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When my son was ready to wean I decided that I would try to make as much of his food myself as possible. At the start of the weaning process, a lot of the recipes that I was following required his food to be pureed completely and I used an electric blender for this purpose. However, as he got older and the recipes changed, a lot of the books spoke of a 'mouli' to remove the tough skins on things like peas, sweetcorn and raisons. When I started to look around for this bit of kit, there seemed to be a lot of online recommendations for the Munchkin Baby Food grinder.
I bought the food grinder for £8.99 from Argos but it is available for £7.99 from various online stores. The grinder is made of plastic - mine is green with a blue rim and blue grinding handle, but other colours are available. Attached to the bottom of the handle and within the main grinder body are some metal plates that rotate as you turn the handle - grinding the food.
The food is loaded at the bottom of the grinder as the bottom section can be removed and slotted in again when loaded with food. You then turn the handle and push down on the grinder and the pureed food rises through the metal plates to the surface where you can scoop it up to feed baby. I mainly used this to remove skins from raisons and sweetcorn rather than to actually blend the food - I found my electric blender much quicker and more practical for preparing big batches of food.
The grinder is easy to use and does not require a lot of elbow grease - something that I was worried about when I purchased it. It purees fruit and vegetables very well and I have found that it removes the tough outer skins on peas and sweetcorn fairly well too. However, it did prove to be quite a laborious task as the skins collected very quickly on the bottom of the metal plates meaning that any of the pureed vegetables had another layer to get through before I could collect them. I was forever taking the grinder apart to remove the skins when I was doing this job - meaning that it took quite a long time to collect even a teaspoon full of usable food.
The grinder does come apart for cleaning very easily and it is simple to reassemble too. It can be cleaned well by hand but it is also top drawer dishwasher safe. I have washed mine in the dishwasher several times and it has been fine and come out very clean.
For me, I much preferred my electric blender for preparing baby food. It is much quicker especially when preparing big batches to freeze as I tend to. I can see the benefits in this food grinder though - it is quite cheap if you wish to avoid the expense of buying an electric blender. It is also good if you like to make baby food up fresh just before feeding as you can puree small amounts - it is hard to puree small amounts using a blender. This is also good for taking away on holiday with you to prepare fresh food as it doesn't require electricity or batteries and is lightweight and easily portable.
Overall, this is a decent food grinder for preparing baby food. Whether I would recommend it or not really depend on what your usage needs are. There is no doubt that it does the job for which it is purchased, and does it pretty well, it is just whether you intend to make food as you go or in batches. If you intend to make food in batches and freeze, I would say that this would be too laborious and probably not for you.