If you plan to make baby food, or at least attempt it, you have to get the Infantino Squeeze Station. You will love yourself for buying this inexpensive, wonderful little contraption that makes storing your hard-earned homemade baby food a breeze.
How To Make Baby Food
There are a few ways to make baby food, but my favorite method has been steaming. If you have a steamer, then you’re all set. But if you’re like me and don’t have one, you’ll have to get creative. I used a pot and put about an inch of water in it, and put my metal strainer in the pot. Make sure the water doesn’t reach the strainer, and you are all set!
Now, you can steam about anything. During this tutorial, I will be using pears. Pears have become a fan-favorite for Mason. He loves how sweet they are, it’s like a treat. And he truly cannot get enough – I buy a bag of Bartlett pears at Publix and make his food and it lasts me all of three days. Which is no problem! I’m just glad he loves my homemade food.
So, you take out your pears and scrub them in the sink. Make sure they are clean, then get to peeling. Remove the stem from the pears and chop them into reasonably sized cubes.
Once your pears are cubed, you’re ready to steam them! Place the cubes into the make-shift steamer once the water is boiling, reduce the heat and set your timer for 10-15 minutes. You can leave the kitchen, but keep an eye on the pears to make sure they don’t brown.
In The Meantime
While I cook, I have Mason in his jumper or the walker. He loves both of those, but what he really loves is when I make faces at him. He has recently been loving when I blow raspberries at him and peek-a-boo. I will hide behind anything, even something that he could see me through, then I’ll pop out gently and yell “Boo!” and he’ll shriek with joy! It’s the most heartwarming noise. He is my favorite little cooking buddy.
After it’s been an adequate amount of time, take the pears away from the heat. Before you can finish making the pears, you have to let them cool completely.
Do not get rid of the steam water. Although you probably don’t need to use it for pears, some vegetables aren’t watery enough by themselves so you will need to add it in with the blender.
The next step is not Mason’s favorite. If your babe is okay with the noise of the blender, then you’re set to go. But Mason does not like this noise and cries, so I try to get this done when he is not in the room. (Mason is pretty good with other loud noises; I spent my pregnancy around loud barking dogs, so he is used to nearly everything).
As I’ve shared before, we have a Ninja blender that works like a charm. Put the cubed, cooled pears in and press start! Give it a minute or so to blend until it is smooth. Like I said above, you probably will not have to use the water that you used the steam because the pears are so juicy.
Once you’ve finished blending, you are ready to use the Squeeze Station! Yippee!
Using The Infantino Squeeze Station
Open up the box it comes in and take everything out. You have a few parts: the station itself, three measuring cups, the tool to push the food into the pouches and the one-time-use pouches the station comes with.
Make sure you’ve cleaned all these pieces before use, then you’re ready to squeeze. Set up the station on a flat surface, and place a pouch in the station. You will see little notches on the station that fit into the grooves at the top of the pouches – make sure they’ve slid into place securely. After it’s been secured, screw on the measuring cup so that it’s securely attached to the pouch.
I don’t use the pouches that the station came with. Instead, I purchased reusable pouches from Amazon so I can use them over and over again. These fit in the same way that the one-time-use pouches do! They’re a bit bigger, but they fit.
One at a time, I make the pouches (if you want, you can do three at a time). After the measuring cup is attached, pour the pears into the cup.
The Most Fun Part Of This Whole Process
Squeezing your freshly made baby food into it’s pouch is the best part of the whole thing. It’s so fun to do, and I simply can’t wait until Mason gets old enough to do it, too. You’ll take the tool to put it down, and press down the food until it’s all in the pouch.
Sometimes when you pull the tool back out, the air pressure is too great and takes the food out with it, too. So you may want to unscrew the measuring cup and remove the pouch before taking the tool from the measuring cup.
Then you have it – a full pouch of homemade pear baby food! It’s an incredible feeling to know that you’ve made your own little one his food. I feel very proud every time I feed him some food I’ve made for him. And he loves it, too, which is the most important thing.
Why I Love It
It’s extremely simple to use. Sometimes, the process of actually making the baby food is hard (for instance, it’ll be a long time before I attempt making carrots again). But if you’ve got a smooth consistency, the Infantino Squeeze Station is super easy.
It’s also super easy to clean. The station itself is plastic, and has a removable top for easy cleaning. Just use soap and water to clean, or if you have a dishwasher, it’s safe for that, too. Same deal for the cups and pusher.
The reusable pouches that I use are a tiny bit harder to clean. Only because you want to be sure it’s truly clean before you use them again. I use this brush to clean my pouches and it works wonderfully.
If you end up getting this, let me know how you like it!