“ Brand: Ella's Kitchen / Age: 4 months „
I'm a massive fan of Ella's kitchen products as a mum always on the go. My baby loves the fact that I can squeeze the food straight into his mouth, he treats this as a novelty when we are out rather than using a spoon, yes it's lazy I know, but it's not going to hurt anyone. My little one has been difficult with weaning and this packet is by far his favourite. Last night, I decided to recreate the same flavour combination but it was rejected by my baby, the colour and consistency definitely wasn't the same, mine looked fresher and had a stronger smell which I think might have put him off. The downside is obviously the cost, your baby cannot live on pre-made food but when we are out for the day at play centres or shopping and need something which requires no effort, all of her products are great. My baby likes it served straight out of the packet at room temperature and not warmed up as it makes it runnier.
I have just started to introduce purees to my daughter Molly and so far, they have been a roaring success. Eventually I intend to make my own purees for her to eat so I know exactly what is going into them but while she is only having a small amount, I have decided to use shop bought ones.
Upon searching the shelves in Tescos, I found that there are literally hundreds of different types of foods for babies. I wanted something as natural and pure as possible and the Ella's kitchen brand seemed to fit the bill.
Ella's Kitchen are known for making organic baby food that only contains exactly what it says on the packet. Their products contain 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
It was decided that Molly's first taste of anything other than breast milk was the carrot, apple and parsnip flavour. Currently, a 120g packet of this costs 93p at Tescos. It is suggested that you use half a packet at each meal time so in theory, each packet should provide your baby with two meals but obviously every baby is different so this might not be the case for every baby.
The packaging for the carrot, apple and parsnip is a light orange colour. The packaging is made from foil and is quite flexible and squishy. The lid to the packet is a screw top which is great for when you only use half a packet and need to store it until the next feed. In order to use this product, you simply screw off the lid and push out the required amount of food. It is your choice as to whether you wish the food to be served hot or cold. If you would rather serve the food warm, then you have to heat the food but placing the packaging into warm water.
The puree itself is an orange colour and the consistency is similar to soup. I decided to serve the food to Molly warm to start with as she has never had anything cold before so I needed to try the product before giving it to her to make sure it wasn't too warm. I have to say I was quite impressed with the flavour of this; it somehow managed to taste of apples, parsnip and carrots all at the same time. I was also quite fond of the consistency as although it is a puree, there is a certain amount of texture to the food which is great for getting Molly used to different textures.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product. I absolutely love the fact that Ella's kitchen promote organic food, making their products completely pure which must be excellent for babies and their young digestive systems. Although the packaging states that each packet with last you for two meals, I have found that this varies. Some days when Molly is rather peckish she easily eats three quarters of the packet and other days she will only fancy a quarter. I think Ella's kitchen products are prices fairly reasonably, especially for this stage of weaning but I think that mealtimes could begin to get rather expensive once your baby is one three meals a day.
One thing I am not sure about regarding this product is the fact that I feel sometimes too many flavours are included in the one pouch and I am also not sure about mixing sweet and savoury flavours. I think that if you are introducing your baby to new flavours, then it could possibly be more beneficial to introduce one flavour at a time rather than bunging all of them in together.
These pouches are good value for money, great for your baby and easy to use when you are out and about! If you are thinking of weaning your baby and looking for an organic product that if affordable then this is definitely worth trying.
We took our daughter on holiday when she was 6 months old and we had just started to wean her. Although I've never been a fan of jars, I knew that at an all inclusive hotel for 2 weeks I would need something for her. After checking out reviews myself I decided to take Ella's kitchen pouches. I took both fruit and veg pouches. They were easy to pack, taking up little room in our case, and didn't as a whole weigh too much (given the amount of other items we needed to take for her). I tried the fruit first and was happy to find that the fruit actually tasted and had the consistency of pureed fruit rather than some generic mush. I was dubious about the veg pouches however, as its easy to make fruit/desserts taste nice and appealing. How wrong I was! The pouches do actually taste like what's in them (albeit not as fresh as if they were made at home, but that goes without saying). The added fruit was a bonus because it made the transition between fruit and veg easier for my daughter and I didn't feel bad about feeding her food from a pouch as the food is organic, and I read that they don't use preservatives to keep the food fresh so no nasties going into little ones tummy.
Ella's Kitchen Carrot, Apple and Parsnip is one of the best first purées to start your baby on.
After the initial tentative spoons of apple and pear purée I checked out what else was available for my daughter in the baby food section of the local supermarket and this one stood out.
Unlike many baby foods, Ella's Kitchen comes in brightly coloured pouches - immediately making it eye-catching and appealing. The carrot, apple and parsnip comes in a bright orange pouch and contains 100 grams of purée.
What is appealing is the fact Ella's Kitchen purées are made from 100 per cent organic ingredients and in the case of this particular pouch, it only contains puréed carrots, apples and parsnips. You therefore have the comfort you are not giving your baby any nasty additives and the contents are just the same as if you knocked it up in your own kitchen, without the hassle and time taken.
The pouches cost around £1 so many mums may say this is a bit steep but for peace of mind and convenience I personally am happy to pay this.
Back to the fact it is an ideal first weaning food. Carrots are one of the main ingredients and always popular as a first food for babies. There is then the sweetness of the apple and the slightly more adventurous parsnip which makes you feel you are really taking your baby on in terms of their journey discovering different tastes.
As it comes in a pouch, you will need a separate bowl to squeeze the contents out into but the pouch does fit nicely into the nappy bag to be taken out and about and if your baby doesn't polish off all the contents in one sitting, the remainder of the contents in the pouch can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Of course anything squeezed out into the bowl will have to be thrown away.
There are no instructions on how to heat the purée up if you wished to but as it is an earlier weaning food you would probably serve it cold.
It does say older children may like to eat the contents straight out of the pouch by squeezing it into their mouths. But I'm not sure if older children would want to eat this, even as a snack.
My baby daughter, however, loved it and it was the first bowl of food she completely polished off.
If you are not the most competent of cooks, or have little time on your hands, but want to ensure your baby has the best quality food, Ella's Kitchen is the best brand of baby food and the carrot, apple and parsnip variety is a great flavour to start with.
I have be weaning my daughter since she was 17 weeks, initially she would only eat fruit, when the time came to move her onto savoury I had a huge battle, I tried my own purees and almost every single jar until I came across these pouches.
They are more expensive than other brands as the cost 99p for a 120g sachet. The design of the packaging makes these easy to transport. On the front of the packet the writing is very childlike and you there are little pictures of the veg contained inside as well as a little note at the bottom to say that the pouch contains 100% organic pure fruit and veg.
This pouch is suitable for stage 1 weaning which is 4 months plus.
When you turn the pouch over you see that the main ingredient is actually apple 68%, there is 22% carrot and 10% parsnip.
I love the design of these pouches as you can unscrew the cap and squeeze out as much as you need before resealing and keeping in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Or if you have an older baby/toddler they can actually feed themselves by squeezing the food out of the pouch.
Initially when I first started weaning my daughter she would eat half a pouch and the rest I would keep for the next day. The pouches are much easier to take in your bag than jars which tend to add weight and there is always the risk if like me you tend to not think and drop your bag down that a jar could smash.
I have found with these purees that unlike other savoury jarred foods it comes out of the pouch really smooth almost like a paste. I find that in jars these types of vegetables are rather lumpy and remind me of mashed potato that has been left a few hours. You can warm the pouch up either by standing the pouch in hot water and leaving until warm or you can pour a small amount out and heat in the microwave, taking care not to overheat, I normally find half a pouch heats in 10 second in my 900 watt microwave.
My daughter does prefer to eat this cold, which is great on the go.
The contents have a pale orange colour, it is a washed out orange, probably because there aren't actually many carrots in it! I always taste what I give my daughter before she tries it and I was plesantly suprised by this, I thought it would be horrendous and all wrong to mix fruit and veg, but strangely enough it was really nice! It had a smooth consistency and was sweet but you could still taste the carrots and parsnips. My daughter devoured this on her first mouthful. I could tell by her facial expression that she really liked the taste of this. I also found that unlike other orangey foods she has eaten this didn't stain her bibs, probably again because it had hardly any carrot.
I would definately buy these again, we have now moved onto stage two but I still give her these ocasionally, they seem to be worth paying the extra for as lots of babies have a sweet tooth and refuse veg this is a way of sneaking some savoury in with sweet!
Whilst I was shopping the other day I was in the baby aisle and noticed this baby food. I have never seen these before although I have seen the brand name before on older childrens food items such as smoothies. I decided to pick a couple of these up to try.
The one that I have used is the carrots, apples and parsnips flavour. Ella's kitchen states that this is organic baby food and only has these 3 food items in it.
The packaging is different to most baby food brands and is simple yet eye catching. It is in a bright orange coloured plastic pouch and has the flavour of the food wrote in brown lettering. It has a screw top which is replacable when you have squoze out the right amount.
On the back of the packet it says:
Inside me you'll find:
*no added sugar, salt or water
*no additives or thickeners
*no E numbers or GM
*no dairy, egg, wheat, lactose or gluten
*no lumps or bits and nothing artificial JUST yummy organic food for babies.
So this food is suitable for all babies from the age of 4 months. I personally like that it is in a plastic pouch as you know that it won't smash if dropped accidentally.
When my daughter was ready for feeding I squose half the amount out of the packet (which is not alot if you have got a hungry baby on your hands) put the screw top lid back on and put it in the fridge where it can be kept for 48hrs. I warmed the food up as my baby likes her warm but you can serve it straight from the packet.
The consistency of this product is very smooth if not a little runny so perfect for a young baby. It is an orange colour which I expected.
I tried a spoonful myself as I always like to taste what I am feeding my daughter, and I found it be quite tart which I found strange for a dinner it tastes more like a pudding and I couldn't distingush the individual flavours. I fed it to my daughter who loves it (no suprise as she is a pudding girl).
The only downside to this baby food is that you cant see how much you have used or have left and that there is not really enough in it.
I paid 68 pence for this from Morrisons.
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 & parsnip.
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 will provide two servings for the average baby although every child is different of course so you will want to see how much your child eats.
The puree comes in an orange colour sachet that is very squidgy and has a screw top cap. Simply open the cap and dispense 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.
The puree is an orange colour and does indeed taste like carrot, apple & parsnip as I sampled some before feeding it to my niece, mainly just out of curiousity really! It's not something that I would personally want to try again as I don't like carrots much but Ruby-Lu seemed to enjoy every mouthful and hardly even spat any out. When spilt on to clothing this did wash out much easier than some of the other baby foods that she has tried recently (cow & gate stained her clothes dreadfully) and this is another positive about the food.
Ruby-Lu enjoyed her meal and my sister did get two meals out of one sachet as she's not a greedy eater just has what she wants and then stops and never cries out for more (she's too well behaved most of the time!). I would definitely recommend this for your little ones as it's great to know that it's organic and doesn't contain any rubbish like some of the other baby foods currently on the market. I think that the price is very reasonable, particularly if you have a baby who is on stage 1 weaning and currently only eating one meal a day and still having many bottles. Ruby-Lu slept very well while she was adjusting to eating actual food and seemed to thoroughly enjoy it with not a single grizzle detected at mealtimes.
I am rating this product 4/5 and have knocked off one star because this would only be one meal for a very hungry baby and therefore it's a little pricey when compared to other meals available in jar/packet form.
Perfect for stage 1 weaning and beyond.