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Wiltshire Farm Foods - any good?

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paulapantsdown Mon 28-Nov-11 21:04:55

So my Dad is due home any day now after a hip replacement, and my brother too from his respite unit. My Dad is the main carer for my brother who has profound and multiple disabilities (with LOTS of support from SS/homecarers etc).

I am currently trying to get enough dinners cooked and in the freezer for them both so that the carers coming into both can warm up for them on the days I can't be there. I was also thinking of Wiltshire Farm Foods. Does anyone have any experience of them. They are both fairly big men with big appetites - are they weeny dishes?

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.

paulapantsdown Mon 28-Nov-11 21:14:00

I think I'll put this in chat too .. its a bi quiet here isn't it (all too knackered worrying about the old duffers to spend much time on here!).

CMOTdibbler Mon 28-Nov-11 21:23:07

I've been told they are pretty good, and you can order extra mash and veg to bulk them out a bit if needs be, and they could have a stodgy pudding too.

Worth a try, even if you just get a trial pack to have in reserve.

Skippy5 Mon 28-Nov-11 21:54:34

My 90 year old dad who has tried both, says that Oakhouse Foods are better. Not sure about the size of the meals though.

TIDDLYMUM Mon 28-Nov-11 22:01:34

Bless you it's a real worry, been in a similar situation myself. As well as the ones you have mentioned have you looked at m and s ready meals. Not as dear as you would think plenty of offers on I think three for six pounds for some? Not huge though . I think most of the supermarkets do pretty good plain type ready meals. Also those sponge type puddings which take seconds in a plastic tub, tin of custard jobs a good un. Good luck they are lucky to have a caring daughter/sis x

Deargdoom Mon 28-Nov-11 22:07:49

We have an order with W.F.F. for my mum. I don't think they would be enough for hefty appetites- they are about the same size as a frozen tv dinner from a supermarket.

readsalotgirl Tue 29-Nov-11 18:25:00

Hi I treied these for my mum - she said they are ok and my sister has had a couple and also siad theywere ok if a bit bland. They do larger portion meals - I think they are called "hearty meals". I have been trying various supermarket ready meals and mum has enjoyed ones from Tesco which appear to be quite new - think they are called "simply". There is a fish pie and a shepherds pie and the packaging shows it's just made with fish+cheese+ potato for example. The good thing about the Wilshire Foods is that they will deliver and put the food straight into the freezer for you and there is a good variety of meals. I was also told that HomeCare like them as they know they have been prepared and kept in controlled conditions so there are no food handling issues.
Good luck

reelingintheyears Mon 05-Dec-11 14:17:40

My Mum has them delivered and says they're fine for her.

Catsdontcare Mon 05-Dec-11 14:19:55

The portions aren't huge but the quality seems good and the service was very good when we used them for mil

belledechocchipcookie Mon 05-Dec-11 14:37:32

My mother used to have meals on wheels, she said the food was vile. My father was happy with Wiltshire though.

ssd Tue 06-Dec-11 23:04:16

hi op, I sometimes buy my mum M&S meals for one, they are quite good and go in the microwave

wrae74 Sun 19-Oct-14 22:13:24


Pork with leeks and mustard, a relative thought it would be slices of pork but turned out to be a casserole. I ate the puds, better than Iceland ready meals, which isn't hard.

wrae74 Sun 19-Oct-14 22:14:51

The relative says to be fair, the potatos and veg in the casserole were "lovely". Al dente in mum-speak = "raw"

ReallyBadParty Sun 30-Nov-14 22:12:01

Cook! Foods are good

eddiemairswife Sun 30-Nov-14 22:26:56

My neighbour had them for a while, but said they all tasted the same. She went on to have Sainsbury microwaveable meals for one and much preferred them.

loveareadingthanks Thu 04-Dec-14 09:45:05

My parents tried some after a friend recommended them.

My parents are an 86 year old woman, and a very frail 87 year old man, both with much smaller appetities than they used to have and have lost weight over last few years.

They were not impressed. Very small portions, very school dinnery/canteeny, very little veg so mum always had to cook something to go with them anyway. They said total rip off for the prices charged.

The only advantage over ordering normal supermarket ready meals to be delivered is that they'll come in and put them in the freezer. If that can be managed, don't bother.

(On the other hand, their friend, a very active 60 something, loves them. So it's down to personal taste).

herindoors001 Fri 03-Mar-17 19:49:05

Give Wiltshire foods a miss, not very pleasant no substance to most of the stuff, I have looked at all the packs and you would be better off with some ready meals from local supermarkets.

pnutter Fri 03-Mar-17 19:50:34

Do you have a Cook nearby ?

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 03-Mar-17 19:55:46

If you have a Cook! They are brilliant, my mother regularly has them and they deliver

herindoors001 Fri 03-Mar-17 20:06:03

Right girls, me being suspicious, I had seen this logo on Wiltshire farm foods before" Appitito" they pack the foods but also run there own company and supply meals on wheels and other care homes over the entire country. this link is for home deliveries and I have it on good advice that there is no difference between wiltshire and their packs.

MrPoppersPenguins Fri 03-Mar-17 20:14:56

My grandad used to like them, my nanna had to choose the soft options but thought they were ok. They used to like choosing from the catalogue! TBH though if they aren't reliant on the delivery factor (ie you can get to a shop for them) Waitrose ready meals are 3 for £6 and are lovely with fair bit of choice. Their macaroni cheese is amazing!!

Thankyouforthemusic Mon 06-Mar-17 18:24:16

Similar to others, my dad says the portions are small. We get him Sainsbury's or Tesco ready meals and veg that can go in the microwave. The good things about WFF is that they will deliver a small number of meals and they bring them in so easier for people who can't move around easily and it's someone else to talk to!

herindoors001 Tue 07-Mar-17 17:21:17

Girls, we have been looking at different ready meals and the co-op do 3 for a tenner which are very passable and tasty, waitrose are good and some of asda but as we all know we all have different tastes, but the supermarket ready meals have come on leaps and bounds. Those who shop in marks and Spencer can really have a vast selection although you may pay a little extra but the food is good.

Millipedewithherfeetup Tue 07-Mar-17 17:39:49

My pil have these, the company that make them also do a lot of hospital food, its nutritional, balanced and should be perfect for elderly appetites, my pil however get fed up with the choices, to be fair, they are not very adventurous and order the same things all the time ! They have these on average 4 nights a week and bits and bobs for the other 3.

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