“ Brand: Hipp / Age: 4 months „
I will start off my saying that I think this jar has now been updated by Hipp and is now called Sweet Squash and Chicken. As I wrote in a previous review, my daughter is in the process of weaning, and although I generally make all of her food myself, I do like to have some jars/pouches in the cupboard for both handiness and for those times when I want my daughter to try something new ie a fruit or vegetable that may be out of season or not something that my husband or I eat. In the case of this jar, the reason I bought this particular one was that neither my husband nor I have ever cooked or eaten butternut squash, and to be honest I wouldn't even know where to start, however with many of the weaning books suggesting this as a good sweet vegetable to try, I wanted my daughter to have the chance to see if she would like this.
A little 125g jar of this Hipp Organic produce usually retails around the 60p mark. This is a stage 1 jar which is suitable for babies from 4 months, however I gave this to my daughter when she was five months old. I didn't want to wait too long either to try it, since as my daughter continues on the weaning process, I want her to gradually move away from the super smooth purees that the likes of this jar contain.
Within this jar, the ingredients include carrots, squash, chicken, apricots, apples and cooked rice. It also claims to be a source of omega 3. This Hipp product also states that they are preservative free, egg free, GM ingredient free, wheat free, nut free and gluten free.
I decided before giving this to my daughter, I would mix half a jar with some potato that I had pureed for her, since I thought that if she she didn't like the taste, at least I knew she would eat the potato. Once opened, you can keep the contents of this jar in the fridge for 24 hours, so technically you could get away with using it on consecutive days. I gave my daughter half a jar for lunch over two consecutive days.
I really wasn;t sure whether my daughter would like this puree, but after I had heated it, I tried a little myself, and I couldn't believe how sweet it tasted, and very pleasant. Once I knew it was sweet I was confident that my little girl would enjoy it, as she has already developed a bit of a sweet tooth, much preferring sweet fruit to savoury vegetables. I mixed some of this jar with some potato and my daughter ate it really well, without making any kind of face that she didn't like it as she can sometimes do initially.
I think if you are able to get two meals out of one little jar like this, particularly in the early days of weaning, then at just over 60p this is a good price. I wouldn't be cooking butternut squash for my daughter and this therefore allows her to try it out without me having to do so. Although I don't playn on using many jars with my daughter, I think there is a time and place for them, and I will certainly be buying the likes of this again, and will look out to see if it comes in a puree that is suitable for older babies and not just as smooth.
HiPP Organic first introduced their baby foods to the UK in 1995, and promise to use only organic ingredients and free-range meat in their foods
**THE PRODUCT, ITS SMELL, TEXTURE AND TASTE**
HiPP Organic Butternut Squash and Chicken comes in a glass jar containing 125g of product. Hipp Organic recommend this meal for stage 1 of weaning, that is for babies of 4 months+.
It smells very sweet, but neither of chicken nor butternut squash, quite a pleasant smell.
The meal is pureed and completely smooth and free of any pips
It tastes quite good really considering the minimal ingredients. Its quite sweet, which would be the butternut squash, with just a slight chicken-y hint.
I wouldn't expect or want my son to eat anything that tastes disgusting and for that reason I always try his food before I feed it to him. This is a good one, I wouldn't eat a jar but don't mind of the odd bit passes my lips while encouraging him to eat.
My son is now well past this stage of weaning but he used to really enjoy this meal. I think it is the sweetness of it rather than the chicken flavour as it is barely there.
When I used to chuck this in the trolley it was priced around 55p - 65p in supermarkets and can often be picked up on 10 for £4.50 / 10 for £5.00 offers at Asda / Morrisons / Tescos.
These jars are very handy as they do not require refrigerating (only once opened and can be kept in the fridge for 48 hours) and can be eaten either heated or at ambient room temperature.
Review also on ciao - theshinyone - July 2009
Rice and chicken simmered with butternut squash, carrots and fruits.