Product Type: Brother Max kids equipment
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Not quite perfect pots
Brother Max Food Portioners
Member Name: jillycat
Brother Max Food Portioners
Advantages: Heat well from freezer to microwave seals well and easy to open
Disadvantages: Hard to clean food can get stuck stacking a bit gimmicky
These Brother Max weaning pots were an impulse buy when I was weaning my first son and I have to admit we only used them briefly due to some irritations I have with the design. However as I was looking through my cupboards and thinking of a few months ahead with my second son I am sure I will use them again and do prefer the design of these to the Annabel Karmel weaning trays I also bought.
The pots come in two sizes the large 4 pot size which is the one I have and a small size 6 pot set.
The pots are made from a light blue plastic and on 3 sides of the cube there is a jutting out circular shape this is so all the pots can slot together in the freezer. The idea behind this is that they will take up less room. They are nice and easy to slot into one another, both whilst out of the freezer and when you are filling them up. They are easy to take apart when you take them back out of the freezer so from a design point they work well. However this slotting together takes up no more or less room than similar small plastic pots that I have so it is really a bit of a gimmick I think. Equally as they do jut out if you are taking food out with you for the day in a change/ day bag they can feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable in the bag.
On the top of the lid there is a raised green plastic circular shape again from a design point of view this looks great and sets them apart from regular pots. The raised section makes it nice and easy to open the pots by putting your fingers in them rather than trying to use your nails around the sealed area of the pot which would be the case if it wasn't there. I actually find these easier to open than regular pots as I find I can get a better grip of the circular shape than an edge of a lid. As the lid is attached to the pot it is great for making sure that you don't lose tops either whilst out or in the cupboard. This is a feature I like as with cheaper pots I am often missing lids for some reason in the same way that I will always lose one sock somewhere. The other good thing about the lid is they remain firmly closed till you pull on the circle which means that they do not leak when you are out and about which is a good plus for me. My quibble though with the design is that if you are washing them in the dishwasher it is very easy for water to fill up this hole and you then need to tip the water out and dry it yourself.
At the base of each pot there is a soft plastic button that you press to release the frozen food cube from. This I find to be a bit temperamental if I am honest some food comes out very easily by just pressing it but other food especially if it has a high starch content such as rice or potatoes in it does tend to super glue itself to the sides. I do find that if you run the outside of the pot under a hot tap for a minute or so then press it again this seems to do the trick and get the food out from it. The same issue with washing the pots occurs for the base of the pots as the tops in that the dimple is left with water in it when you using the dishwasher or if it is air drying on a rack.
The pots have a clearly labelled maximum amount line on them to help you not over fill the pots and to allow for expansion and I find that they have never popped open in the freezer if I have followed this line.
The pots are also suitable for the microwave and can actually be heated up straight from the freezer. When heating them up in the microwave I find that it is best to not have the lid firmly on as if it is too well sealed it then has a habit of exploding the top off it and sending bits around the microwave whereas if the lid is slightly off the steam can escape and no major explosion happens. The fact that they can be microwaved from frozen has been really useful on occasions when I have forgotten to take something out of the freezer to defrost and I have had no problems with any damage to the pots re heating them this way.
The pots come supplied with a pen for writing the contents on one side of the pot however the pen quickly runs out and is also easily wiped off for some reason as it never seems to stay on. So if you are needing labelling a small sticker I find works better and is easy to take wash off the side.
Overall there are some clear design flaws such as the locking together being a bit gimmicky the circular section filling with water and at times the food getting stuck in the pots till you run it under hot water. However there are a lot of pluses such as the lids being attached and providing a good seal the fact that you can re heat from frozen and they last well. However I do think you can probably get this as well from some cheaper products on the market and at a Recommended retail price of £6.49 for the four pot set they are an expensive option I think supermarket pots are probably a better option for most mums. However I have these I will use them again with my son a 3 star product.
Summary: A good product but not wow for the money as has a few faults which is not good for the price paid
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