“ Brand: Organix / Age: 4 months + „
Having recently started to introduce my youngest son to solids, I was delighted to get the chance to try a new range of first stage baby foods from Organix. Organix is a well-established brand of organic baby food and this new range includes various combinations of 100% organic vegetables, all blended together in a smooth puree and stored in convenient ready to serve pouches. There are no other ingredients or fillers added so this is 100% pure vegetable goodness.
This Butternut Squash, Sweetcorn and Carrot variety appeals to me as a mother because, when buying rather than making baby food myself, I generally prefer to choose items that I wouldn't normally be able to blend myself at home. Sweetcorn, for example, would be a nightmare to blend by hand, due to the thick skin covering each kernel, so I wouldn't normally be able to offer this to babies until they were well past the initial stages of weaning. Organix have blended the three different vegetables together and removed all of the tough skins, resulting in a smooth lump-free puree that is the ideal consistency for the first stage of weaning, when a baby isn't quite ready for more textured food.
The result is a sweet-smelling attractive looking orange puree with the taste being predominantly carrot, which I've always fond to be a firm favourite with tiny babies due to its natural sweetness. Here the butternut squash and sweetcorn help to add variety as well as additional sweetness. My little one seemed to like the taste of this one, so much so that he grabbed the spoon out of my hand and tried to feed himself!
The pouches can be heated gently in a pan of hot water, if preferred, but are also suitable for serving straight from the pouch, although my baby seemed to prefer this one served at around body temperature. They can literally be squeezed straight out of the pouch and served at room temperature. This makes them ideal for taking on days out when homemade food wouldn't be practical (if there is no access to a fridge, for example) or as an emergency standby in the cupboard or changing bag. I think these are a great, practical idea but would prefer the pouches to be available in a smaller size to avoid too much waste, as babies don't tend to eat large amounts at this stage of weaning.
The pouches should be available in Sainsbury's stores now and will be available in Asda and Boots from the end of February, for around 95p for each 100g pouch. They can also be ordered via the Organix website.
Thanks to Organix for sending me (and Charlie) some free samples to try.