Ella's Kitchen - how bad are they?

(35 Posts)
delilah88 Thu 01-Aug-13 16:43:58

We've been using a few recently for convenience and DD quite likes them but [super-dense question her] I don't understand how they last for so long if they don't contain preservatives? There's a brekkie one that says it has 47% yoghurt -- but how could that work out of the fridge?

Could some bright spark tell me please, and if they're generally bad for baby or not.

Dackyduddles Thu 01-Aug-13 16:46:56

Dunno. Never occurred to me to question it. Personally I think they and Plum are great! I've used twice and really think they are tasty, suitable and work well.

TwasBrillig Thu 01-Aug-13 16:48:07

Same as most jarred food I think. I'd rather fresh food than processed but I don't think there's anything actually wrong with it.

Rowanred Thu 01-Aug-13 17:45:26

I think they're pretty bad. I bought 3 just to see what they were like and when I tasted them I just couldn't feed them to my baby! They were pretty rank and "fake" tasting!

I don't think they're bad as in will be bad for your babies health really. They are just bad as in they don't really taste like real food!

SpooMoo Thu 01-Aug-13 18:55:13

Vacuum packed?

Why don't you email their customer services and ask?

Insomniac80 Thu 01-Aug-13 19:00:26

There seems to be lemon juice in a lot of them and they're vacuum packed. The use by dates are often a year away from the date if purchase. I use them regularly when I'm busy but my brother pointed out to me that they couldn't really have any nutritional value because of their long life. This has not stopped me using them though!

dyslexicdespot Thu 01-Aug-13 19:05:00

I just bought some reusable feeding pouches, a much cheaper and healthier alternative to Ella's. I make my own smoothies for DS with a blend of fruit, oats and milk.

LittleBearPad Thu 01-Aug-13 19:07:29

I think they are superheated once sealed, a bit like UHT milk which is why they last so long. Bit like ready to feed formula cartons which last for months unopened.

I used them sometimes, they were handy. Never occurred to me to taste one - they smelt a bit weird, especially the fish one but dd loved them.

sweetiepie1979 Thu 01-Aug-13 19:12:35

I always use the fruit ones especially when dd is sick with glands and throat. I think they are fine. I'd never have used jar food though.

MissStrawberry Thu 01-Aug-13 19:13:39

Babies probably love them because they haven't had much real food and maybe they are quite sweet?

tomatoplantproject Thu 01-Aug-13 19:16:03

They are vacuum packed and heated to blast nasties away. Think they are great - dd is really difficult with food and I am far less emotional giving her ready made than slaving away over purees and then chucking them away. I have progressed to only using them when out and about. I should have shares!!

LoganMummy Thu 01-Aug-13 19:30:45

They are pasturised so last a long time.

PassTheCremeEggs Thu 01-Aug-13 19:34:51

Unless you cook fresh for your baby every day they're no worse than your (probably) frozen and defrosted purées/meals. They're heat treated to keep them fresh which I believe has no worse an effect on nutrients than freezing. I used them for ages when I was first pregnant with DC2 and was so sick I couldn't face cooking - DD loved them and they made my life a whole lot easier. What's not to like?

Passmethecrisps Thu 01-Aug-13 19:37:22

I use them regularly at the moment as my 8.5 month old is a reluctant eater. It wasn't my plan but hay ho. I have tasted every one I give her and I actually think a lot of them taste pretty good. I genuinely have no problem with them.

I am, however, just delighted when she eats anything so I am maybe not the best to judge.

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 01-Aug-13 19:38:40

I LOVE their vegetable lentil bake blush

Passmethecrisps Thu 01-Aug-13 19:40:02

I agree arabella. I think that's the one I would happily have on toast.

Angelico Thu 01-Aug-13 19:43:11

The 10 month plus spag bol is really nice! They are v handy when we are having a takeaway or something unsuitable for her to eat e.g. frozen pizza.

shufflehopstep Thu 01-Aug-13 19:49:11

They're fine and as others have said are most likely heat treated to extend their shelf life. Although they do all taste pretty much the same to me, we've used those or organix ones since I went back to work 2 months ago and DD seems to really enjoy them.

hazeyjane Thu 01-Aug-13 19:50:25

dyslexicdespot - where did you get your reusable pouches from, if you don't mind me asking?

In the past I have resorted to scissors and parcel tape - messy!

scottishmummy Thu 01-Aug-13 19:52:15

They're really useful when out,on move
Good as just in case in your bag
Still cheaper to cook own food,costs pennies compared to pouch

BlueSprite Thu 01-Aug-13 19:55:40

My 'baby' is now 3, and had a lot of pouches until he was about 2, especially the vegetable mixed with fruit ones. They were great - so convenient and a godsend when travelling or when he was feeling under the weather. He now eats very healthily (am scared this might change when he starts school though!)

I never bothered with the yoghurt ones though. I mixed Rachel's Kitchen fruit yoghurt with natural Greek yoghurt to make it a bit less over-poweringly sweet.

lola88 Thu 01-Aug-13 20:29:26

DS still eats the fruit ones for a snack if we're out and he's hungry and ate them lots when he was small

SunnyIntervals Thu 01-Aug-13 20:41:12

Fresh food that you cook will be better and when i tasted one of the Ella's kitchen range I thought it was disgusting - chicken casserole one iirc. Won't do damage as such, though.

Passmethecrisps Thu 01-Aug-13 20:43:14

My cooking must be awful blush

Honestly, the stuff I have made is fine but I genuinely wouldn't say it tasted much better than the EK stuff.

In an ideal world I will be feeding my baby my own food. In the meantime she can eat some pouch food

ThisIsYourSong Fri 02-Aug-13 08:13:30

I asked the nutritionist about them, she said they will still get all the vitamins and nutritional value from the fruit and veges, just not the fibre

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