I’m really excited to start weaning Zara. I know we’re doing it all a little bit early (and I in no way encourage early weaning) but after she managed to great a lovely piece of donner meat off my plate, and had a right good chomp, I thought weaning her a couple of weeks early wouldn’t do any harm. Zara can easily sit up unaided and she has fantastic head control. Her hand, eye and mouth coordination is on point! Everything ends up in her mouth these days. Not to mention the increased interest in everything we were eating. So I was fairly happy that she was ready. Now I did plan on doing baby led weaning but as she is under 6 months I thought it best to use baby food for now and then I can introduce solid food when she is 6 months.
That’s where Oxo Tot comes in handy.
The ever kind people at Oxo Tot sent us a couple of products to use for when Zara was ready to wean and I could not wait to use them. I made my own purees with Joshua and I really enjoyed it, knowing exactly what he was eating was bliss. I didn’t have to worry about additives and anything else that may have been bad for him. This was the deciding factor when it came to weaning Zara. I was going to make my own baby food again.
The product I was dying to try was the mash maker! Now, I had a baby blender but it was such a faff to clean I actually dreaded using it again. So the mash maker was the perfect replacement! I had never seen, or heard of, it before so I was slightly skeptical about it. I didn’t even know if it was going to work. But I tried it anyway.
So I cubed and boiled up some butternut squash. Actually, I half cheated on this. Tesco sold fusilli shaped butternut squash, that had been prewashed and cut. I just had to cube it. I’m definitely a lazy cook. Gotta make it easy on myself, I don’t have a lot of time to cook alone in the kitchen.
So I boiled that until soft, it took around 15 minutes although I think I let it sit for around 5 minutes after I had took it off the hob. Clingy babies make cooking hard work. I wasn’t exactly sure how much I could put into the mash maker, it wasn’t very big so I didn’t want to overfill it. I added a couple teaspoons of the butternut squash.
I added a bit of expressed breast milk. I wanted to get a really creamy texture, although I have never been good at getting a creamy texture any time I have attempted to blend food. I placed the insert and pushed it all the way down, then popped the lid on and milk spilled out everywhere, Oops. I think I overfilled it with milk, but it was okay. There was still plenty left inside.
The butternut squash was instantly mashed, without me having to spin the handle. I did though, I spun it like my life depended on it and it was working before my eyes. I should have left the lid on but I wanted to see the consistency I was getting, and I didn’t have to spin for long.
Although it was still a bit lumpy, far too lumpy for Zara. But like I said, I really cannot get the consistency smooth enough. It will be perfect for when Zara is on lumpy food.
The best thing about the mash maker is that it was so easy to clean! There were no fidly bits. There were no nooks and crannys to get into. It was just a quickly swill with water and pop in the dishwater! Perfect!
The bottom of the mill is rubber so it is anti-slip. Perfect for all that arm action you’ll be putting in to make your puree. It worked really well and I was really impressed with just how simple and easy it was to use.
You can purchase the Oxo Tot Mash Maker Food Mill from their website or through Amazon!