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Weaning. Well, what can I say. Those of us who have been there know what a minefield it is. To puree or not to puree, homemade or jars, parent-led or baby-led and on and on it goes... Personally, I have opted for a bit of a mixture. My boys have as much independence as possible, without me losing track of what they're eating. This means they eat whatever they can hold onto and I spoonfeed them the rest. We were going great guns with our homemade food until we decided to take the boys to the other end of the country to stay with family. My frozen cubes of mush were great for when we were there, but however would we cope on the journey?! That's where Ella's kitchen pouches came in. All I took with me was a spoon. Easy as that. Squeeze the fresh tasting, 100% fruit and veg puree onto the spoon and you're there. No messy bowl to take with you, no messy children or clothes and you simply throw the pouch away. Fab, problem solved! Both of my boys loved this flavour and the others they have tried.
This product is great for those of us who want to feed our children simple, healthy, tasty food, but are realistic enough to realise that sometimes it's easier to buy than it is to take homemade. I keep a couple in the cupboard for spontaneous days out now!
They are not cheap (around 88p usually), but as an occasional meal, they are unbeatable. Oh, and they keep for up to 48 hours in the fridge... if there's any left!
Why this product
When my son approached the inevitable stage of weaning I turned to the Bible of this the Annabel Karmel book. I mushed and puree fruit vegetable and baby rice like there was no business. Now 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.
Ella's kitchen baby food comes in soft squeezable pouches. There is a twist top lid so you can reseal it as necessary if your baby doesn't eat it all. As this is stage one baby food it is smooth with no really texture to it. This puree is way smoother and silkier than I even could get myself with my homemade puree.
Organic Apples 39%, Organic Carrots 25%, Organic Butternut Squash 20%, Organic Prunes 16%, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate (A dash)
Nutrition per pouch
Energy: 180 kJ / 42kcal
of which sugars 9.6g
of which saturates 0.2g
The first time my son tried these alongside some finger foods he actually seemed to enjoy it I would dip other bits of vegetables and breadsticks into it rather like a baby version of hummus. I would also spread it on bread to make sandwiches for him. The other way I found it helpful was in getting him to eat mash potato as this and other Ella flavors seem to liven up bland mash. 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. We never reheated this food and my son would always eat it lukewarm as it was straight from the cupboard. As he got older he at times would want to squirt it himself into his mouth and this gave a new meaning to mess really.
The taste of this food is very sweet and I think this reflects the high fruit content rather than vegetables. The color is a warm orangey color really and unlike the homemade prune puree that I made there would be no residual skin in the puree.
One of the reasons we choose this flavor was to help keep him regular and the prunes always seemed to do the trick if he was getting a little bloated.
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 Tesco's 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
In an attempt to be a fantastic mother, I've been making my own weird and wonderful fresh purees. A great idea for the most part but there are guaranteed to be sometimes when you need something quickly and don't have the time or equipment to heat up your own stuff.
I have tried a few of the jars and tubs that are on the market at the moment - making sure that there aren't any unnatural ingredients in there. However, I have found that Ella's Kitchen purees totally outdo any of the competition. Not sure if it is because of the pouch storage but the food still tastes as fresh as if I had made it myself. No funny smells, no obvious processed taste that you get from jars.
In all honesty, my son isn't fussy at the moment and will eat whatever I put in his mouth so I can't say he has a particular preference for Ella's Kitchen but as a mum, I have to say this is a great alternative and closest match to your own homemade purees.
Retailing at around 89p per pouch, they are a little more expensive than jars but I think well worth it.
Baby/toddler can eat them straight from the pouch - room temperature - and they can be squeezed into a dish or your little one can suck straight from the pouch! Convenience at it's best!
This was the first of the Ella's kitchen pouches we tried. My daughter was 7 months old at the time and finished every last spoonful.
Ella's Kitchen prides themselves on all natural ingredients and nothing extra added. The Stage 1 pouches are a smooth puree, and only fruits and vegetables so they would be suitable for those who wean before 6 months too. The combinations are always interesting, definately not ones you'd choose to combine at home! This particular pouch has the combination of squash, carrot, apple and prunes. You'd think it would taste rather gross, but it's actually quite nice. They tend to make the fruit element the most dominant so it has a sweet taste.
These can be eaten hot or cold. My daughter liked them both ways, and usually had them cold as I tended to only use them out and about since they are a bit expensive at 89p each. What's nice about these is that you can squirt the puree right onto the spoon, instead of dipping your spoon in a jar, so that you can re-use what isn't eaten easier than with a jar which you're supposed to get rid of due to bacteria.
Within a few weeks my daughter learned how to suck the puree out of the spout which meant I didn't need the spoon anymore! I took these with me on an overseas flight as they were easier to pack and transport than a jar, and it meant that tasting it at security would be easy- just squirt some on my finger.
A word of warning about this particular pouch- the prune element is very effective... within half an hour of eating this we have a dirty nappy every time. Great if you have a constipated baby!
Ok, I'm writing this review from a slightly weird perspective, my daughter is way past weaning age and she's now 18 months old eating pretty much the same as the rest of the family. I always made my own baby food and pureed endless veggies and fruits believing that this was the best and healthiest option for my girls. I also thought that buying jarred food would be much more expensive that simply blending up a few veggies that I had anyway. Consequently, I had little or no knowledge of the baby food products on offer.
This changed last week, when during a weeks camping holiday my youngest daughter (aged 18 months) fell over when playing and bit her tongue really badly. After a mad dash to A&E and assurances from the doctors that although it was quite bad, would heal quite quickly, I was advised that it would be very painful for her and I should put her on a diet of mush for the next few days.
As we were camping, and cooking facilities were somewhat limited I popped into the nearest Tesco's to see what was on offer in the baby food aisle. I felt strongly that as she had hurt herself, I really wanted to get some goodness into her to help with the healing process. I was uncertain that I would find anything that would meet my requirements and also something that she would be willing to eat.
As said previously i'm not familiar with the different brands of baby food but the Ella's Organic products jumped out at me immediately. From the packaging I could see immediately that the range contained 100% organic ingredients and nothing else. There was no added rubbish, flavouring or preservatives and the different recipes had really interesting and nutritional ingredients.
I picked up quite a few of the different sachets and the Butternut Squash, Carrot, Apple & Prunes variety was the first one I gave my poor injured little angel. I really think that Ella's Organic are right on the button with the packaging of the product. The food comes in a soft foil sachet and has a plastic screw top lid which means that the sachet can be resealed and finished off later. It really couldn't get any easier, you can simply squeeze the food from the sachet, to the spoon and then straight into babies mouth - no plates - easy as pie!
Tastewise, i did try it, but to be honest the whole sensation of smooth food just doesn't work in my mouth. I could pick out the different flavours though and my daughter gobbled it up no problem. I would recommend this range for anyone who doesn't have the time to prepare their own baby foods or for holidays where food preparation can be tricky.
They are quite pricey though, but I feel you are paying for quality. I do feel that the price would rule them out for most people as an everyday option. From Tesco's a 120g sachet costs 89p and you can find the range in most of the larger supermarkets.
Ellas Kitchen pouches are great for weaning baby from 4months. They are made from natural resources and include at least 1 of the required 5 a day. They can be found in the Baby Food aisle in most supermarkets and come in a wide variety of both meals and puddings. They all come in the squeezable pouches with all details printed on the front and are easy to read.
Although it sounds a funny combination this has proved a great way of getting the more unusual tasting Butternut Squash in to a meal. This flavour is one of the better ones and doesn't look too bad when its squeezed out. Can be eaten at room temperature or squeezed in to a bowl and heated up. Any of the Ellas Kitchen variety have proven to be a huge hit with my youngest son. He has them whenever he is poorly and they are perfect for encouraging him to eat and get his appetite back. They are full of nutrients and made purely from fruit or vegetables. They look disgusting when it comes out of the package but the children love them. The packs are fun for the kids too, my son loves watching me squeeze it on to a spoon seems to make it more of a novelty. A bit expensive for what they are but I found Tesco have them on offer regularly and we stock up when he gets poorly. Overall a good way of getting the required fruit and vegetables in to babies diet.
Ella's Kitchen specialise in making organic baby food that contains 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. What you see on the front of the packet is what is inside the packet, so on this occasion the puree is made up of carrot, apple & prunes.
My niece Ruby-Lu is now 5 months old and has been eating solids since 16 weeks when she started on baby rice and worked her way up to this lump free puree at around 18 weeks. One 120g sachet is currently 84p from Tesco stores and this should provide two servings for the average child but please remember that every child is different and my niece would normally have half a pouch but somedays it's more!
The puree comes in an orange pouch with a screw top lid and is quite squidgy to touch. Open the cap, place the required amount of baby food in to a bowl & feed to baby. You can heat this through first by placing it in hot water and warming through as you would a babys bottle but be sure to test it before giving it to your baby. It can also be eaten cold so is a great packet to have in your nappy bag for any days when you are running late or are not able to heat it up.
It is flavoured exactly how it should be with the distinct tastes of carrot, apple & prunes leaping out from the first taste. I sampled a little to check that it was not too hot for Ruby-Lu and though I am not a fan of carrot I was quite surprised at how nice this tasted. It did not get spitten out by Ruby-Lu and she seemed to thoroughly enjoy each mouthful. There was a little mess on her clothing but this was easily washed off on a standard 30 degree wash.
The price of these pouches is quite reasonable and Ruby-Lu usually gets two meals out of them, however, she has been known to eat more if she is still hungry & my sister would keep the remaining bit over (keeps for up to 48 hours) and mix it with a little leftover from a different pouch to keep lots of variety in Ruby-Lu's diet.
This is suitable for stage 1 weaning onwards and does not contain any lumps at all. There is also nothing artificial within this product.
I will be rating this 4/5 as I have one of the other products in this range as I do think they are a tad expensive if you have a hungry baby you will only get one meal out of them.
Ive been buying this for a few months now and i think its great my little boy loves it
Its prefect for taking on outings or holidays and great for adding to fresh meals to add flavor.
It is 100% organic complying with the soil association organic standard
There is no dairy, egg, wheat, lactose or gluten in it so great if your on a specal diet
Suitable from 4 months and excellent either warm or cold
This one contains apples 39%, carrots 25%, butternut squash 20%, prunes 16%.
With this make you know exactly whats in the food you giving your child as nothing extra has been added
The pack contains 120g so it useful that if you don't want to use it all then it can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
I think this product in excellent it is very tasty I would recommend it if your introducing new flavours
Perfect for stage 1 weaning and beyond.