“ Brand: Ella's Kitchen / Age: 4 months „
I have been weaning my daughter for 10 weeks now and we have had a constant battle with savoury foods, I decided to do a mixture of purees and also baby led weaning. My daughter will happily eat lots of savoury foods but not veg! I tried my own purees as well as several jars, it was only when I came across Ella's kitchen that I actually found something she would eat happily.
I had already tried two others in the range when I came across this particular food broccoli, pears and peas. It cost 99p in Tesco for a 120g. Unlike other baby foods Ella's Kitchen comes in pouches, you simply screw the top off squeeze out the desired amount and then reseal if you wish to keep some and refrigerate it has to be used in 24 hours. The pouches are also ideal for taking with you as they take up little room.
The pouch is for stage 1 weaning and is suitable for 4 months on. You can use this for older babies by mixing it in with lumpier foods such as meat or fish. The pouch contains 100% fruit and veg this pouch contains 78% pears, 14% peas and 8% broccoli. The pouch is organic and it is suitable for vegetarians. You can heat up the contents of the pouch by standing it in a bowl of warm water or you can squeeze a small amount out and heat it in the microwave you only need to heat it for a few seconds and stir well to avoid hot spots. My daughter likes to eat hers cold, especially from the fridge as she is teething and loves cold foods like yogurts etc.
When you squeeze the contents out of the pouch it is a pale green colour. Unlike jars of veg this has a really smooth consistency. My daughter like this as she prefers cold food she hates jars of savoury as they come out like lumpy mash and need to be heated which she dislikes. As with all foods I give my daughter I tried this, I was plesantly suprised this one really did sound disgusting on the pouch but it was really sweet with just a hint of brocolli.
My daughter loves this flavour, initially she would only manage half a pouch but now she will devour the whole pouch no problem, she always smiles when eating this which I take to be a good sign as when she dislikes something she pulls a face and retches!
I would definately recommend this, even though these cost a little bit more they are great if you have problems introducing savoury foods as I did and they are also great for on the go.
Brocolli, Pear and Peas
I have tried, or actually when I say I have tried I mean my baby has tried a number of the Ella's kitchen food packets and they really are quality, yummy, organic baby food! One of my favourite varieties has been the brocolli, pear and peas one.
I chose the Ella's kitchen range as I had heard good things about it, plus I liked the idea of all the food being organic plus I liked the look of the packaging. All their food comes in resealable foil pouches and all the different flavours are quite colourful, bright and eyecatching. I generally make all of my daughters food but they packets I find are essential for when we are out and about. You do not have to refridgerate them until they are opened so they are perfect to stick in your changing bag and then if you don't use them it doesn't matter, you can save them for another day. Then once they are opened you have 48 hours in which to use them as long as you refridegerate them. You do not have to heat them either which is great if you do not have access to a kitchen. Each pack is 120g and at the moment goes for about three different meal sittings for my little girl and at 99 pence a packet is quite a good bargain too.
Ella's kitchen is the brainchild of a gentleman called Paul Lindley. On his website he explains his vision as such, "Ella is my ten-year-old daughter and I set up Ella's Kitchen because I passionately believe that she, along with her generation, should have the opportunity to eat better food and also to discover that healthy food can be fun, tasty and cool. We think it's important to always approach things from a child's point of view. So, we've taken simple, natural ingredients that ooze goodness and created foods, and packaging, that should really connect with kids - with flavours, colours, textures and even names that will appeal to all of their senses."
The brocolli, pear and peas package is part of their stage 1 food. Stage 1 food is described as such. "These are very different from any other baby food on the supermarket shelves for not only do they contain nothing, absolutely nothing, but pureed organic fruits and vegetables, they have been gently pasteurised and popped into our unique pouches that are so easy when you are out and about or at home. They are healthy AND handy - Pure and simple."
The brocolli, pear and peas come in a green foil packet with pictures of the fruit and vegetables on it. The foil packet has a plastic screw lid at the top which is resealable. When you squeeze out the ingredients you will see it is quite smooth as it is for babies from 4 months plus so will be quite smooth to begin with. IT is a green colour as you would expect and smells more like the vegetables than the pear. My baby loves this flavour and really wolfes it down so they are obviously producing a product that babies enjoy eating.
Another great flavour to come out of Ella's kitchen!
This was the first flavour of Ella's Kitchen I bought, and to be honest I bought it because I wanted to try the unexpected combination of flavours! Both my daughter's have loved this flavour and most of the Ella's range, despite turning their little noses up at every one of my home pureed efforts.
Each of the flavours is naturally brightly coloured, as reflected on the pack itself, and makes it attractive to eat for the babies (and photograph the results!) Combining the fruits with the vegetables gives all of them a sweet taste, but without covering the tastes of the other vegetables. I still find the pouches an effective way of getting veg my girls wouldn't otherwise eat into them.
All the ingredients are organic and there are no hidden nasties, what it says on the front is what is inside the packet. Our youngest daughter is lactose intolerant and it is really helpful to have a brand that we can trust and not have to minutely go over the ingredients to ensure she wont react to the food.
They're fabulous to carry with you if you're out for the day, they squeeze straight onto the spoon (or straight into the mouth of older babes) no worries about bowls or breaking jars. And the caps seal better than jars tend to too.
Why this product
When my son approached the inevitable stage of weaning I turned to the Bible of this the Annabel Karmel book and mush and puree fruit vegetable and baby rice like there was no business. No my son had obviously not read the book and decides this wasn't how he was going to do it! Several trips to talk it over with friends the health visitor basically anyone who would listen to me ramble about him not eating food. I decided to try baby lead weaning which is giving them normal food not puree from day one. But being the neurotic first time mum that I am I still worried he wouldn't be getting the right amount of calories so I tired to offer him so shop bought puree to see if he would take that. I stumble upon the Ella's Kitchen range during this process and I have to say it's the only prepared baby food he would eat.
Who is Ella's Kitchen?
According to the information on the back of the pouch Ella's Kitchen is a family firm set up by a dad who wanted to produce food for his children that had only natural products. The products contain 100% organic fruit and vegetables with nothing added, not even water.
Pureed organic pears 79%, pureed organic peas 14%, pureed organic broccoli 7%
Energy 184kJ/43kcal, Protein 1.4g, Carbohydrate 10.1g, of which sugars 8.1g, Fat 0.2g, of which saturates 0.1g. Fibre 2.3g, Sodium 0.01g.
Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Organic, Wheat Free
Unlike most other baby foods this comes in a pouch with a plastic nozzle at the top which can be resealed they say once opened that it should be used within 24 hours and stored in a fridge.
The first time my son tried these alongside some finger foods he actually seemed to enjoy it I would dip other bits of veg into it and spread it on bread to make sandwiches for him. Once he got had sampled this food it was soon one of the few foods including yoghurt and an oaty prune mushy from the Annabel Karmel book which he would allow me to spoon into him.
I found the fact that it was in Squeezed pouches brilliant for ease of carrying around with me as I didn't have to worry about jars breaking and it would seal it self well with no spills if he didn't have it all. He always he it straight from the pouch and never wanted it reheating.
The Broccoli pear and peas one was one of his favorite flavors and has a light green color not dissimilar to pea soup color. The smell I always noticed was that of the sweetness of the pears. On tasting it you can easily taste the pears and peas but I can't detect the broccoli taste. The texture is very smooth and when making my own purees could never get the food to be this smooth.
We still keep some of this food in our cupboards because at times of teething my son sometimes regresses due to the pain and only wants puree foods and this is a product I am happy to give him
This one is available from Tescos Sainsbury's between 85p-89p per pouch
I would definitely recommend this baby food to other mums and children. More information on Ella's Kitchen and the other foods available can be found at www.ellaskitchen.co.uk
Purees are useful when you need a quick, mess-free meal for your baby.
Ella's kitchen purees were attractive to me because they really do just contain the fruit and vegetables, just as if I'd made it myself at home. So I know it's ok.
They have very strange combinations of flavours, and they are all quite sweet. I think that is why they put pear in with broccoli and peas - to make it sweet. This is ok if you're having trouble getting a small baby to eat I suppose. But if you're only giving these purees, I think the baby would get used to having very sweet food all the time, which might not be a good thing.
The pouches are not actually that convenient. They do squish around nicely in your bag - that part is better than having a jar in there. But when it comes to feeding time, you need to have a bowl to empty the pouch into. And you can't see how much you have left in the pouch either.
They are about twice as expensive as the equivalent amount of baby food in a jar.
When we went on holiday abroad two weeks ago I knew that I wouldn't be able to take my pureed food with us for Rhys to eat, so I decided that, against my better judgment I would have no choice but to take some ready made food with me. Its not that I have anything in particular against people that choose to use jars to feed their baby, as it is personal choice, but I have made the choice to make my own fresh food for my baby, this way I know exactly what he is eating.
Whilst in Tesco I discovered the Ella's kitchen range, the thing that attracted me is that it is organic and has 100% fruit and vegetables in it, with nothing nasty added. The second thing I noticed was that they were very funny combinations of flavours, but I figured that they must know what they are doing so I decided to give them a go. The flavour I chose to start off with was broccoli, pear and peas!! A 120g foil packet cost me 71p.
Another good thing about this range is that they come in foil packets so are a bit easier to transport than glass jars. Also, there is quite a lot in each packet, as I had only been weaning Rhys for 2 weeks he was still only eating a tiny amount, so one packet lasted us three days, therefore we only had to take two packets away with us and these lasted us the week.
Each of the different flavours is in a very brightly coloured foil packet according to what the main flavour of the food is. The one I am reviewing came in a bright green packet as it contained Broccoli, pear and peas. The lid of the packet is a screw top which I again found very handy as you can screw it back on once you have poured out what you require, this then keep the food fresh.
This range is suitable from 4 months plus, so if you start weaning your baby early, as I did then you can use this right from the start. The food can be served warm or cold, depending on your babies tastes, personally I always slightly heat Rhys' baby food as I wouldn't like to eat cold food, so don't think he should have to!! As previously mentioned there are no artificial flavours or colours in this range just simply whatever fruit or vegetable are stated on the packet. To store this food you can keep it in a cupboard before it has been opened, once opened it must be stored in a fridge and will keep for upto 48 hours.
I poured the food into a bowl for my son, the liquid is a very dark green and is quite runny, so it is not a thick puree, it is more of a slightly thick liquid. Although I hate broccoli I did have a taste, the first thing I noticed was how very sweet it was!! The flavour of the pear could be tasted and also the flavours of the broccoli and pea!! I personally didn't really like the taste of it, but my son absolutely loved it!!! He couldn't get enough and would have eaten a lot more than I served him!! There are lots of other flavours in the range and he has liked them all!! These aren't something that I will be using on an everyday basis but it is good to know that there are some healthy baby foods on the shelves that don't contain a lot of hidden nasty things!!!
Pureed organic fruits and vegetables.