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I'm not one for buying pre-prepared baby food for a number of reasons - it's easy to prepare food for baby from scratch, it doesn't take too long and is much less expensive, I also know exactly what I am putting in my own recipes.
I have been given a few jars that had been sitting at the back of a relatives cupboard (about to go out of date!) and I am working my way through them but unfortunately found myself out and about for longer than expected yesterday - without any emergency supplies, resulting in a trip to Tesco Express.
I chose Hipp Organic spaghetti with tomato & mozzarella (7+ months) from their very limited range. It was located with similar baby products - the other option was Heinz (yuk!).
The 190g clear glass jar is quite distinctive, its label is brightly coloured displaying the Hipp logo with various vegetables in the background.
I must admit, I was horrified at the cost - 81p!! This was the first jar I have personally purchased, I'm hoping this will be a rare occasion.
The jar can be screwed off easily to reveal a mild tomato/cheese type aroma. Unlike with other jarred for I have encountered, the aroma does not over power you and does not shout out artificial and over processed.
The food itself is made up from a range of vegetables- 54%
(tomatoes 27 %, carrots, courgettes, onions)
Skimmed milk 21%
cooked spaghetti (durum wheat) 19%
mozzarella (from cows milk) 3%
rapeseed oil 1.4%
spices (oregano, basil & black pepper)
The product is suitable for vegetarians and contains gluten & wheat.
Once decanted into a bowl, the food can be served at room temperature or the bowl cab be placed in hot water to warm through. Microwave heating is not advised as the food doe snot heat evenly and can create hot spots.
The food is a burnished orange colour with pieces of vegetables and spaghetti visible. Having tried the product, it doesn't taste of anything on particular, the predominant flavour is tomato but it is not that strong. It is quite creamy but I found it was a little runny. As I only used half a jar for the first sitting, I was able to bulk up the remainder with some baby rice, this made it much easier to feed.
As the name suggests the ingredients within Hipp Organic are obviously organic. The product contains omega 3 and does not contain any GM products or preservatives. Consuming the whole jar would provide 2 portions of vegetables.
This baby food if it were not for the price would be my preferred option if the need to buy arose again. James enjoyed eating it - although I did not enjoy washing his lovely orange stained clothes afterwards, there is always a down side!!
Spaghetti, mixed vegetables and mozzarella blended with tomatoes and milk.