Heard of the NutriBullet or already own one? You probably have, as it has been one of the most popular kitchen products in the last decade, with over 30 million sold worldwide. The same people are now bringing another entirely unique offering, with the cute look Baby Bullet. It is an easy to use, easy to clean blender made specifically for the preparation and storage of baby foods. Baby Bullet South Africa kindly sent me a unit to review and I have been busy in the kitchen blending homemade baby and toddler favourite foods.
The Baby Bullet has been developed to cater for the busy, modern parent who wants to make healthy food for their children, and fast. There are a number of benefits in making your own homemade baby food: it’s healthier, more environmentally friendly and less expensive than buying store-bought baby food. You know exactly what’s going in to the meal, you can experiment with different flavours, and create meals which cater to any allergies. The 22-piece set contains everything you need to plan, prepare, store and serve baby food. This brings us to the four components of the Baby Bullet baby food making system.
The Baby Bullet comes with two planning tools: the pocket nutritionist, and the user manual and cookbook. The pocket nutritionist is your grocery store companion and helps you decide what foods and in what quantities you need to buy. The user manual and cookbook contains all the info you need to operate the Baby Bullet, with meal plans and recipes. The book includes introducing solids to your child, step-by-step meal plans, recipes and a food journal. The food journal is especially helpful for you to keep track of baby’s progress if baby is being fed by dad, granny or the nanny.
The set may look cute, but it is also powerful. The Power Base has 200W of power and operates by pressing down with the batchbowl or short cups, and twisting. The batchbowl is the larger vessel (946ml), whilst the short cups (354ml) are used to mix and store your ingredients. The Baby Bullet contains two blades: the blend blade for puréeing and blending foods, and the milling blade for milling grains to make cereals.
To prepare the food, choose the ingredients as listed in your menu planner and boil or steam the fruits and vegetables together to save time (and cleaning). If you have any non-cook ingredients, prepare those purées in the meantime. Some ingredients may need to be skinned, peeled, cored and/or seeded. Once that’s done, choose between the batchbowl, short cups and blades, depending on the recipe. Then blend.
Now to decide whether to freeze or refrigerate your homemade baby food. The Baby Bullet storage tools include six storage cups with date-dial lids, and two batch trays All storage and preparation bowl/cups are BPA-free. The date-dial storage cups are refrigerator friendly (do not freeze). Turn the dial to show the date you made the food, and consume the food within 3 days. Freeze large batches with the batch trays, and consume within 30 days of preparation.
It’s time to eat. Serve refrigerated foods directly from the cups or decant. Defrost frozen foods ahead of time, so keep track of your meal planner to ensure you take out the the foods ready for mealtimes. Do not place any Baby Bullet components in the microwave for defrosting or warming!
There are a number of recipes in the user manual and cookbook to get you started. I first tested out making the green pea purée and a vegetable combo of carrot, sweet potato and butternut. Depending on baby’s age, you can determine the consistency by blending for longer, or pulsing the food.
Since my kids are now toddlers, I wanted to test the versatility of the Baby Bullet, as your child gets older. I made strawberry and pear totsicles using the batch trays, and my own colourful spoons. The batchbowl was big enough to make a stack of petite pancakes. Both recipes can be found in the user manual and cookbook. Other toddler recipe ideas from the cookbook include cauliflower scrambled eggs, and mac and cheese.
Baby Bullet vs Nutribullet
- The Baby Bullet is not a mini version of the NutriBullet – it’s a baby food making system.
- It has a smaller motor than the NutriBullet. The smaller motor of the Baby Bullet means it doesn’t pulverize. You can manage the texture based on the weaning stage. The normal NutriBullet only blends to smoothie consistency.
- The batch bowl of the Baby Bullet takes hot foods whereas the NutriBullet can’t take anything hot at all.
Where to Buy
The recommended retail selling price for the Baby Bullet is R1599 and it comes with a 1 year warranty. For more information and stockists, please visit www.nutribullet.co.za. Follow Baby Bullet South Africa on Facebook and Instagram for recipes and specials.
Baby Bullet South African supplied a unit for review and a unit for giveaway purposes. All images are my own.