“ Brand: Organix / Age: 4 months + „
I have recently started weaning my youngest son and have slowly been introducing him to different flavours and food items. I was interested to discover that Organix have recently introduced a new range of first stage (from four months plus) baby food, in ready to serve pouches. I'm familiar with the Organix brand and have confidence in the quality of their ingredients and blends. As the name suggests, all of their range is totally organic and this first stage selection includes 100% organic vegetables, all combined in a smooth puree and ready for newly weaning babies to try and, hopefully, enjoy.
The pouch contains quite a thick orange puree but this does become slightly runnier if warmed in a pan of hot water, as advised on the packaging. I'd recommend waiting until your little one is accustomed to swallowing solids, as it is a lot thicker than the runny consistency I'd been mixing baby rice to, for example. Although he did gag a little initially, my son did adjust to the difference in texture and soon appeared to be enjoying the taste of these.
It makes a nice change to have a stage one baby food that combines a selection of more unusual vegetables, as many first foods are fairly simple and I would rather buy flavours that I don't tend to make myself at home. The predominant smell and taste is the swede, which has quite a distinctive, earthy taste. This is mellowed slightly by the inclusion of sweet potato and red peppers, helping to make the puree taste slightly sweeter and a little more palatable. As baby foods don't contain any seasoning, the taste is fairly bland to an adult palate but the combination certainly took my little one by surprise, judging by the look on his face!
The format of these pouches also makes them ideal for feeding baby whilst out and about, as they can be served at room temperature and can even be squeezed straight from the pouch on to a spoon, without needing any additional equipment. With a long shelf life, these are handy to keep in the changing bag as an emergency stand-by, should you get delayed around lunchtime or spend longer out with friends than planned.
The only drawback with the format is that the pouches are quite large, containing 100g of puree. Babies at this stage don't generally eat huge quantities at any one time and the pouches can only be kept for up to 24 hours once opened (providing they haven't been heated.) This did mean for us that quite a lot of the contents got wasted so, at 95p per pouch, it isn't a particularly economical method of feeding baby on a regular basis. As a standby item or for using whilst out and about, these are ideal and certainly help to expand a little baby's palate! I would perhaps prefer the pouches to be smaller, though, to avoid wastage.
The pouches should be available in Sainsbury's stores now and will be available in Asda and Boots from the end of February. They can also be ordered via the Organix website.
Thanks to Organix for sending me (and Charlie) some free samples to try.