When I weaned the geekdaughter I tried so hard to only feed her healthy, home cooked, organic food. I came over all Annabel Karmel and cooked special meals for her which I then froze in those little individual cube trays. This then gave me the stressful job of trying to get one single cube OUT of those little trays at mealtimes – why is that so hard to do?! I took the scissors to the tray on more than one occasion I must confess. I even puréed fruit. Apples, mangos, apricots, all sorts. That really was a labour of love. Do you know how much effort goes into puréeing apples, and how little purée you get at the end of it? And apricots? Seriously – all that chopping, peeling, cooking, and a huge batch of fruit boils down into one or two cubes-worth of purée. So when discovered that I could buy fruit purée, in sachets, all ready prepared and ready to go, I was delighted!
I immediately gave up all fruit puréeing activity, and started buying the sachets. They served me extremely well, through first weaning and beyond. I found one of the best ways of sneaking fruit into the geekdaughter was to mix half a sachet of fruit puree with her porridge for breakfast. I only stopped doing that a couple of years ago when she discovered Golden Syrup… With the geekson I have been much less diligent about cooking specifically for him. He either eats what we are eating, or if that’s not suitable I have a stock of ready meals that I dish out with absolutely no parental guilt whatsoever! And again I’m using the sachets of fruit purée to add to his morning porridge. As you’d expect, things have moved on in the three years between my two kids, and so when Ella’s Kitchen contacted me to let me know they have recently launched a new range of single fruit purées in sachets, I was keen to give them a try.
The sachets are available in four single fruit varieties – pear, banana, mango and apple – and a 70g pouch will set you back 69p. We tried the apple and mango varieties, and the geekson wolfed both down quite happily. With each pouch being 100% organic fruit, no additives, no nothing, I’m confident that this is just as good as me puréeing the fruit myself, and involves a heck of a lot less stress and effort! Both varieties were a suitable consistency to use from first stage weaning upwards, and as you can see from the photo they mix with porridge very well for older kids. I have bought many of these sachets since trying them – in fact only this morning the geekdaughter had one on top of her Weetabix!
If you have the time, energy and inclination to purée fruit for your children, I am in awe of you. If you don’t, these sachets provide a perfectly good alternative.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was sent two complimentary pouches of Ella’s Kitchen fruit purées in return for this review. The words used and opinions stated above are my own.