My baby boys have started solid foods! We are trying Baby-Led-Weaning with our twins, which involves delaying the start of solids until around six months and skipping the mushy baby food-from-a-spoon altogether. Chip-sized portions of well-steamed veggies, slices of ripe avocado and cucumber, and after that soft fruits, are what’s on the menu to start–things firm enough so they can pick it up and put in their mouths themselves, but still soft enough to be easily gummed. With this new adventure comes the need for multiple batches of tiny amounts of steaming everyday. Using and washing my big family steamer was not something I was looking forward to. So, I just made a mini steamer using things I had laying around. This would also be appropriate for steaming a single adult’s portion.
For this project you will need:
(1) Two small plastic food containers that nest together with a bit of airspace in between.
(2) One lid that fits the food container.
(3) Small drill or something to poke holes into the plastic with.
This is a great way to reuse containers that you’ve lost a lid for, that have a cracked bottom, or that you just don’t like anymore. I am using round Ziploc 2-cup containers, but you can use any size you want. If the containers are dishwasher safe, your mini steamer will be, too.
Decide which container will hold the veggies and which will hold the water. If one of your containers already has a hole or crack in it, use it for the top (veggie) portion.
Drill or poke holes into the bottom of the veggie container. Be generous with the number of holes. You’re done! Just add a small amount of water to your bottom cup, nest the veggie cup into it, add your veggies, snap on the lid and microwave until done.
Cost: $0.00, Time: Less than 10 min. Recycles items that would otherwise be thrown away, and sure beats this $30 1-person steamer from Bed, Bath and Beyond!