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My little girl absolutely loves fruit but when we started to wean her she really was not keen on savoury purees. Consequently we tried a wide variety of savoury purees to encourage her and to help her to develop a taste for them. We would also buy several jars the same to enable her to have enough of each to get used to the individual tastes.
However we found that she was more willing to try savoury purees if she only had to eat a very small amount at a time (before getting her beloved fruit) to get used to the taste before building up to larger amounts. However with jars most of them can only be kept for up to 48 hours after opening as we found to give her sufficient variety this could be wasteful as she would literally only have a couple of spoonfuls per meal.
My mum suggested trying the packets of puree that you make up yourself by simply adding milk or water so on my next trip to Tesco's I picked up a few. Whilst Cow and Gate and other companies all seem to do cereal options, Heinz is the only one I've found that does the savoury ones and we have tried many of these all with great success.
The Heinz Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese comes in 125g box and costs around £2. It is suitable from 4months. It has no added sugar, artificial colours or preservatives.
To make it up you simply add one spoonful of the product to 3 spoonfuls of warm previously boiled water. I tend to make it with boiling water and then allow it to cool which it does quite quickly. It so handy to be able to make up just the amount you need and avoids waste. I find that I can get around 8 servings from a box although obviously this would vary greatly according to portion size.
My daughter loves the taste of this and took to it straight away. It smells lovely once made up and smells exactly as you would expect Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese to smell. As it is suitable from 4 months it is very smooth. I have tried this a few times too and it really does taste like Cauliflowers and Broccoli Cheese, it tastes so nice in fact that I would happily eat it!
Even though my daughter is now 8 months old and is onto stage 2 weaning products she does still have a side portion of this as she absolutely loves it. It is not bland like some baby foods and instead is very much full of flavour. In fact when I make Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese I wish mine tasted like this.
This is the second in the range of Heinz Dinners that I've given to my six-month-old. These are made from rice and maize flour (so are gluten free) with additional ingredients and are quite a good way to move from plain rice and purees to more complex dishes containing a blend of flavours. I've been using them as a pre-cursor to mashing up normal family meals without having to go through the freezer-full-of-puree stage.
The packaging has changed slightly and now has a picture of what appears to be a pool of cheese sauce in the shape of a cauliflower with broccoli and cauliflower florets resting in it (who comes up with these things?). It has added vitamins and minerals and is suitable from four months.
Except it isn't. Or at least, not right away. I wouldn't give this to a baby who wasn't used to a range of foods because it is so strongly flavoured. The cheese is overpowering, both in smell and taste, and my son turned his nose up at it immediately (figuratively speaking; what he actually did was spit it out and then cry). The smell is hard to describe; it is a little like Cheddars biscuits, but with an undertone of old socks which seems rather inappropriate for a baby food. I found it quite unappetizing, so it's hardly surprising that my baby didn't think much of it either. If there are any cauliflower or broccoli flavours in it, they are overwhelmed by the cheese, which is surprising given that it makes up only 4% of the ingredients. But then, it doesn't say what type of cheese it is. Maybe it's Stinking Bishop.
You could use it in small amounts mixed in with other food, but I don't think it's a great way to introduce your baby to the taste of cheese and I'm not going to try giving it to my baby again. Much as I hate to throw food away, this one is going straight in the bin.
It comes in a 125g packet and is available from most supermarkets for about £1.80.