Boon Review and Baby’s Springtime Mash
A few weeks ago, Boon contacted me about doing a review of some of their feeding and cleaning products. I love their products – so sturdy, modern, and clean looking, so I jumped at the opportunity. Before long, a happy box arrived at my door full of all kinds of lovely baby gear. I decided to make a Vichysoisse-inspired baby food to test out some of these goodies, but more on that in a minute.
The following is my honest, uncoerced opinion.
The Sippy Cup: Bizarrely simple design, awesome cup
I have been on the hunt for a good sippy cup for years. Years. When my oldest was a baby, she liked the hard top sippys with that little rubbery gasket inside that has to be cleaned. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s annoying and gross because gasket never really gets clean. My toddler prefers the soft-top sippys, but she bites through them. I prefer not spending $6 on what will become basically 2 disposable sippy cups. She can’t quite figure out how to use the hard sippys with the gasket, so I took that part out, which means she can now dump the contents of her cup all over the living room.
When I pulled these cups and lids out of the box, I couldn’t have been more skeptical. I thought 1. there’s no way that’s leak proof, and 2. If it is leak-proof, it won’t be for long because my kids will pull it off the cup.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love these sippy cups and tops for my toddler, and the lidded cups and straws set for my big kid. The tops fit over basically any kid-sized cup you have, and they’re really hard to get off – my kids haven’t been able to do it yet. The sippy tops don’t leak, and – my favorite – they are incredibly easy to clean. I love them. You can get them on amazon.
Utensils & Plates
The utensils and plates are sturdy, pretty, and don’t have images that will wear and chip like so many kid dishes do. My toddler likes the bendable spork, and my little girl loves that she has her own kid-sized knife.
Boon also sent me a little cleaning scrubby called “Forb Mini” that dispenses soap when you press the top. I didn’t think it was anything special (besides being cute and brightly colored), but I found that, although it works well on the Boon baby dishes, it is awesome for cleaning bowls that have had bread dough in them. It’s obviously not what this was designed for, but the thick, sturdy scrubbers are just perfect for dough that never, ever gets out of sponges or brushes. If you’re a baker, you need one of these.
This web-like gadget, which is called “Span,” is made to keep all your baby bottles, cups, and such in place so they don’t turn and fill with water in the dishwasher. To be honest, I didn’t realize this was a big enough problem to warrant creating or buying a product. Yeah, every now and then a bowl turns and fills with water, but sometimes I can’t find my keys, too: it’s annoying, but just part of living. That said, if you really really really hate water-logged baby bottles and bowls, this does seem to work.
On to the recipe!
I made this recipe to let my little girl test out the baby spoon, which she loved. The inspiration here is Vichychoisse, a classic French potato-and-leek soup that’s mild and rich and delicious. I added carrots for some sweetness and to help temper the asparagus flavor. My baby definitely liked this best with some freshly grated cheddar on top.
Yield: 1 1/2 c. purée
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: about 20 minutes
Total Time: about 25 minutes
Baby's Springtime Mash
Vichysoisse flavor + asparagus for baby.
1 T. butter
1/2 leek, white part only, chopped and then rinsed to get the sand out (or a bit of chopped sweet onion)
1 potato, peeled and diced, organic if possible
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
5 stalks of asparagus, woody base trimmed and roughly chopped
pinch of salt
1/4 c. milk (or more to thin)
1/4 c. chicken stock or water*
grated cheddar for topping
- In a dutch oven, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the leek, potatoes, asparagus, and carrots, and sauté until they soften. I had huge asparagus that took awhile to get tender, but if you have delicate, awesome asparagus, I wouldn't add them until the next step.
- Add the stock and simmer until the vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork. Stir in the milk.
- Grab your immersion blender and purée, adding more milk or stock as needed for the consistency you want. Taste and add a tiny pinch of salt if desired.
- Add grated cheddar cheese before serving.
*Chicken broth is a cinch to make at home. Next time you roast a chicken (here's my favorite recipe), put the bones and the skin in a crock pot with enough water to cover. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (it helps leach out the nutrients from the bones), pop the lid on it, and simmer for 24-48 hours.
Storage: Since there is potato in this recipe, I wouldn't recommend freezing it, but it will keep just fine in the fridge for about 2 days.
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