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My daughter has this steamer and blender by Avent that she bought in the UK and she prepares all of her baby food. I have used it also, and it is great. It came with recipe booklet that included a chart telling you the amount of time needed for certain foods, and also a measuring cup that is marked for the correct amount of water for the food item you are preparing. You then pour the water in a reservoir located on the base at the back. No guessing, no setting, just put it on the steam icon and it steams until the water is gone and the food is cooked. Once it is steamed, you invert the container for blending. It is simple and easy to use. The top part comes apart easily for cleaning. You know exactly what is in the food, pure and healthy!
This little gadget is a must for all new mums. It makes pureed food in as little as 10mins. You can buy it on amazon for £60 but i have seen it in an asda leaflet on sale at £45 from monday 18th jan 2011. dont worry if u missed it, its still worth the £60 as far as being a new mum is concerned. I will detail the product as follows but if u still want more info check out the video of it in use at amazon - it sold it for me!
It's neat and compact so doesnt stand out in your kitchen.
It comes with a recipe booklet and spatula.
Method - you chop into cubes for example sweet potato and carrot.
Put the contents into the blender jug and put on the lid.
Using the water measuring cup, fill it up with water to the desired level which is marked in 5, 10, 15 or 20 minute intervals. Pour the water into the base by lifting a small lid then close it shut - make sure it is shut or all the steam will escape. (10 mins for this recipe).
Now for the really clever bit - turn the jug upside down and secure back onto the base.
Turn the knob to steam. Sit back and watch the vegetables cook by steam - the healthiest option.
When the time is up it will beep. The veg is now cooked and soft in its own juice - you can pour some of this out depending on how thin/smooth or thick/lumpy you would like the puree.
Now the clever bit again - turn it back the right way again (this way the blades are now at the bottom of the jug and ready for action) and secure back onto the base - none of this is fiddley.
Turn the knob to blend. Short sharp bursts - its powerful.
Open the lid and pour your now ready homemade baby puree into a clean container - freeze if you wish.All of the device is easily cleaned although the lid can get stained a bit depending what your're doing but you can also put it in the diswasher (jug, lid and blades).
You can even do meat - simply chop up a raw chicken breast and away you go.
I have done apple/pear, chicken, beef, salmon and all sorts of veg mixes.
Pros - quick, fresh, you know whats in it, you can freeze batches, no limits on what you can do, your baby will love it
Cons - i dont have any except as a mother of twins it could be a bit bigger but then it would be too bulky in the kitchen i suppose.
I already had a hand blender but this is far far better - the blender is more effecient and the fact that it steams as well is superb - imagine getting all those pots and pans out to steam a few apples and pears!!
As we have moved onto stage 2 of weaning i find it useful to pour out some of the juices once it has steamed to make the food thicker and a bit lumpier. Freezing pots can be bought cheaply in asda - where the baby stuff is.
Short name: Avent SCF870/21