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Using a moka coffee maker for baby formula

November 29, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Seriously, why not?

  
I received a long lecture from the midwife on a second baby on how to sterilise everything for baby formula. There is this difficult compromise between boiling a water batch for five minutes in advance to kill any bacteria in the water, then storing it in a sealed container for use; or boiling water fresh in a kettle and adding it to the formula to kill any bacteria such as salmonella in the formula powder.

Of course you could do both…. which will take you about half an hour to make one formula bottle. 

I do keep pre-boiled water in a sealed Tupperware container for emergency use, as it is far quicker to warm up cold water than to cool down boiling water, but I feel that sterilising the formula with boiling water is preferable. I boil the water in the container in the microwave, since that makes it easier to keep it sterile.

So, I was thinking about boiling it in a covered saucepan to reduce the energy required to heat the water, and wondering whether I had any other sealed utensils suitable for boiling on the gas, when I thought about my Moka coffee maker.

Think about it.

It’s sealed, handles small volumes of water, wastes very little water in boiling, and the water that you receive has effectively been converted to steam under pressure in order for it to reach the top compartment, so should be pretty sterile.

Out of interest, I measured the volume of the water compartment. It is 180ml, exactly 3 scoops of formula.

I’m going to try this. I wonder if you could actually put the formula in the coffee sieve: one concern is that the high steam pressure would break down ingredients in the formula, so I won’t try that, but it’s an interesting idea.

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  1. damo
    December 13, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    OK – so the feedback I had was that this was a bad idea.

    Not because of the general principle, but because cheaper Moka makers (including the one in the photo) are made of Aluminium. There’s a risk of the Aluminium leeching into the fluid, which is something you really don’t want to feed a baby in large volumes or for long periods.

    Higher qualify Moka machines are stainless steel, where apparently this risk should be mitigated.

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