Food Friday with Munchkin’s Fresh Food Feeding Line

Feeding my children has always been one of my favourite things to do. It is a time to introduce them to flavours and textures and watch them the world around them! For the first 4 months of life, your infant survives solely on the nutrients and calories found in breast milk or formula. It is enough to sustain their system and encourage healthy growth and development. It isn’t until your infant nears their half birthday that their digestive system is able to handle solids. Introducing your baby to food is a huge milestone. It can be exciting, confusing and filled with challenges.

Store bought vs. Homemade Baby Food

PROS:

Store bought baby food- Commercial baby foods offer speed and convenience, easy to store and travel with, and it takes the guess work out of what to feed your baby.

Homemade baby food- Making your own baby food gives you more control over the ingredients in the food itself, more variety in the types of foods used, it looks and tastes better, easy to make, can be stored for later use, less expensive and produces less waste.

CONS:

Store bought baby food- Commercial baby foods has limited textures and flavours, are often filled with fillers and thickeners, and diluted with water resulting in fewer nutrients.

Homemade baby food – The disadvantage of homemade baby food is that it takes time to make the food, it is more difficult to travel with as it requires refrigeration and it spoils quicker.

With my first child, I used primarily store bought baby food. I was a new mom and very unsure of what to feed my infant. I ended up buying store bought baby food and relied on the knowledge of companies like Gerber and Heniz to feed my child.  When my second son came along, I was a little more confident with my roll as a mother and began to experiment with baby food. Often times, it made more sense to feed him what I was finding my oldest. He ended up eating half store bought and half homemade. Whether it was due to laziness, convenience or the dislike of cooking more then one meal, when DD came along, she primarily ate homemade baby food.

Munchkin to the rescue!

Munchkin knows how important it is to feed your child homemade baby food and has created a line of products to make this process as easy as 1-2-3!

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Step 1: Fresh Food Chopper & Steamer

This amazing 2-in-1 product allows you to chop your food into bit-size pieces perfect for steaming! The stainless steel cutting blade easily slices through vegetables and fruits collecting them in the steamer basket. Once you have chopped all your food, simple remove the blade and the sliding lid converts the devices from chopper to steamer instantly.

This was one of my favourite products. It was so easy use that my DS7 was able to cut up strawberries for our Food Friday recipe with a single hand motion.  I loved that I was able to accomplish many things with one product allowing me to save space in the kitchen and be more efficient in my task. Who said fast food can’t be healthy?

Step 2: Mash with the Fresh Food Maker

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After you steam your baby’s food, its important to puree it into an easy to manage consistency.  The Fresh Food Maker uses a serrated, stainless steel blade to purees your steamed vegetables with just a push of a button. Its simple, quick and easy to use!

DS7 enjoyed using this machine too. It is the perfect size to whip up a single baby meal and was very easy to clean. I have used other food processes before and I found I had to shake or stir the mixture to ensure that everything was perfectly chopped. With the Munchkin Fresh Food Maker, it tore through the vegetables in no time and achieved a smooth consistency without any intervention.

Step3: Storage with the Stackable trays or the Fresh Food Freezer Pops

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Once you have created your healthy, homemade baby food, you need to properly store it so that it remains fresh and tasty when you need it. Munchkin has come up with two uniqiue ways to store your food.

Stackable trays – The stackable trays are convenient trays with an air-tight lids. They are prefect for creating 24 1oz portions that can be stacked, frozen and served at another time

The size of the stackable trays is perfect for creating homemade baby food. It provides individual meals and allows you to choose as many cubes as you needed. The airtight lid prevented spillage and kept the food fresh tasting. However, the trays are made of solid plastic and even when twisting as you was is difficult to remove the food without some force.

Freezer Pops – Freezer pops are a unique way to create a healthy, homemade treat.  Yogurt, fruit, or juice can be poured into the molds, frozen then enjoyed later on as popcicle. The molds have easy grip handles that allow your baby to develop fine motor control while maintaining a secure grip and the trays separate to allow for easy storage.

The freezer pops are amazing. The Popsicle hold approx 2 Tbsps of liquid and is the perfect serving size for a baby who prefers to feed herself. I love the large handle as it provides a secure grip and is easy for an uncoordinated baby to use. The separating trays came in handy when placing them in the freezer and allowed me to remove only the pops I needed without melting the rest.

To test out these products, DS7 made Frozen Strawberry puree pops!

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Strawberry Puree Pops
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Serves: 12
On a warm June day, there is nothing nicer then a fresh, homemade strawberry popcicle!
Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups of strawberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Directions
  1. Remove the stems from the strawberries and chop them in Munchkin’s Fresh Food Chopper & Steamer.
  2. Transfer chopped strawberries (and their juice) into Munchkin’s Fresh Food Maker.
  3. Add honey and lemon juice to the mashed strawberries and mix well.
  4. Pour the Strawberry mixture into Munchkin’s Freezer pops and freeze overnight (Minimum 4-6 hours)
  5. Enjoy

 

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I wish I had had this Fresh Food Feeding Line when I first became a mother as it would have made more confident in preparing homemade food for my first son.

Thanks Munchkin for your Fresh Food Feeding Line!

Its the little things!

All product are available on the Munchkin website or at Walmart locations across Canada.

Munchkin has an amazing contest on their Facebook page called Fresh Food Fridays. To enter the contest, share a photo of your little one enjoying fresh foods and every “Fresh Friday”, one lucky winner will receive a full Fresh Food Feeding line system. First winner will be announced July 5th.

 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services, I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. All opinions expressed are my own.

33 comments for “Food Friday with Munchkin’s Fresh Food Feeding Line

  1. July 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    These look like great products! Like you, I like the idea of making my own baby food, but I also like the convenience of store-bought food so often do both. I have a baby approaching first foods so I’ll have to look into this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jenn
      July 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Visit Munchkin’s facebook page and you can WIN one! ;)

  2. July 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    When my nephew was still a bun in the oven, I had looked everywhere for convenient storage for homemade baby foods ’cause I knew my SIL wasn’t going to go with store-bought (its just not her thing.) I couldn’t find what I was looking for at an affordable price anywhere. This Munchkin line would have been perfect! Those freezer pops look yummy, btw! And your kids are all kinds of adorable! :)

  3. July 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I made my DD’s baby food. I was so happy to have been able to make it because I know what is going into the food. I also can choose organic items and feel even better. This system looks so awesome!

  4. July 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, look at all this handy stuff! I loved making baby foods and Munchkins has so many things to help make it even easier. LOVE the freezer pops…I used to do something similar for my kids :)

  5. July 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I made some and bought some :) I probably would have bought this kit as well, it has everything you need.

  6. July 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Awesome info thanks

  7. July 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    My daughter-in-law is using only homemade food for their wee little when she gets older. She (the mom) is a totally healthy eater, so it’ll be interesting to see if their daughter likes to try new things too. I have 2/4 very picky eaters, and 2 who will try anything (some of which I absolutely will not, lol). It’s amazing that this converts from a chopper to a steamer!

  8. July 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Amazing! What a smart idea. Now I’ll be prepared to make home made food when I have my babies. :) Thanks for sharing about this product!

  9. July 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    So cool! :D

  10. Ave
    July 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I prefer to prepare my daughter’s food myself. I have bought some store food too, but she doesn’t like it much. Munchkin’s Fresh Food Feeding Line seems really helpful and easy to use. Those Frozen Strawberry puree pops look delicious!

  11. jared's mum
    July 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    i wish i have stumbled upon this product when my little man was just a baby. i painstakingly mashed every bit of veggie so that i can feed him fresh homemade food.

  12. Debbie
    July 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    We love munchkin products! I would have loved to had this kit when my kiddies were younger…. Love the strawberry pops they look super delicious.

  13. July 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    they didn’t have this kind of stuff back in my day

  14. July 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Wish I would have known about this when my daughter was young. I find there to be so many advantages to homemade baby food.

  15. July 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I don’t have any babies in the house now, but can see how great these would’ve been to have when I did have babies around a lot!

  16. July 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Oh! I want all of that! Homecook is still the best hands down :)

  17. July 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

    oh i like that strawberry popsicle thing. cute guys!

    • Jenn
      July 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thanks! My sous chef was a great help! ;) He was trying to use what he learned on ‘EAT STREET’ in our kitchen! lol

  18. July 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I like the idea of that Fresh Food Chopper & Steamer, I’ll have to keep my eye out for it here – thanks!

  19. July 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Great recipe! Thanks!

  20. Dani @ lifeovereasy
    July 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I think these things would have made my life a lot easier when my girls were young!

  21. July 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I love Munchkins products! I am definitely going to have to try those strawberry puree pops, though! :) And not just for the kids, tee hee!

    • Jenn
      July 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Not gonna lie, the kids didn’t eat them all! ha ha

  22. July 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    My kids would love the freezer pops! I will have to remember this line for baby #3 though.. I love to make my own baby food!

  23. Ashley
    July 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Love Munchkin products, I used them all the time when my kids were smaller!

  24. July 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Homemade is way better than store bought food :) we make fresh food compared to the preservative ones.

  25. July 8, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I don’t have kids but your recipe looks delicious even for adults. :)

  26. July 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love that it’s becoming easier everyday to actually eat healthy!

  27. July 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    The freezer pops are brilliant! I need to go buy those…today!

  28. Katherine
    July 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The freezer pops looks so great! This line is amazing, wish I had it when my kids were littler.

  29. July 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    What a great product!

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