The Steam and Blend was supposed to make life easy – and this was what finally brought me round to the idea of making my own baby food. Pureeing fruit and veg is not complicated (even without a steam blender) but it is something I put off when starting weaning because I thought it would be time consuming and complicated. Turns out, it’s not. The Steam And Blend is one machine with the options to Steam, Blend or Steam and Blend in the same bowl – thus reducing the washing up required. There really isn’t much to it: a product that I initially found intimidating is one that really couldn’t be easier to use. To put it simply, you chop your chosen ingredients (in my case whatever I can find in the cupboards from last weeks shop) into smaller more manageable chunks, put them all into the bowl, and press start. You can alter the time in 5 minute segments and these display in a countdown on an LED display (handy for us impatient cooks), but 15 minutes is generally about right for me as I am only ever steaming fruit or vegetable.
As with any product, there are downsides if you look for them. I only mention this for the sake of a balanced review, but the reality is, spending £79.99 at once may seem like a bit of an excessive expense for weaning. Price is something that can be off putting initially, but if you do the math, if you are spending £25 a week on pre-packaged purees, it would not be long before you make the money back creating your own. There is also nothing to say that the Steam and Blend is limited to baby food and baby food alone – it’s multi purpose, and there is no doubt in my mind I’ll be getting my moneys worth. It goes without saying the machine is also very warm at the end of the process, but that can only be expected with a product that steams food. It cools very quickly, and the machine itself turns itself off after it is finished which is such a handy feature – although in theory I thought I’d never use it, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve now thrown in some fruit and veg into the Steam and Blend before leaving the house in the morning, happily knowing I will return to a standing house and not the remnants of a house fire.
The Vital Baby Steam and Blend is perfect for those of us who are looking for the quick fixes to daily parenting: those of us who forget to buy our pouches or who don’t have the time to dedicate to sweating over mashed sweet potato and banana. Don’t get me wrong, pouches are convenient, and I will never rely solely on purees alone – Ella’s Kitchen is just as good as whatever I can come up with at home, but I now have the choice to do both. My Vital Baby S&B is my quick fix, and my go to weaning aid. Parenting can be stressful, and if a steam/blender combo can take a little bit of stress out of my week, and give me an extra few pounds at the end of the month, I’m all for it.
Right now, the S&B is out of stock from Vital Baby direct, which speaks volumes for the quality of it. It can be found here on Amazon for £49.99.