- Mash up fruit and steamed veggies
- Can be used at home or on the go
- Microwave safe
- Non-skid base
- Dishwasher-safe and BPA-free
- Mash up fruits and steamed veggies easily^Includes a masher and serving bowl^Easy to clean^Dishwasher safe^BPA free
Made of Plastic #7
I was about to wash and use this product for my baby when I saw at the bottom of the bowl that the plastic recycling sign was #7. I read that #7 is a catch-all category and it may mean it’s an ok plastic if it’s one of those new biobased plastics. I called the toll-free number listed on the package and was told that the product is made of polypropylene TPE. I read in a few books that it is best to stick to #1, #2, #4 and #5 plastics for babies, so I don’t think I will take a chance with this product. It looks like a really good product though and I’m sure it would have been very useful, if not for the #7. I’m giving this a 3-star to be “neutral” since I haven’t used this product and can’t tell if it’s good or not.
BPA-free but also Recycle Plastic # 7: use with discretion
The Nuk Bowl and Masher works great for mashing soft fruit and veggies with ease. The masher handle is more comfortable for a smaller/leaner hand like mine than for my husband who has larger/thicker hands. The bowl handle and base helps keep it steady and the groove lines inside lets you grind the food smoothly but still with texture. Clean-up is quite easy as well.I was quite surprise how small it was when I first received it, but it worked out fine because I wasn’t planning on making large quantities. Measurement-wise: Handle is 3″ wide and 4″ long. Bowl is approx. 4.25″ at opening and 2″ deep. The bowl holds approx. 1 cup of mash food.There are 4 symbols indicated on the bottom of the bowl.- RECYCLE PLASTIC #7 with code PP/TPE (polypropylene) underneath- The CUP AND FORK symbol for plastic is safe for contact with food- A CROSSED-OUT THERMOMETER symbol with 60 degrees Celsius = 140 degrees Fahrenheit next to it- A CLOCK symbol for when it was manufacturedNow there is some confusion here to the #7 plastic code. Typically #7 is not use with food storage because it considered unsafe. This is because often a # “7” on the bottom in the recycling triangle means the material is polycarbonate, but NOT always. Polycarbonate is the plastic that is made from the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA.) However the PP code underneath indicates that it is made with polypropylene which is mostly use for tupperware/food storage container marked under code #5, which is safe. Base on my research, whether the code was printed correctly or not, one can only assume that it is made from plastic #7 but from polypropylene and does NOT contain polycarbonate since it’s marked as BPA-FREE.Whether or not the bowl and masher are dishwasher/microwave safe you should use it at your own desertion. There is NO symbol indicating that it is microwave or dishwasher-safe. I would rather be safe then sorry. There has never been the need for me to put it in the microwave since my fruits and veggies were pre-cut then boiled in a small sauce pot or defrosted in a separate bowl. I never had to use the dishwasher either because I always quickly rinse it under hot water and leave it in a Dish Pan Basin soaking in soapy water with all of the other baby tableware. Never like the idea of mixing our dishes, which contains grease, with the baby’s bowls and bottles.The bottom-line:I think this bowl/masher set is a wonderful tool for making small portion of fresh mash food for babies who have most of their teeth and are already learning to chew and swallow thicker food. It is easy to use and clean. I am not worried about the #7 recycling code bc at the end I will (A) never microwave the bowl, whether it is BPA-free or not, (B) I am not using the bowl as a tableware so my baby never will be chewing on it, (C) I will not store food in it for a long period of time. It was meant for mashing fruit and veggies quickly and it does just that.
Type 7 Plastic
The packaging says that it is BPA free and it could be, but it could be full of many other chamicals and you would never know it. Why? Because this product is type 7 plastic which means “other” so you don’t know what you’re getting. We will not be using this product.
It’s BPA free
The description on Amazon and manufacturer web page does not mention anything about being BPA free. I contacted the manufacturer and confirmed it is actually BPA free. That information is on the packing. Here is some additional information from their customer service: “The food cube tray is actually made from a rubber based material called TPE and I can confirm that this material does pass the UK regulations for food contact.”I tried to mash food using a spoon and it’s not as easy as I thought. I like this masher. It’s perfect when I only want to prepare one serving of baby food and feed my baby right away. It only takes ~30 seconds to mash one serving of food. Easy to wash, too.
It goes everywhere with us now – highly recommend!
This was the perfect item to mash up food to give to our 11 month old. We have tried a few other products that didn’t come close to this in terms of ease of use, effectiveness, and ease of cleaning. Some things I like about this product:- The pieces are dishwasher safe which makes clean up easy.- The bowl has a rubber bottom which makes it slip resistant.- There are grooves in the bowl the provide a nice amount friction for mashing up foods.- It is sturdy and durable.We have used this for about a month with all kinds of foods: pasta, meats, beans, fruits, veggies, etc. For the cost, I cannot recommend picking up this product enough – you will not be disappointed. It more than easily pays for itself in money saved from buying less jars of baby food!UPDATE:- over 6 months later and we have pretty much stopped using this product as our son is old enough (and has enough teeth) to not need most foods mashed up. Although, he does enjoy potatoes and other veggies mashed up still…so it still gets some occasional use.This has held up through the entire time we used it and it will be ready to go for our next child! I stand by my original review of this product – it was a HUGE help for feeding our son all sorts of table food for many months.
Not for babies who are just starting solids
Maybe I am doing something wrong, but no matter how much I mashed steamed fruit and veggies with this thing, there where still chunks left. This may be better for older babies, but I don’t believe that the label should say from 6 months. The price, size, design are great. However, I still have to purchase something else in order to make purees that my son can handle.
Not tried yet
Not tried yet. hope baby will like it and useful to mash food.looks like good. gd gd gd gd
Food gets stuck in the masher part, and in the grooves on the bottom. Also, the product details say it is ‘imported’ but doesn’t list the country of origin. I should have known that it was made in China. 🙁
Tried almost everything.. this is still the best!!
I have tried almost everything to make baby food:- baby food mills- baby food makers (that steam, blend, all in one)- food blenders- food processorsi still come crawling back to my freshfoods mash and serve bowl.here’s why:- easy to clean. all the others I have tried were time consuming to clean and dry. I need it to be fast.- I can take it anywhere- it’s great quality – so far no staining or warping of plastic of any kind.- its fast and surprisingly easy to mash.- zero noise. when i use the other food makers (particularly blender and processor, it wakes up my son)- it’s cheapthe only downside is you wouldn’t be able to make as much as using a food blender. but I can definitely live with that. A must-have for every mom out there.I will be definitely buying these and giving them as gifts to every baby shower I attend from now on.
Freshfoods Mash & Serve Bowl
Great for making healthy, nutritious baby food anywhere at any time.The Food Masher and Bowl is perfect for use at home or out and about. For instant baby food, simply mash banana, avocado, peach or pear on its own or with a little breast or formula milk.
Just didn’t use it
I thought this would be used/needed more than it was. I have maybe found use for it 4-5 times since introducing solids. Could easily have done without.
Smaller than what one thought
The product mashes alright. But the product is quite smaller than what one seems. You should only use maybe a serving of food to mash up at a time.
good quality, but don’t use a lot
This is great for bananas, avocados and other veggies if steamed. The food has to be somewhat soft already for this to work. It was helpful to have from the 6-9 month range, but now that she can handle bigger chunks of food, we don’t really use it much anymore. If I were to do it again I don’t think I would have purchased this only because we only used it for about 3 months between when she started eating pureed food and when she starting eating bigger chunks of food. Overall, if you feel like you will get your use out of it, it did the job and it worked well. It’s definitely of good quality and does just fine in the dishwasher.
Easy to use and clean up is a breeze
I have used this product for about 3 months now. I love how easy it is to mash avocados and bananas for my baby. In addition, I have used it to mash rice and broccoli and whatever else I can think of. It’s good for quick meals and I have bought another one for use at my mom’s house. Great product. I highly recommend!
I purchased this for a trip as insurance against bringing too little food. But it’s been great for adding additional texture to my son’s food (11 months old). Chicken shreds beautifully, while pork and beef are a little harder. The first night I used it, I smashed a little ratatouille for my son. The skins of the zucchini and yellow squash remained whole and separated from the rest easily. He loved it! It’s gotten him used to more texture as we transition away from purees into our table food.
Easy and works well
We mash avocado and other softer foods with this and it works well, is easy to clean and small and light for travel.
Exactly what you think it does
I’ve been using it for about a week now. My 6mo old is not ready to take the skin of peas or the fibrous textures in peaches and plums yet, so I use it to mash the foods then put them through a strainer. It is very easy to clean. The only imperfection is its size. it’s rather small. I can’t only mash 2 tablespoonful of peas or half a peach at a time (you need room to mash).
makes mashing quick
we did very little pureeing for our daughter. We introduced solids just before 6 months and started serving her "real" food as early as she would eat them. for the short time that we mashed her food, this was REALLY convenient. sure, you can use a fork but this is seriously about 20x easier and serves dual purpose as a bowl. I’m pretty sure we’ve used t to mash adult food too. don’t over think it – just buy this and you will definitely get your money’s worth.
Great for mashing eggs
We have to be sneaky with our toddler in order to get him to eat veggies and eggs. We mash up eggs and hide the protein-packed portion of his breakfast in his oatmeal along with the sweeters—blueberry, banana, apple, etc and his veggies—carrots, peas, squash, etc. Works great. In fact we have two so that we have one out when the other is in the dishwasher.
Perfect for baby food at all stages
I bought this initially for making baby food while traveling/on-the-go but as soon as it arrived, we used it right away. I make our baby food at home using the steam/hand blend/freeze method but this allows us to make baby food right there on the spot and it’s nice and fresh. Sure one can argue (poorly at that) that a fork and bowl could yield the same results, but dump your fresh food right in, give the small pulverzier a push and about 2 spins later, you have fresh baby food. My little one is six months and she loves eating: bananas, avocado, peaches, nectarines, and melons. For the banana and avocado, mix it with a little breastmilk or formula to get it to the right runny consistency. The thing I like about this bowl for nectarines and peaches, those fruits have a tendency to be stringy and I’m afraid it will choke my little one. This device cuts up the string without making the mush too runny and leaving it a thick consistency (something a fork and bowl will take you quite a while to do). I often defrost a frozen cube of blended fruit right in the bowl and add half a fresh banana and mush them all together. I like that you can feed your baby right out of the bowl and clean up is a breeze. So glad I bought this thing and I can’t see us living without it.Update (11/15/13): My little one is now ten months old. This bowl masher has taken up permanent residency in our diaper bag. She now eats the same table food we eat. We just cut up smaller chunks of veggies and take more veggies/meat/carb in the bowl and mash that up then mix up the cut up foot with the mashed food to create a chunky stew-like consistency. She only has two bottom teeth and two top teeth poking out so she can’t quite chew some of the harder cuts of meat, so this thing comes in handy when the meats aren’t toddler friendly. It has saved us in packing baby food and BUYING baby food alone. We love this thing!
I like to feed the baby from this bowl. It is easy to hold and is nice and deep. I love to be able to cook the family food and just pop a small portion of the veggies into this bowl and give them a quick mash with the handy masher and not have to worry about buying and cooking specifically for the baby.
Works great, easy to clean…
I use it for mashing baby food. I have to be careful I check the food for chunks and double mash it for my younger baby.
It’s an awkward transition from pureed #2 foods to table foods, and this little thing is perfect – easy to clean (as long as you don’t let the food dry in the little grooves), and can make most foods easy to eat for the little one’s with few teeth!
I had no ambitions of making my own baby food. I bought this to be able to smash the food we normally eat and feed to our baby during dinner but it didn’t work well for my purposes. We eat a lot of rice and beans (I’m Puerto Rican) but it didn’t work for that. It doesn’t smash the rice well enough for me to feed to my 6mo old with confidence that she won’t choke. It would probably work well with steamed veggies though.
Not necessary and a little wasteful
This works okay, but I don’t think it’s all that useful. I bought two just before my son started eating solids. I used one of them a handful of times and the other one is still unopened in my cupboard. The idea is fine, I guess I just don’t really see the need for it. I used it to mash bananas and avocados, but ended up just doing it in a regular bowl because a lot of the food would get stuck in the grooves and I thought it was wasteful. A regular bowl and a spoon work just as well and don’t leave food behind.
Not very useful
The quality of the bowl and masher are very sturdy. Our baby likes to play with it as a toy and that’s basically it. I find it difficult to mash food and I realized most of the food and be prepared pretty mushy. So no need for this item.
So simple yet ingenious
This product is simply designed and gets the job done without any fuss at all. Perfect for when you first start solids and babies are eating all mashed/pureed food. This product lets you get the food to your desired consistency. If you want something like a fine puree consistency, just keep mashing. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare food, cleans easily, and makes the perfect portions to store. I also have a beaba blender/steamer. I never use the blender part of the beaba because it is so much more work to blend, separate the parts for washing, ect and also this plastic masher actually does a better job pureeing foods than my beaba!
I loved it until…
I purchased this product knowing I will be making my own baby food, and this should be of some assistance in the process. I loved it… it mashes fruits very well, is easy to serve from and clean with a brush. I was going to purchase another one and stumbled upon the negative reviews. I was horrified when I found out this was made with #7 plastic, and the health risks it poses to my baby. I used it for over two months but have since stopped and WILL NOT be using this to crush my baby’s food. I hope in that period of using it my baby wasn’t exposed too much to the chemicals contained within to cause any permanent harm. I will rather be safe and use a fork or spoon to crush foods. It’s really cute and eye-catching though… Don’t be fooled.
Great for on the go
Bought this for on the go feelings. Easily fits in a diaper bag and does the job mashing whatever. Steaming te food first makes this easier to use but also great for smashing fresh bananas. Would recommend this product
What a genius product! Started using this food masher when my son was 7 months old. He was ready for "chunkier" solids than just the standard rice cereal. I mainly use the Mash & Serve to mash fresh fruit (it easily breaks down pears, berries, banana, and melons), and steamed vegetables (broccoli, green beans, carrots, sweet potato).2 months later, I am now mashing whatever we’re having for dinner. Meatballs, pasta, soups, meats, and rices/grains.The Mash & Serve is easy to use and easy to clean. It’s the perfect tool for making quick, easy, and healthy baby food. Would make a great baby gift too!!