Call me ecologically bankrupt, but I’m willing to pay for convenience. Disposable dipes and wipes are a mainstay around here, as was jarred baby food–until I tried the Beaba Babycook. (Update: Now the Beaba Babycook Pro, shown below.)

This little gadget steams and blends fruits and veggies quickly and efficiently, even for a kitchen novice like me. Not only does the sleek modern design look great on my counter, the Babycook is made of safe Polysulfone–meaning there’s no leaching of any chemicals into my carefully-prepared home made baby food.

Beaba Babycook pro in chocolate mint (that's the color, not the food inside)

It comes with a recipe booklet with instructions for making such delicacies as pear compote and tomato coulis, but I just tossed some diced fresh veggies into the basket, and steamed and pureed them in about 15 minutes. Clean up was a breeze, and now I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing empty plastic food containers in the garbage.

What did my baby think of his preservative-free veggies?  He grimaced and pounded the tray of his high chair like he’d just done a shot of tequila…then he opened his mouth for another bite.  That’s a ringing endorsement.

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