Infantino held a contest on their Facebook page a month or so ago, asking for puree party ideas in regards to testing out their new Fresh Squeezed product line being released in September. The concept of this new product line is to create your own baby-food pouches. I was one of the lucky recipients to receive the Squeeze Station, the Steam and Smush, the Peppy Puree, Squeeze Bags, Couple of Spoons, and one reusable pouch to test out and review.
Here is a slideshow of each product and packaging — the presentation is A+, with a current, clean, “trendy” feel to the labeling and material content.
A few new-mama friends came over today and we tested out these new products for use with local produce from our gardens and Farmer’s Market. We steamed, roasted, boiled, and/or pureed individual batches of peaches, apples, butternut squash, carrots, zucchini, sweet potato, and summer squash, along with non-local bananas and blueberries.
Our babies range in age from 5 months to 8 months and we made many different combinations of foods to match our little ones’ level of development. Pouches of pure, single ingredients were made, along with multiple fruit and veggie combinations with spices. Some examples: Peach & Apple; Butternut Squash, Carrot & Apple; Butternut Squash, Carrots & Cinnamon; Roasted Bananas & Blueberries; and Zucchini, Apple & Oatmeal. Pureeing in pure batches made for fun flavor combinations and the adults were licking the spoons as much as the babies certainly will.
Pictured above, from left to right: Bananas & Blueberries blended, Butternut Squash, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes. Summer squash is in the Vitamix, and the Squeeze Station is being filled with an Apple & Peach blend.
Since there were so many purees, we used a few different processors to whip up each batch. We tried out the Peppy Puree, my mini Cuisinart, and a friend’s Vitamix. Well, it should come as no surprise that the Vitamix blew the others out of the water as far as the quantity it could hold and the smooth blend, so we used that after trying the others once just for speed of use. The Peppy Puree was smaller than we would have liked, and it resulted in a more textured consistency of puree. Pictured here is zucchini that was boiled, then pureed with Peppy. I found the machine very stiff to use out of the box, difficult to reassemble for use each time (tricky to figure out how to lock in to place), and the motor has a loud, high pitch. The consistency shown below would be fine for older infants, but most new, puree-feeding moms want a creamy, smooth result. I tried this with green beans a few weeks ago and had a hard time getting a smooth puree without stringy lumps. Perhaps the beans were not cooked properly, but it was an issue that is worth noting.
Alright. Enough puree talk, let’s get in to the meat of this product line– the Squeeze Station. The Squeeze Station is packaged with three tubes (four ounces each), 10 pouches, and one tube-press (aka plunger). This was remarkably easy to use, and with the addition of the 50-pouch box, it allowed us to create a large amount of food. We used up all of the purees we had made and still had 15 pouches left over. Here are some action photos:
We experimented with layering for colorful looks.
The look of the pouch, the size compared to another store-bought brand, Plum Organics, and a bag filled with completed pouches!
Also tested out were the reusable silicone pouch, and a spoon attachment.
Our tester approved of all puree combinations, even licking the spatula clean. Shown on both right hand side photos is the reusable silicone pouch. The spoon attachment is connected in the bottom photo. It has been taken off on the top photo, and Little Brim grabbed it from me to try and use himself. He has never fed from a pouch directly before, and it certainly would not be possible with this particular pouch due to it not being vacuum sealed. I found it challenging to dispense puree in to the spoon without it “burping” air and splattering puree everywhere, even with gentle pressure. It was also a challenge to use all of the food inside the pouch as, in comparison to store-bought pouches that are vacuum sealed, you can not flatten and squeeze the food toward the spout for use. This was only my first time using this pouch, however, so I am going to play around with it a few more times to see if I can figure out how to work around those issues.
SO! There you have it! The Infantino Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station review.
PROS: The station itself is great. Easy to use. The 50 pouches creates a lot of food.
CONS: The Steam & Smush we found to be much too small for making a large quantity of food. The steamer and basket can hold about one diced sweet potato. The Peppy Puree processor was also much too small for large quantities. These would be useful if you were going to just whip up a batch for one nights’ dinner. Most moms I know that make their own food though, do so in large batches one day a week to minimize the time spent daily cooking. Also, extra plungers for the Squeeze Station would be helpful as it would ease having to wash between batches. A plunger for each pouch-filling tube would be great. The suction created with the plunger and tube caused some puree to get sucked back up out of the pouch. This is probably normal just due to the nature of that motion, but just to note.
BOTTOM LINE: The Squeeze Station is worth it! We loved it, it created a ton of food, and making batches of baby food was a great reason to get friends together on a rainy Sunday. We highly recommend this product. The Steam & Smush and Peppy Puree we feel may not be worth the investment, especially if you have other kitchen equipment that may do the same function (blender, Cuisinart, or potato masher). The small size was the main turnoff for us, if there was a larger size available, then the steamer basket may be worth it. The spoon attachments were a nice touch, and they are packaged in a great carrying case. I love the idea of the reusable silicone pouch, and I am going to keep on trying to work with it to see if there is a way to use it without the air “burping” from the spoon attachment.
Infantino has done something pretty awesome here by creating a product that has a very high demand and has zero competition on the market. I have no doubt the Squeeze Station will be a large success for them, and we have been excited to have been a part of the process!
Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re thinking – are you planning on purchasing a Squeeze Station?
Infantino is releasing this product to Babies-R-Us in September. According to a post on their Facebook page, the price points will be as follows:
Squeeze Station $24.99
50-Pack of Squeeze Pouches $16.99
Steam & Smush $12.99
Couple of Spoons $3.99
Freezer Sleeve $9.99
Mighty Mill $12.99
Peppy Puree $19.99
Disclaimer: “I have received the Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station from Infantino to facilitate my review.”