While I’m a fan of shortcuts, one thing I did by the book (thank you Gina Ford and Annabel Karmel) was make fruit, vegetable and protein purees from scratch, freezing them in ice cube trays or Avent cups, and then thawing them before feeding.
If you’ve ever pureed baby food, you’ll know that a good hand blender or food processor is a must, and I’ve just tried out the Braun Multiquick 7, which I first reviewed on Girl Guides here. Even if your days of pureeing broccoli and pear are over, this gadget is awesome for everything else – blending, chopping and crushing.
It can crush ice, blend smoothies and milkshakes, and chop anything from chillies to cheese. Within days of getting the hand blender, I pureed my favourite butternut soup , chopped vegetables, and made chocolate chips from a slab (and when I say “I”, I mean the Braun did it for me). It was quick to do its job and timings varied depending on what was being processed – from around 10 seconds for herbs, and about 30 seconds for chocolate.
But the best part is that it’s cordless, and comes with a charging unit to store and recharge the hand blender. The cordless capacity meant I didn’t have to bring the pots or vegetables to the hand blender and its plug point; rather I brought the hand blender to them, and it was a breeze. The device itself is easy to use, and has been designed to operate with one hand, working with just a flick of one button (which means you can do your 100 other tasks with your free hand).
It’s available from around R1 350, and there are some cool recipes on the Braun website, as well as the Baby Nutrition Centre with food ideas, tips and recipes for babies. There’s also a free iTunes app called BabyMeals with more than 100 recipes for your little one.
I think the Braun Multiquick 7 is a cost-effective gadget and can work as well as bigger food processors that are more effective. In fact, there is nothing that this hand blender can’t do that my bigger big-brand food processor can’t do. The Multiquick 7 certainly makes the cut.
Braun Multiquick 7 Hand Blender – Review