“ Brand: Organix / Age: 4 months + „
As my youngest son is almost six months old and seems to want to breastfeed constantly, day and night, I have started to offer him small amounts of solids. This stage of weaning is fun, albeit messy, and it's a great opportunity to start introducing different sweet and savoury flavours. I discovered that Organix, a well established brand of organic baby foods, have introduced a new range of vegetable purees packaged in pouches and blended to a smooth texture specifically for this initial stage of weaning.
The Parsnips, Spinach and Broccoli variety was the last flavour to be offered to my little one. I must confess that this didn't look too appetising when squeezed out of the pouch, as the combination of these particular vegetables results in an extremely vivid green gloop! My older children were certainly not tempted to try any of their baby brother's dinner! I'm sure the colour doesn't matter to a baby though and this selection of vegetables combines the sweetness of parsnips as well as the nutritional benefits of iron-rich spinach and broccoli. I find broccoli is generally well liked by young babies but here the parsnip was the strongest flavour. I did notice that this blend seemed a little more textured than the other varieties, probably because of the inclusion of the spinach. It was still smooth enough to be enjoyed by a baby not quite ready for lumpy foods though.
I'm not too sure what my baby made of the combination though as the first couple of spoonfuls were accepted readily but the subsequent offerings were greeted with closed lips and spitting noises! It didn't sound too promising but it is worth persevering and offering as many different vegetables and combinations as possible, something made much easier and less time-consuming thanks to ready-prepared baby foods such as these.
I was initially worried about the amount of waste involved in these pouches at this stage of weaning, particularly as they can only be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours after opening (providing the contents haven't actually been heated.) In cases like this, where my baby's response is fairly ambivalent, I would prefer to leave a longer gap before offering the same item. I was pleased to discover, directly from Organix, that the contents of the pouches can safely be frozen once opened. This is a great solution and I have frozen the remainder of the pouch ready to try again at a later date!
Like all the flavours in the range, the pouches have a long shelf life and can be used literally straight from the pouch on to a spoon or gently heated in a pan, if preferred. This design is ideal for taking out of the home or keeping to hand as an emergency standby meal for those chaotic days we all have!
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.