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Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend ReviewPrice: $40.00 List | $39.99 at Amazon
Pros: Quality puree, easy to clean, inexpensive
Cons: Does not cook
Bottom line: Simple, inexpensive and versatile, this unit makes baby food making a snap
The Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend immersion blender with food processor bowl is a quick and easy baby food making solution that can be used in almost any container with very little mess to clean up after. This makes it an ideal choice for quick meal preparation, on-the-go food making, or large batch food prep to store for later meals. We think this cool easy to option is a good choice for parents with health related concerns about plastic use as it doesn't heat or store food in plastic containers. With an economical price, quick clean up and simple features we think this handy tool will be a nice addition to any family kitchen where parents hope to create their own baby food options.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Sage Spoonfuls was founded by a mom of four, Liza Huber. Liza was inspired to create Sage Spoonfuls so parents could have a convenient way to provide healthy food for their baby. Sage Spoonfuls helps provide nutritional fresh foods on a daily basis.
This comparison chart shows the overall score for each baby food maker tested int his review. The Sage Spoonfuls earned a second place score and an Editors' Choice award.
The information provided below includes details on how the Sage Spoonfuls performed during testing. Individual metric results helped determine the overall score with an emphasis on puree quality and ease of use. Metrics we feel are essential to a good baby food maker.
The Sage Spoonfuls earned an 8 of 10 for puree quality. Puree quality includes consistent and smooth food blends without large chunks that could cause problems for younger babies.
The Sage Spoonfuls creates smooth purees with minimal effort for most of the foods we tested. It did have trouble with the roughage items like kale and spinach, but the majority of the food makers we tested struggled to make a nice puree of these foods.
The Sage comes with two different blades that help ensure that foods of all types can be blended with ease. It may take a quick glance at the manual to determine which blade to use, but using the right blade helps ensure a nice puree.
The Sage had some difficulty with chunky peaches and skins on peas and blueberries, but it did puree some meats where other products only shredded them. Overall, the consistency for most foods is smooth enough for first foods, and the remainder can be saved for when baby has been managing smooth purees with ease.
Ease of Use
The Sage Spoonfuls earned an 8 of 10 for ease of use. For ease of use, we consider how intuitive a product is to use out of the box without the manual and whether or not it takes a significant amount of prep work or time to create food for baby.
This product is very easy to use with minimal settings and no cooking options. This blender has two settings for puree speed and can be used right out of the box without the manual indicating a very intuitive interface.
While the Sage comes with several parts very few are needed for each batch creation. Food is prepared quickly but the motor on the blender shouldn't be used for longer than 15-30 seconds continuously without a break. we do wish the puree time was longer and we aren't a fan of counting while blending, but in general, it isn't hard to do and it gets the job done. Parents can choose between the dedicated immersion blender or the food processor bowl.
Health and Safety
The Sage Spoonfuls earned a 9 of 10 for health and safety. For health and safety, we considered concerns over plastic and parts that were hard to see or clean that might harbor mold, bacteria or rust. We also considered moving blades and potential burns.
The Sage is BPA, Phthalate, Lead and PVC free thanks to the use of glass and stainless steel. We did not experience any non-food taste when using this product, even during the first use. The health factor goes up from there without a steam tank for mold, rust and bacteria to grow. With no nooks or crannies that can't be cleaned this unit should remain a healthy option. This unit is also cooking free which means no concerns over burns related to steam escape or transferring cooked food to a blending container.
Ease of Cleaning
The Sage earned a 9 of 10 for ease of cleaning. Ease of cleaning includes all parts and the amount of time required for proper cleaning.
The Sage has some dishwasher safe parts and some handwash only components. We think it is better and just as easy to hand wash all of the components, but if you are in a hurry, the food processor bowl and blade can be tucked into the dishwasher while the immersion blending rod and food processor top will need hand washing. The manual doesn't indicate any regular or long term maintenance cleaning for this product, unlike the steam products that require regular descaling and tank cleaning.
Sage Spoonfuls offers a few useful accessories you may want to consider for use in conjunction with your Puree and Blend.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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