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Cook with Organix range feedback PLUS non testers: you could win a hamper of Organix products for feedback too NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Aug-13 10:32:17

This is the feedback thread for the 40 MNers who have been trying out the new foods from the Cook with Organix range and Finger Foods range for little ones aged 10m - 2yrs old.

You can read all about Organix on their special pages on MN

If you're not a tester but you've tried some of the new foods, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Everyone who does so will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a hamper of Organix products worth £50

Testers: thanks for taking part in this product test - please add your responses to the questions below - but also feel free to add any additional comments.

On test are....
~ Strawberry Rice Cakes £1.19
~ Strawberry Multigrain Hearts 59p
~ Tikka & Korma Paste Pot £2.49
~ Tomatoey Red & Herby Green Paste Pot £2.49
~ Mexican Rice & Sweetcorn Recipe Base £2.49

Questions for testers:
Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?
Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?
Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?
Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

All testers who add feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £50 Love2Shop voucher

Thanks
MNHQ

For free recipes, meals planners and the latest weaning advice visit us at www.organix.com and for more information about the foods visit their special Facebook app where you will find recipe inspiration, a competition to win the Organix cook Jack for a day, as well as a money-off coupon for future purchases.

babybearsmummy Thu 08-Aug-13 19:59:42

Another non tester here, but just wanted to say how much my 1 year old daughter loves Organix foods. She likes the snack bars and mighty meals the most and they're so healthy, with lots of variety.

We also find Organix products very good value for money! And mummy and daddy also enjoy the odd nibble of the mini gingerbread men our daughter loves the most!

SleeplessInBedfordshire Fri 09-Aug-13 09:16:15

Not a tester but I've bought the strawberry rice cakes for my boy (8 months) a few times.
They are a good size and thicker than some own-brand baby rice cakes, which is a good thing. They taste good and my son is a big fan of them on their own, or with a topping (I sometimes add fruit puree or unsalted butter).
I like the fact that you get quite a lot in a pack, so one bag can last over a week if you seal them up properly.
Price-wise they are a little bit expensive and I only buy them when on offer in the supermarket.

Another non-tester! Yes, we have used different Organix products for DS who will be 3 this month and since no.2 is due any day now I'm sure we'll be using them again for him. The finger foods have all been great - rice cakes used to be a household staple, now the Goodies oat bars and apple / date bars are very popular. I've also used the fruit purees as an extra in a homemade smoothie or as the base of a baby friendly apple & pear crumble etc. Our local supermarket doesn't stock the paste pots yet unfortunately, but if they do I'd be very interested in giving them a try too.

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

The selection of foods was excellent and what I was expecting.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

I was very impressed with the paste pots, I have not seen anything like this before.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

I found cooking the recipes very easy - the instructions were simple to follow and the recipes were good. I would expect to find (and have found!) these products in the baby food aisle. The paste pots were most suited to me as I like experimenting and creating my own recipes and felt that the pots gave more flexibility than the recipe bases.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

I tried the recipes from the packs, but in future would experiment to make my own dishes using the pots/bases as a starting point.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I tried everything, and was very impressed with most things. I personally didn't like the hearts - they just tasted so much like cereal that I re-read the packet to see if I had got it wrong. I also wasn't too impressed at trying to clean the teeny tiny pieces of dried strawberry off the carpet after my daughter dropped them. Bigger pieces of strawberry would be better as they really were tiny.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

Initially I thought they were on the expensive side until I realised how many meals each pot/base made. I was pleasantly surprised and now think they are excellent value for money. Personally I think that the amount of meals each pot makes should be more obvious on the packaging - because at a glance, as you do in the supermarket, it looks like a lot of money for a couple of small pots and people may be put off too quickly to bother picking up and flipping the pack over to read it.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

She wasn't at all impressed with the hearts - I think they were too bland for her, and the pieces of strawberry were so tiny she didn't seem to notice them at all. I ended up cleaning the majority of the pack off the floor - and they don't vacuum easily! She really loved the rice cakes which surprised me as she has never taken to any other type. I shall definitely be buying them again. She also loved the tikka, korma and mexican bases and I will be buying them again.

SisterMatic Sat 10-Aug-13 11:01:14

Not had chance to test all product get but will in the next day or two...have I still got time?

HorseyGirl1 Sat 10-Aug-13 14:04:17

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

The selection of foods were great. Not what I expected at all, surprised by the Mexican mix base and indeed by the pots as well.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

I haven't seen anything like the base or paste pots before.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

Cooking with the pots and bases were both easy. The recipes were simple - only grumble were the tiny amounts needed - to be honest I just guessed the amounts. I would expect to find them in the baby aisle however, I'm not sure that would really be the best place for them. I think the condiment / recipe mixes would probably be better. My baby didn't like the base mix at all and he loves both rice and cheese - may have been the beans he didn't really like. I took the remainder for my lunch to work - I know, bad Mummy, but I thought it was very nice. I think the pastes were better. However, I did buy ingredients for the Green Thai curry from the recipe leaflet in the pack and then found I had been sent a Korma mix. That was a bit misleading - however, I just made the Korma using the ingreds I had got for the Green Thai and baby enjoyed it. I added some prawns to the remainder with some peppers and my husband and I loved it.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

I just used the pack recipes - it's a nice idea to go online for the recipes but I personally just wouldn't have the time. I'd buy these products to help me out as I work and need something in a rush after work to feed my baby and us.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

My son didn't like the hearts - my husband hit the nail on the head when he said they're like Sugar Puffs without the sugar. Have been buying the Organix finger foods before this and my son has always enjoyed them - great for a day out, or to stem the tide of a meltdown. We always try everything we make or buy for our son - just to make sure it doesn't taste vile.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

If I saw them in a shop I wouldn't have bought them but having tried them for free, I think I now would. Each pot was enough to feed our son and ourselves (when the recipe was bulked out with extra stuff for the adults). I wouldn't buy the hearts though, son just spat them out and hid them.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Our son enjoys anything with pasta so the tomatoey red and herby green pots were complete winners.Mexican base - not for us - great for me but not my son which kind of defeats the purpose! Mild Tikka and Korma pots also good. Personally I think these products are the next generation of dried sauce mixes that our mothers would have bought - not a particularly bad thing by the way just my own observation. that is also my reason for thinking that they might be best found in the condiment / instant sauce mixes aisle. Good and innovative products which I throughly enjoyed trying out. I have never seen the paste mixes before but that may well because I live in NI. Supermarkets tend to get to us last here!

SaltySeaBird Sun 11-Aug-13 11:44:23

If you're not a tester but you've tried some of the new foods, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Everyone who does so will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a hamper of Organix products worth £50

I was dissapointed not to be a tester for this as I love the Organix products ... and so does my 11mo DD. I thought I would buy a few so I could do my own test and stand a chance of winning the Organix hamper.

We tried:

~ Strawberry Rice Cakes £1.19
~ Tomatoey Red & Herby Green Paste Pot £2.49

*Questions for testers:

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?*

Obviously didn't have the full selection but I thought the range looked good and was well packaged.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

Yes, I love the idea of cooking from scratch but don't always have time and the paste pot offers a good half way house. I think it also added a lot more flavour (pre-made baby food is very bland) without the concern of using adult cooking ingredients which contain salt and other non-baby friendly things.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

Obviously I only tried the two products listed above but it was very easy to do. I used the "Let's cook...Green Vegetable Pasta" recipe. I think I would expect to find this product in the baby food section as it is specifically designed for young children and I'm not sure people would find it if it was with stock cubes / pasta sauces. However the type of person it appeals to (does a lot of home cooking) might not visit the baby food section every shop (I don't as I do try and make meals and associated the baby food aisle with jars and complete meals). I specifically went to get this product after seeing it promoted on Mumsnet. I made Bolognese too with the red sauce.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

As above I made Green Vegetable Pasta and a Bolognese (didn't follow recipe for that). The recipe was easy to follow and all the other ingredients were things I would be buying anyway / easy to find and inexpensive. I'd happily add in other vegetables too although didn't this time.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I wasn't keen on the rice cakes but thought the green vegetable pasta was quite tasty and something I would happily eat myself. I preferred the green pot to the red one.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

They were a bit more expensive that I would have liked but did make a good quantity and I froze some meals too (very handy for working days). Obviously would have liked to be one of the free testers!

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

She really liked everything actually, even the red one which I was less keen on. She really loved the strawberry rice cakes, a lot more than the cheaper apple flavoured ones I normally get her (different brand). I will definitely purchase these again.

I'd really like to try the other paste pots and recipe base as well but will most likely keep an eye out for special offers

Bonkerz Sun 11-Aug-13 12:08:21

Have now made the korma and ds loved it as did 13 year old and 7 year old! I used soya cream and it worked well! It was nice to serve the same food to all children. Will defo use this paste pot again.

NewLifeDownSouth Mon 12-Aug-13 15:03:29

Still testing at the mo but so far...

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

I thought they looked interesting and I was keen to try them.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

We normally cook from scratch so I am not completely aware of the types of baby foods available but I don't think I've seen this mix before.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

The paste pots. It gives you a good start but then you can suit it better to the food your child likes or the food you already have in the house.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

Green vegetable pasta. I based the recipe on what was in the pack already but tweaked it with a couple of different veg. I think storage is an issue for the paste pots. You cannot store the open paste pots, and you can only store the cooked ones in the fridge for a day. With only having one child (22m) and wanting to make sure he has variety, this makes it difficult for me to use the whole pot efficiently. I guess I could freeze them but I would end up with lots of different pots in the freezer and I am probably not organised enough to remember to get them out.

The mexican rice box could be better organised, you have to keep turning the packaging around to figure out the ingredients you need and then what you need to do with them.

I probably wouldn't think / have the time to go online to look at the recipes.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I try everything he eats so have so far had the mexican rice, the ricecakes and the multigrain hearts - I found them all a little bland. I have tried to sauce for the green pasta and this does have more taste to it.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

Not sure of the prices.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

He enjoyed the rice cakes and the multigrain bits. But I think it would have been better if the strawberries pieces were a bit bigger. He wouldn't eat the mexican one. He was having one of those days. He hasn't had the green veg one yet - I am cooking it at the moment.

DD has been poorly and off her food so waiting until she is fully back to normal before trying new stuff with her. She did have the rice cakes and hearts before that and liked the rice cakes but not keen on the hearts.

Coffeechick Mon 12-Aug-13 18:57:24

My son likes the strawberry rice cakes they are really good to keep him busy whilst his lunch/dinner is being made.

Lioninthesun Mon 12-Aug-13 19:12:52

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

It was well packaged although bulky - hard to store for us. I liked the colours on the packets and thought they looked fresh. Was interested to try DD on the mexican as not tried that yet!

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

I really like the idea of the pastes and pots. I know you can get baby stock cubes but they aren't very exciting, whereas these are a lot more varied. I wonder if you would be able to stock them in smaller packs though as it would be nice to have enough for a single serving each time you cook - maybe have 4 separate smaller packs in each box?

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

Very easy to use and follow. I think that as long as I knew about these then I would look for them next to stock cubes in the supermarket. It needs to be clearly marked out as baby somehow though (but suspect this will be done via advertising) although I imagine the healthy alternative may appeal to some adults! I preferred the paste pots as I use the slow cooker a lot and can imagine these would be versatile enough to pop in there too.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

From the pack as I didn't have time to go onto the website. Will try with the slow cooker next!

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I liked them all but am also used to eating DD's cold leftovers, so my tastebuds might not be very reliable! The strawberry hearts were not a fave sadly. They smelled quite interesting wafting back from the buggy (sugar puffs!?) and were bland from the small amount I tried.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

They are a little pricey but I think I would use them maybe once a week as an easy option if I wanted pizza wink.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

DD really enjoyed the paste pots and ate a fair amount of the mexican too which was a surprise! I finished off most of them as they made a fair amount of food! She really didn't like the hearts much - usually she'd scoff the bag of anything like this from other brands but these took 2 days to finish. She did eat them all eventually but as I said usually they are inhaled and I have to wrestle packets off her, but not this time.

Thank you for letting us trial these, I wouldn't have been able to afford them usually but now I have tried them I will probably get them again.

LoveBeingItsABoy Mon 12-Aug-13 19:13:11

Questions for testers:
Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
The list of ingredients required for the mixes struck me as very long, if I were making something like that I would be cooking for the whole family.
Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?
The mixes are certainly different and better as deco designed with babies and toddlers in mind.
Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?
I was surprised at how much I like doing the mixes tbh;the fact Tgey could be frozen made all the difference. Very easy to follow .
Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?
Yes the one on the pack although did vary the veg to what I had.
Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
Yes I did, can't cook without tasting. Deco more like home cooking than any other children's meal. Dd 5 liked it too!
Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
This for me is the falling down; the quantized used meant I had stuff left over so unless I was already buying this things it was expensive.
Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
He did enjoy them , as did dd, I probably won't be buying them again though as for the amount of ingredients I would probably carry on adjusting family meals.

Btw the rice cakes were very popular with cries of more each time!

Thanks for letting me try tgese

Munxx Mon 12-Aug-13 19:46:45

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

I expected the snacks to look as they did, and the paste pots but the rice base was a surprise! I didn't expect it to be like a mini meal in itself.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

Again, the baby rice base seemed quite innovative and certainly unique. The paste pots are a good idea for mums who are maybe a bit nervous about creating exciting dishes for their children.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

The recipes were easy to follow and the booklet had some great ideas. I would expect to find the paste pots and so on in the baby aisle, probably with the baby stock cubes and mini pasta shapes and so on. I think overall the paste pots were more suited to me as they are a wee but more versatile.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

I made the bologese sauce, sadly not a real hit with the baby but the toddler liked it! The tikka was easy to adapt for my milk free toddler with soya products and was good. I just followed the recipes as they were apart from that.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I always have a taste and we thought they were good!

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

I think the snacks are a little pricey, the pots seemed OK value wise.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Although the hearts and rice cakes are a bit over priced they were loved immediately so I will have to buy them again!

Thanks for the opportunity to test, we really enjoyed it. Fingers crossed for the prize draw!!!

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
Nice selection, appealing. Thought they looked like things I might be tempted to buy in the supermarket to try with DD.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?
The paste pots are new and different - I haven't seen any baby/toddler specific ingredients before. The meal base is a great meal shortcut idea.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?
The recipes were good - easy to follow and adapt to suit. I'd expect to find the products with the baby foods or with the general paste pots. The recipe bases suited us better. They're great as a store cupboard standby.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?
We took inspiration from the pack and website recipes and adapted them slightly to suit what DD likes as she's reluctant to try new things.
We used the Mexican rice for two meals and made one with chicken, tomato and sweetcorn and the other with ham and peas.
We made ham and herby pasta with the herb paste.
We haven't used the tomato paste yet.
We made chicken, mushroom and sweetcorn curry with both curry pastes and served one with rice and the other with naan.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
We both tasted them and liked them. We did consider if we would like a family sized version!

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
They'd be very expensive as an everyday meal, but as a store cupboard standby or as an occasional meal we would probably buy them.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
DD liked the multigrain hearts a lot, but didn't like the strawberry pieces.
She enjoyed the rice cakes.
We will buy the Mexican rice again as we enjoyed cooking it together and the fact that I wasn't cooking an entire meal from scratch meant that DD didn't lose interest. She's happier to taste something new that she's had a and in making. We will try some of the ther meal bases too and look up some more meal suggestions from the website. The curries all got eaten too. So verbally, a success.

SisterMatic Tue 13-Aug-13 10:44:58

Q1- it was what I expected, I think it was a nice choice of products to send and i was really pleased opening the box.

Q2- I have never seen the paste pots before, nor had I seen the savoury rice idea I think those are quite different. I had seen the snack foods before, but not with pieces of dried.fruit so that was good.
I think keeping all the baby food together would be a better idea because sometimes I just run in for baby things and I would be able to find it a lot easier and be more tempted to buy.

Q3- I liked the recipes I think the ingredients were easy to come by, they were easy to use I especially liked the rice base as an easy quick meal with little bits added.

Q4- we particularly liked the tomato one, we are going to use the Tikka one tonight with turkey I am looking forward to it. My DD ate all of the tomato one so it was a great hit! We followed the pack recipe for the tomato one but will be straying from the recipe tonight.

Q5- I thought the pots were very tasty, I was a bit apprehensive as I thought it might be bland but I was wrong! I love the snacks as does my daughter I think they are great tasting especially with the pieces of fruit in.

Q6-i think the pots are a little expensive for our budget as normally we give whats on our plate but they are good for a night where my partner and I could be eating too late so we could prepare that instead. I think the snacks are very reasonable.

Q7- DD could have eaten the whole bag of rice cakes in one go, to be honest I could too. She has asked for more so I will have ti go and buy some. The little grain hearts went down well too but I think that the rice cakes won hands down. I would purchase the rice base again. I would buy the pots if they were on offer otherwise I think they may be out of our budget.

Thank you for choosing me to test.

lemontop Tue 13-Aug-13 11:28:55

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

My first impression was that the products looked good. There were lots of different things to try and my kids were very excited to try them. I had been told what was being sent so I had a good idea but the presentation was better than expected.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

The mexican rice was really different. It looked much more like an adult ready meal than any other baby / toddler food I had seen before.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

I thought the recipes were good. They were very easy to follow. I would expect to find these alongside the baby and toddler food in the supermarket. The recipe base was much more suited to me because it was much easier to turn into an actual meal. I feel that the paste pots required much more effort cooking and to be honest if I was going to that much effort to cook I would make a sauce myself for all the family.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

I used the 'lets cook green vegetable pasta' and followed the recipe but substituted broccoli for green beans.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them? I tried all the foods. I thought the rice cakes and hearts were really bland but the mexican rice base was delicious. The herby green sauce was fine but a bit bland for me.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

The rice cakes and hearts were good value and the mexican rice was good value as it was two portions and almost a complete meal. I thought the paste pots were really expensive.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

The children loved the rice cakes and were begging for more. The hearts were not so poular. They enjoyed the green vegetable pasta I made with the herby green sauce but unfortunately neither of my kids liked the mexican rice, which was strage because I thought it was delicious. I think I will purchase the rice cakes in the future and will look out for different recipe bases.

mignonette Tue 13-Aug-13 11:43:00

I used the strawberry rice cakes to make a pudding treat for my friends toddler.

Strawberry Rice Cake Banana IceCream Sandwiches

You mash up one banana with a little breast/cows/soya/almond if allowed using only enough to make an ice cream thickness. Then add some natural honey-just a quarter teaspoon and mash them all together. Freeze in a little ramekin until frozen then take out and let soften enough to allow it to be moulded into a rice cake sized patty.

Sandwich it between two rice cakes. Watch in delight as toddler applies to face in ecstasy.

teabagpleb Tue 13-Aug-13 14:38:07

Dd liked the rice cakes, but ds age 4 thought they were too strawberry-ey but likes the apple ones. He's very fussy so ignore him!

mrslyman Tue 13-Aug-13 15:48:12

Hi, sorry for the feedback delay, the parcel was delivered to a neighbour who forgot to bring it over!

So far we have tried both of the snacks and the mexican rice base and the tomatoey red paste pot. My answers are below:

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

It was what I was expecting. A good first impression I like the packaging.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?

The pastes are a new idea, I don't really buy pre-made baby food but like the idea of these as it's a bit of a helping hand towards home cooked food, which can help when you're a bit stuck for ideas on what to make for dinner.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?

The recipes were easy to follow for the paste pots.

I found the recipe base a little trickier to follow, despite being a two portion dinner the instructions were focused on dinner for one. I have a 10 month old and a 2 year old so was making it for both of them, what should have been a simple case of throwing in the extra ingredients and microwaving, turned into a bit of a palaver as I had to double the portions and then work out if I was microwaving it for enough time as there was twice as much food.

I would have thought this product would appeal for other parents who have either children close in age or twins so it would be useful to have instructions for cooking it for two on there.

Also the ingredients list and the cooking instructions for this product are seperate and then when you flatten the box one is upside down which is a bit annoying.

I would expect to see these in the baby aisle and have seen them there.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?

I used the tomatoey paste pot to make a bolognaise, and roughly followed the recipe on the pack with a few variations as to what was in my fridge.

I probably wouldn't use it for bolognaise again as even though it was lovely I generally just give the children the one I normally make but I was wondering if I could have used it in a lentil based recipe so I am planning to visit organix.com to have a look.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I like the rice cakes, wasn't too fussed about the strawberry hearts or the mexican rice base (I don't like beans of any sort though) and the tomatoey paste made a very nice bolognaise

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

The rice cakes are a bit expensive, I generally buy the Hipp ones which are cheaper and a bit nicer.

For 6-10 portions of food the pots are reasonably good value for money, although I would probably wait until there was an offer on.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

The 10 month old liked/ ate the paste pot bolognaise, the mexican rice base and the rice cakes. He ate a couple of the hearts but mainly just threw them around the kitchen.

The 2 year old, when asked told me that the rice cake was very nice and that the strawberry hearts tasted like strawberry, although once he had one of the strawberry bits he didn't eat any more of the puffs.

He also thought the bolognaise was yummy.

He turned his nose up at the mexican rice base.

I wouldn't buy a recipe base again, I think they would probably just end up being a waste of money with the fussy toddler. I may buy the paste pots again depending on how well the others go down once I use them, although I suspect I'll be more inclined towards the curry bases than the italian themed pots.

Thank you for the pack it's been fun trying new things.

Smicha Wed 14-Aug-13 08:36:55

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
First impression was that the base and paste pots were different to what I have seen in the shops for this age group. The rice cakes and hearts I thought initially were similar to other products. The variety of items was more than I was expecting.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?
The paste pots as they require lots of fresh ingredients to complete the meal.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?
The instructions were very easy to follow and the recipes were a change from those that I have been making for DS. I would expect to find these foods in the baby food aisle. I think the paste pots are probably most suited to me as I prefer to cook from scratch and I felt the recipe base was a bit like a microwave ready meal, which I don't buy. I used the korma pot and in reality, when I looked at the ingredients, if I'm going to chop up all of the veg to add to the meal, I would be more inclined to chop some garlic and onions and add spices than spend £2.49 on a pot.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?
I made the vegetable korma from the pack. I had some creme fraiche in the fridge to be used up so I added that instead of single cream.

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
Yes, I tried the korma and it was nicely spiced and had a much more 'real' flavour than other baby foods. I also nibbled a few of the strawberry rice cakes which were much tastier than plain rice cakes and helped me overcome a hunger pang when out and about!!

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
The rice cakes and hearts are good value. I did think the pots were a little expensive for what they contain, but on thinking about it I do have a freezer bag full of veggie korma ice cubes now and for the price I will also have the same amount of tikka, so they are reasonable value.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
He loved the rice cakes and I will continue to buy them. I haven't tried him on the hearts yet as I offered him a similar product made by Ella's and he struggled to pick them up so I want to wait a little while until he can properly enjoy them! He liked the korma but didn't eat the whole portion I offered him. I think though that was because I added wholegrain rice, which can be a lot more filling than white. I plan to try the tikka soon so will report back if the thread is still open.

Thanks for choosing me for this. Just a further bit of related feedback, it has dawned on me since using the products that I find Organix packaging a bit 'busy' (perhaps I'm odd!) and so haven't been drawn to the products in the supermarket in the same way that other products have enticed me (shallow emoticon!) but since trying these I now look at Organix first and it would appear my baby is a HUGE fan of the banana biscuits!

supergreenuk Wed 14-Aug-13 19:02:57

Already posted feedback but just wanted to add that tonight the kids just scoffed a portion of the chicken tikka I had frozen. Happy mummy.

YouMakeMeWannaLaLa Wed 14-Aug-13 22:08:21

I added my review upthread but am just updating because DS had the Mexican Rice Recipe Base today.

I made it as suggested, adding tomatoes, cheese and peas. It was a real success. I didn't think he would like it as he tends to prefer 'wet' food but I spread it on his high chair tray and he picked at it for a good while and seemed to really enjoy it. He left all the beans hmm but the flavoured rice and veg went down very well.

I tried it as well. I liked it but found it quite bland (as expected to appeal to toddlers) and a bit dry but it could easily be mixed in with a sauce.

I would buy it again.

Also, though not part of the test samples we tried the Organix Mighty Meals (the bolognese) and he really enjoyed that too. They are quite a good price, especially when on offer.

laeiou Thu 15-Aug-13 08:35:00

Not a tester.

The oaty bar range seems to have changed recently, the savoury / veg options have gone, replaced with sweet options. Will more savory ones be launched?

The meals (meatballs, Bolognese) are quite dissimilar to the images in the packet. There was a tiny amount of spaghetti in ours.

MildDrPepperAddiction Thu 15-Aug-13 12:24:29

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has sent to you? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
Nit sure what I was expecting however I was pleasently surprised to see the range that they have come up with.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other baby food is out there? Why do you say that?
The paste pots are not like any other product I had seen before. Most babyfood comes precooked etc so I was nice to see something that allows for fresh ingredients.

Q3 How did you find cooking the 'Cook with Organix' recipes, were the instructions easy to follow, were the recipes interesting to you, where would you expect to find these foods in the supermarket? Which of the two products was most suited to you; Paste Pots or Recipe Bases?
The recipes were very easy to follow. I found the paste pots better for my needs as you can improvise more with the ingredients if you don't have them all to hand. The recipes were very straightforward so I didn't find them particularly interesting. There was nothing unusual in them.

Q4 what Cook with recipe did you make? Was it one from the pack or did you visit Organix.com for more ideas or add your own twist?
We used all the paste pots which were received with varying degrees of enthusiasm!

Q5 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
DH tried some of them. He thought they were ok, but that homemade from scratch tastes much better.

Q6 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
There are better value for money than other babyfoods as you get more meals from the pots.

Q7 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
The pasta paste pots were well received and also the Strawberry Multigrain Hearts. I would definitely purchase them again. I think I would only buy the pots again if we were going away and I wouldn't have access to all ingredients. DD eats everything we eat now so there wouldn't be any point in buying to use at home.

All in all I was really pleased to be able to try out the recipes. This is a good step by organix to get people cooking.

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