“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 4 months „
My nine and half month old son loves to eat fruit but with just two developed teeth at the bottom and only one poking through at the top (like like a fang!) h finds anything other than banana or a ripened peach, quite difficult. Being very lazy of late I have not done the usual stewed apple and pear that he loves and have resulted in using a lot of the Cow & Gate pureed fruits.
Cow & Gate Baby Balance Peach & Apricot Melba are available to buy in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Boots (that I have seen - quite possibly available elsewhere also). A pack of 4 x 100g pots are usually priced at around £1.69 (but this can vary depending where they are purchased) and are often on multibuy offers such as 2 packs for £3.00 or 3 packs for £3.50. I have seen the latter offer most recently at Tesco and Boots. I tend to stock up on these at Boots as the points value is high.
**THE PRODUCT APPEARANCE, TEXTURE, SMELL & TASTE**
The fruit puree is packaged in a clear plastic pot (sadly not recyclable, but bears the Green Dot) with a foil peel back lid. The puree is an orange- brown colour and completely smooth.
On peeling back the foil lid I am hit with a very fruity smell. The first time I used this flavour I was convinced I could smell banana. I checked the ingredients on the cardboard wrapper layer and discovered that the purees, despite being title Peach & Apricot Melba, contain 61% apple, 10% banana, 10% pear, 10% peach and 7% apricot! I find it a bit bizarre that so my different fruits are used and that the product is not named Mixed Fruit Melba'. However the unexpected addition of apple, banana and pear is not unwelcome. It ensures that babies get a variety of fruit and it does no harm in introducing lots of different flavours.
As I said, the texture is completely smooth and I was unable to detect the 2.5% of wholegrain ground rice.
Despite the list of ingredients showing five different fruits, upon taste I can only detect two individual tastes on my tongue; banana and peach. It is delicious tasting dessert with an ever so slight tang, which I guess would come from the apricot, but this is not an individual taste I can pick up on.
My son thoroughly enjoys this fruit puree and always finishes the whole pot.
**STORAGE AND CONVENIENCE**
The pots require storing in a cool, dry place before opening, so no need to store in the fridge. I throw one of these into my handbag along with a spoon with no worry about it going off. Once opened the unused contents can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours. If the puree has been fed straight from the pot the remaining contents should be discarded. I never have to concern myself over this as Jake always finishes the entire pot, but I would be more than happy to finish it myself!
These go down well with Jake, everytime! They are quite pricey and considerably more than preparing fruit purees myself at home, but great for the convenience. I stock up when these are on multibuy offers to make them a little cheaper. For me, because they are such a hit I consider them value for money and will happily continue to buy them.