So, I’ve already reviewed the Baby Led Spreads savoury variety and now they have a brand NEW range out – yummy, tasty sweet jars!
Quite simply put this company provides eco friendly products for weaning babies and toddlers!
Their ethos is great –
“At BabyLed Food, our aim is to make available to babies and toddlers the same (if not better!) range of tastes, textures and food types that we as adults have become accustomed to. Squeezy pouches and purees have had their day – it’s now time to let your little one lead the way!! BabyLed Food stands for good quality, healthy food products that can be enjoyed from the start of weaning and onwards – helping your child to explore proper food right from the off. Nothing artificial, nothing unhealthy.”
They also support charity through their products and their charity partner for 2019 is Bliss.
They do this by donating 30p to Bliss for every half pack (9 spreads or 6 veg pouches) sold online and for every full pack (18 spreads or 12 veg pouches) sold online they donate 60p.
Bliss campaigns for the best care and support for premature and sick babies and their families.
Bliss champion the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care by:
- Supporting neonatal professionals to deliver high quality baby-centred care and involve parents actively in their babies’ care.
- Placing premature and sick babies’ voices at the heart of decision-making to ensure that their best interests are always put first.
- Supporting research that can tangibly improve outcomes for babies born premature or sick.
- They offer a wide range of free services for the families of premature and sick babies.
- Supporting parents of babies born premature or sick to be as involved as possible in care and decision-making for their babies.
- Plus extensive research into bereavement support.
WHAT I RECEIVED
Winifred (my infant) was very kindly gifted their sweet jars to review (I’ve added links so you can see full nutrition and ingredients) which come in the flavours of:
They can be stored in the cupboard for up to 12 months, but once opened should be put in the fridge and used within 2 days.
Each jar is sufficient for about 1-2 sandwich fillings for a hungry baby!
For more information just click the links provided and for more info on their Savoury range click here – plus weaning ideas!
This company is amazing as not only are they producing great products for babies and toddlers but they are doing it in an environmentally friendly way!
Leftover food –
Any leftover food from our process is never wasted! It is collected and sent locally to a biogas plant, where it is anaerobically digested and turned into clean, green energy!
Carbon footprint –
They locally source grown ingredients wherever possible, to both support the Northumberland economy and to reduce the distance the ingredients travel.
Less distance travelled = less petrol consumed + less carbon monoxide emitted!
Recyclable materials –
All the material used to pack thei raw ingredients can be recycled.
BabyLed Pure Veg –
They are determined that the plastic pouches used to give the veggies their 4-week freshness must never be sent away to landfill. So they provide a freepost envelope for all customers to return their used pouches to them and supply this to a manufacturer of playground equipment for schools and parks across the UK, where it is recycled into useful, lasting plastic products, that are themselves recyclable when they are ready!
Find out more at https://playquestadventureplay.co.uk/
ALL packaging materials used are recyclable –
Glass jar, metal lid, paper/cardboard labels and wraps!
Many of their products to customers are posted and it’s important for them to use recyclable cardboard boxes to do so. The Pure Veg range arrives chilled in a chilled polystyrene box, which too can be placed in your recycle bin. Even the ice packs they use to keep the contents fresh can be reused!
Other weaning items –
They select like-minded companies with products that are manufactured with minimal impact on the environment. Other companies they work with are Tum Tum Tots who provide awesome eco friendly items! They also work with Tidy Tot, and sell items like Easy Tots, micro fibre baby washable wipes, Easy Mat Original (I think sound great!)
TWENTY SIX USES FOR JAM
- Make a jam smoothie: blend your favorite jam with milk, fresh fruit, and yoghurt.
- Serve marmalade & cream cheese on crackers.
- Use the jam as a glaze for pork or chicken; it can easily be added to BBQ sauce.
- Liven up any boring original cheesecake with a dollop of jam on top of the cheesecake.
- Spread it between cake layers, for example a Victoria sponge cake.
- Gently warm up and thin an apple or peach jam and pour over ice cream for an extra treat.
- A simple pancake or waffle topping
- It makes great gifts – especially homemade!
- Stir into cottage cheese.
- Served up some jam with some sliced-up local fruit; simple, but delicious.
- Serve a blob of jam in a bowl of oatmeal for a comforting snack; a great food to eat before bed.
- Swirl in some strawberry jam to rice pudding.
- Buy plain yogurt and add jam for flavoring according to your taste.
- Cover a wheel of brie cheese with jam, wrap in puff pastry and bake.
- Stir jam into icing for a different and yummy cake topping.
- Fill doughnuts!
- Make jam filled butter cookies – yummy!
- Get the kids to help in the kitchen – mix jam into the pancake batter, you can’t go wrong!
- Make a simple Jam Tart! All you have to do is fill individual pastry tartlet cases with jam. Nice served warm with a dollop of ice cream on the side!
- Make a batch of surprise muffins – half-fill the muffin cups, put in a dob of jam, and then cover the jam with more muffin mix.
- Jam makes an easy crepe filling! Top with a spoonful of cream fraiche or whipping cream.
- For a flavourful protein shake, blend jam, milk and protein powder.
- Mix with oil, vinegar and spices for a sweet salad dressing.
- Use jam instead of sugar for making chewy and fruity cookies.
- Drizzle warmed-up jam over really hot and spicy chicken wings.
- Spoon marmalade over chicken breasts before baking: a really simple glaze.
DOES IT TASTE GOOD THOUGH?
All things aside – what’s the taste?
The different mixes such as Rhubarb and fig I’ve never seen before so give a variety of things for those taste buds! So, yes, they taste good! You can have a company that does the most amazing things in the world but if the food sucks then people won’t want to try it – I’ve sampled the little jams and they DO taste good! Some children can be VERY fussy so this also secretly adds ingredients they may refuse to try – click the link for 7 Tips on How Combat Fussy Eaters!
I think I would mainly end up using them for adding to porridge, scones, greek yoghurt, cake fillers toast and crumpets.
My infant doesn’t seem to have a particular favourite flavour but I liked them all although wasn’t overly into the tangy blueberry as I’m not overly into blueberries – I had to try them of course! My nephew who is 8 months liked them all and I blind tested my mum and she liked the Rhubarb and Fig the best.
I love this brand because they make healthy products with such a variety and with no additives or extra sugar I feel confident my children having it.
I like how the sugar content is 5% less than average adult jam which when home made as can contain 50% fruit and 50% sugar (people do different recipes) and had a look at sugar wise jam and it’s similar sugar content and the other non sugar wise jam I look at contained A LOT more!
The ratio of sugar and fruit can vary in other jams: with sweet fruits, it’s about 2:1 (2 kilos of fruit, 1 of sugar), while with more bitter fruits like oranges, it should be more like 3:2. If uncertain, it’s better to round up with the sugar. The other potential ingredients – lemon and pectin – are found in many jam recipes.
The nutritional value of today’s Jams are not 100% lost as they were when our Nanas stood over hob cooking picked berries for hours and inadvertently cooking out all the wonderful nutrients.
By adding sugar and pectin (depending on the type of pectin) some jams only have to cook at boiling for as little as ten minutes instead of two and half hours which helps retain the natural nutritional value of the fruit while ensuring shelf stability.
(FYI Pectin is a soluble gelatinous polysaccharide which is present in ripe fruits and is used as a setting agent in jams and jellies.)
Which is why choosing a jam that utilizes fresh fruits, healthy ingredients and proper production is an important health decision – which these jams provide.
Knowing that choosing the right fruit jam as a main staple in your life and indulging in a health conscious lifestyle will not only give you great peace of mind but also a healthy happy future to embrace for yourself and your babbas!
The only thing I would change are the sizes – so people could have larger sizes rather than the whole mix as some people may just want one or two items rather than the whole six items.
HOPE YOU FOUND THIS HELPFUL!