking, I really recommend a food processor. It really makes things so much easier and faster. I was surprised when I started using one.
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I have a magic Bullet for that purpose and I HATE using it. I much prefer our blender over it. Basically I feel like I wasted $60 for something I don't use.

I'm glad that I make my daughter's food for her, but if I could do it again, I would skip the purees and give her soft chunks instead. She's 14 months old and is just starting to eat non-pureed food and had a really hard time with gagging on anything other than pureed consistancy.
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
May I ask what you didnt like about it/why you preferred the blender? was it hard to clean or did it not puree well or something?
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
The blender purees food better and quicker. I also really like that I can pour the purees into an ice tray instead of having to get them out with a spoon and making a huge mess :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)

I used the magic bullet once or twice, and then just went back to the food processor. I guess if I were only making enough for one meal, the m.b. might be okay, but I usually roast a bunch of sweet potatoes, throw them through the food processor quick, and freeze what I don't need right away. It definitely is faster and smoother.
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Jan. 19th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
My girl didn't choke. Once in a while, she gags a bit, when she's shoved too much in. But she's really into self-feeding, so I just give her soft foods. It's messy, but she loves it. Here's a link: http://wholesomebabyfood.com/babyfingerfood.htm
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Jan. 20th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Good luck. :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
our food processor will slice vegetables, grate cheese, make thick stuff like salsa and very fine purees like baby food. i considered getting a magic bullet for making baby food but it really is so much more efficient to make a big batch all at once. i buy several peaches or apples or a bag of cherries and bake them, then blend them, freeze them in ice cube trays and put them in ziplock bags in the freezer. the magic bullet just wouldn't be able to handle that much at a time. the blender/food processor i got was only $20 more than a magic bullet too.

on the other hand, my sister really likes her magic bullet, although she doesn't use it for making baby food (no kids).

i enjoy making baby food. i feel like it is very rewarding to feed the baby something i know i made. plus, it's not difficult so i don't feel like it's a hassle. i do not make 100% of my baby's food though. i have a food mill (just google "food mill baby" and it'll come up) to grind up table foods into tiny chunks (pinhead sizes), and that is just a 3 piece device: easy to wash and easy to use. i really like that to grind up a little bit of whatever we're eating, for once the baby can handle chunkier foods.
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
I just use my $8 Big W hand blender (it came with a handy dandy attachment thingie that I just throw everything into, attach the hand blender sans blade part, and hit the button.
Jan. 19th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
we have the magic bullet and have made all of our own babyfood. some things worked well in there, but a lot we found was easier to just mash with a fork. of course then zeke didn't like anything pureed anyway, so we just went on to table foods :P
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
i tried to make my own baby food, and my son choked really hard on it, so i just ended up buying organic jarred babyfood. he never ate much of the pureed stuff anyway. i just kept jars of peas and stuff like that on hand if i felt like he wasn't getting enough veggies during the day. i'd offer him solids at meal times just to keep a routine going for him, but he was never that interested until he could eat finger food anyway. good luck! i'd never buy a magic bullet because to me it seems really gimmicky and cheap, but i also have a nice food processor and a blender so i don't need something like that anyway. my only advice would be to make sure your veggies are cooked thoroughly (i think that was part of my problem with the gagging, the veggies weren't soft enough when i blended them?) and add a fair amount of water (or thin with breastmilk when you go to feed it to your kid). i found that avocados were the easiest thing to make homemade babyfood out of, and babies love them anyway. also it's really easy to transition into chunkier bits of avocado as they get bigger. banana is good too, but it can constipate babies so don't go overboard. oh yeah, CARROTS ARE CONSTIPATING TOO. i learned that one the hard way.

have fun :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
I asked a woman on cheapcycle once who was asking to buy extra cups for her Magic Bullet (which always makes me think sex toy but I digress) if it was any good, because I considered getting one. She said that it was sucky for everything except making mixed drinks. I have no personal experience, but that did defer me from buying one. I just bought a Cuisinart Blender at Sams Club and made pureed carrots yesterday and it did great.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
I've never used a magic bullet, I made all my own babyfood using a food processor. I started off using the liquidiser attachment, for making really smooth purees, then progressed to using the food processor bit, which you can use to make the foods thicker and more chunky. I liked it because it allowed me to make and blend a large batch of babyfood in one go, and I then separated it into individual portions (starting with a ice-cube tray and then later using the Avent Via cups when my son started eating more) and stored it in the freezer. I still use the liquidiser when making home made soup or pasta sauce for the whole family. Making babyfood is no more messy than making adult food. I am very glad I made my son's babyfood, and I intend to do the same for my daughter when she is old enough. Home made babyfood is the healthiest option for them and it meant I had no trouble transitioning my son onto eating the same meals as me and my husband.
Jan. 19th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
i haven't made baby food with it yet but i love my cuisinart mini prep food processor. i got it for around $20 at costco. it's a small version of a food processor, i make stuff like hummus (which comes out very smooth) and chicken salad in it all the time. it's cheaper than a magic bullet for sure, and i would imagine it would work just as well if not better.
Jan. 19th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
We had a stick blender that you can used an a glass dish. It worked just fine and it was super cheap from Walmart.
Honestly though, I gave up on making my own purees. The amount that DD ate (or lack there of), it was cheaper/easier to pay .40 for a jar of babyfood. I'm glad we did, just because of how much she didn't want to eat. :|
She was munchin on slices and chunks of food when she was 7.5 months. It was way easier then. :)
Jan. 19th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm VERY glad I made my own baby food. It seemed like it was easier to just puree the food I already had rather than buy extra jarred food. Plus, the quality is SO much better and it's a lot cheaper!

I got a food processor for my baby shower. My daughter is two and the processor still hasn't been used! I used a little hand mill-- it was quick and easy, and you could just throw the parts (2 or 3 total!) into the dishwasher. One of my best friends did use something like the Magic Bullet, and it was also very easy. I'd recommend one of those two; I wouldn't get a food processor unless you're planning on making your own flour or something.
Jan. 19th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I have a Magic Bullet and I use if a few times a week to make fruit smoothies for myself. It works great for that purpose. I plan to make baby food with it in a few months when we start solids. We also have a food processor which I may use to make bigger batches of baby food and freeze them. But I'm thinking if I want to make a small amount of fresh pureed baby food the Magic Bullet will be perfect.
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I bought a magic bullet for baby food. It did work great and its easy to clean up. I loved it. Theres so much other stuff you can use it for too. We mostly use it for smoothies or frozen drinks. mmm
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I loved making my own baby food with a mini food processor. It held just enough for an ice cube tray full of whatever food I was making. I also cooked my own barley, rice, and oats for his meals and could just give them a whir in the food processor for a few seconds to make them smoother (before he learned to chew well). I could make whatever organic fruit or vegetable was in season and know he was getting the highest quality food... unlike commercial baby food that uses the fruit and veggies that aren't suitable for normal sale. It wasn't that much trouble, and my son had a much more varied diet than the available commercial baby food. I'd definitely make baby food for future babies, too!
Jan. 19th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I have magic bullet but I don't use it to puree my food. It's just too much hassle...

I use this:

So much easier to clean, and makes just the right portion. I only make his food once a week, and freeze it the ice tray.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
i used the cuisinart mini prep, it worked great.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Making her baby food has been really easy. And I even work half the week. But it really hasn't been hard, so I'm glad I've done it.

I don't know that you'll need a magic bullet. I have a mini-food processor that I've used, and I've used the blender. Both were fine. These days, she's not really into the purees anymore because she wants to feed herself, so we just do soft foods. She's eight and a half months.
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Making your own baby food is so easy! If you can boil/bake/steam something then you can make your own baby food. There's nothing to it! I have used a blender and a mini food processor. I liked my blender a lot better than the food processor though...but sadly, sweet potatoes killed it. The food processor is nice for travel though...like when we go to the inlaws. It holds about 2 cups so it's perfect for baby food!
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
I love the bullet! I used it all the time. Mine came with various size blender containers, so I would make huge batches of foods and then freeze them in ice cube trays. My son would get so excited everytime he heard the blender-he knew it was time to eat. My husband uses the other blade to grind his fresh coffee. We've been using ours for 18 months now-now problems. I would highly recommend it.
Jan. 20th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
I use the Magic Bullet and it worked great. My son started solids at 6 months and I made all his purees for the first 3 months. Then I started mixing them with baby food. My main reason behind making my own is that I didn't want him to learn to ONLY like flavorless stuff in the jar. Fresh homemade purees develope an infants taste buds and prevent them from only liking chicken nuggets and gold fish crackers when they're 2.

Good Luck.

p.s. it's easy!
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