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I like to make my own purees to feed my daughter, who is 6 and a half months old. However, sometimes when we are out and about, we end up feeding her one of the shop bought pouches. I am keen to try and keep Molly's diet as pure as possible so I do tend to opt for organic baby food which is why I am a fan of the Ella's kitchen brand.
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.
Molly has a sweet and a savoury item at each meal time, kind of like a main and then a pudding I suppose. Recently we went shopping at Bluewater for the day and we ran out of time and decided it would be better for Molly is we fed her dinner before going home. We popped off to Superdrug and bought Molly a savoury pouch, along with a sweet pouch for pudding. The sweet pouch was strawberries and apples.
Currently, a 120g packet of this cost us 97p at Superdrug. The same pouch in Tescos is 92p usually. 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 strawberries and apple puree is a bright red colour, 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 also a bright red colour and the consistency is similar to soup, although I find that the pure fruit purees tend to be more watery than the vegetable ones. When I first started weaning Molly, I used to warm up the puree as she wasn't keen on cold food but now she pretty much takes it at whatever temperature it is served.
This puree tasted mostly of strawberries although there is a definite underlying hint of apple. I have found when making my own purees that sometimes strawberry puree can end up being a bit sharp so I suppose mixing the apple with the strawberries as Ella's kitchen do, softens the sharpness of the strawberries.
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.
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.
I'm weaning my little boy at the moment and whilst I like to make all my baby food sometimes it isn't always practical, especially when we go out for the day as it is hard to keep food fresh so I take packaged baby food with me. I like him to try a variety of different foods and some of my favourites are these foil pouches from Ella's kitchen. They do savoury dinners as well but the flavours I most like them for are their fruit varieties.
Ella's kitchen products come with a quote on all their packets saying, "My dad made a promise to me and my brother that he would only use stuff in our products that is full of goodness. I told him everything also has to taste great and he agreed."
The pack is said to contain 100% organic puréed fruit with no added sugar salt or water. The ingredients are listed as organic apples 79%, organic strawberries 21%, organic lemon juice concentrate a dash, other stuff 0!
This is a stage 1 pouch meaning it is suitable for babies 4 months and over. I like that they write this on the packet as you can see clearly who it is intended for. The puree inside is quite thin and doesn't have any chunks but this is perfect for this stage of feeding as its easy for babies to move about in their mouths and swallow. I wouldn't say its watery at all but it is quite runny. This purée is a light pink colour and I've actually tasted this one and it's really yummy. It's sweet but not sugary and I can see why my little boy likes it.
I find these foil packs so handy and much nicer than jars of baby food. At the top there is a cap that you twist off but this screws back on so you can seal it closed. To feed my little boy I just squeeze a bit of the fruit out onto a weaning spoon and feed him like that. There is a lot less mess and it's quick and easy, perfect when you have a hungry baby in front of you. In this pack there are 55 calories which is fine in my opinion.
You can freeze these packs too but its not something I've done so I can't comment. Once opened you can keep it in fridge for 48 hours and this is definitely one ready made baby food I recommend.
Although my daughter will not touch a jar of anything she loves Ella's kitchens and she loves the fruit ones especially. When she was first weaned early at 4 months I would keep a few of these pouches in the kitchen for when we were out for the day or when she was clearly bored of mashed banana and she has always eaten every last meet. Intially I would spoon feed her them and now she is older she does it all herself. I find them quite expensive now though as previously they would fill her up and now it's gone within a few seconds and she is still starving but then this is only a stage one product so I can't expect it to be overly filling for a 16 month old.
They are so easy to store with a squishy pouch but a secure list that won't burst all over your bag and once open can be kept for 24 hours. I love the fact it's literally only fruit and I think it reflects in the fact my daughter won't touch any other brand of jarred or pre made baby food but doesn't batter an eye lid at these and they are an excellent way to get fruit that I may not always buy, into her.
My sixth month old daughter was weaned just before she was five months old as her bottle alone was just not satisfying her any longer. I have, and will continue, as much as possible to give her homemade food, although I have picked up a few jars/pouches on the supermarket shelves to have for some handy meals when out and about or when wanting to try some fruit that is out of season. I had previously signed up to the Ella's Kitchen website and they sent me some money off vouchers against their pouches and so when I saw some of the Ella's Kitchen pouches on offer during the Asda baby event I bought a couple. One of these pouches can range in price between 79p and 99p.
One of the pouches that I selected was this 'Strawberry and Apple' partly because strawberries are not currently in season and I thought, since my daughter loves fruit purees this would be a nice one to try with something different. This particular pouch is part of the Stage 1 range of foods that are suitable for first weaning from 4 months, and are classed as 'super smooth'. All of the Ella's Kitchen range are 100% organic. The big attraction about the Ella's Kitchen range is that they add nothing to their products and are literally what they state on the front - in this case Strawberries and Apples, and a little dash of organic lemon juice. Although it may seem to suggest from the title that strawberries are the bigger feature in this pouch, that is not the case and in fact, the ratio is 79% apples to 21% strawberries.
To use these pouches it is simply a matter on squeezing out the produce into a bowl. You cannot heat the pouch itself in the microwave, but you can either heat it in a bowl of hot water, or squeeze out the contents and heat them in the bowl in the microwave. I do the latter and works perfectly. When you squeeze out the contents of the pouch the produce is a browny/reddy colour. Once you open the pouch you can keep any unused and unheated contents in the fridge for up to 48 hours, meaning you can use this pouch over two days.
Upon first taste, despite my daughter loving all fruit purees, she screwed up her face and I was a bit shocked. I had tasted it myself before giving it to her, and to be honest it was very very sweet, which I was certain that my daughter would love then! However, not long after the first screwed up face, the mouth opened looking for another spoonful and after that the entire portion was devoured. The puree is, as stated super smooth, and to honest, since my daughter has been in the weaning process for over a month now, she is ready for food that is slightly less smooth, although still runny, and my homemade purees are much less smooth than the contents of this pouch.
All in all, my daughter absolutely loved the very sweet taste of the strawberries and apples in the this pouch, and probably any baby that loves fruit will enjoy this as well. The fact that you can use this over a couple of days means one pouch offers reasonable value for money. I like the fact that there is nothing added to the fruit in this pouch, and that it is organic. If I had one complaint it would be that a pouch is quite expensive when you compare it to the baby jars on offer and even more when you are making your own homemade purees for baby, costing very little!