A little while ago, my daughter discovered food pouches.
OK, to say she discovered them is an exaggeration. In reality, we gave her one, she loved it, so we continued to give her more. She likes the flavours; we like the healthiness and the fact she can hold it and control how quickly she eats them.
As a baby and now as a toddler, she has been fiercely independent. She has wanted to feed herself for as long as I can remember.
But at $1 each, on sale if bought in multiples, I soon realized cost was going to be a factor when she started wanting to drink two or three a day.
So my wife set out to find a place where we could buy reusable pouches. Turns out, you really can find anything on eBay. For $30, shipping included, we bought 20 refillable pouches.
I went our local Wal-Mart and spent $40 on frozen fruits and vegetables, a few fresh fruits and veggies and a few cans of peaches and pears in a water sauce, only because they are healthier.
In all, we had blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, blackberries, mangoes, pears, peaches, apples, peas, and carrots. We cooked everything which needed to be, thawed a few and then started making concoctions we thought she’d like in a blender.
Her favourite flavour is strawberry, banana, mango and peach.
We quickly discovered we had way too much food and reused the frozen fruit bags to store the extras of each of our four concoctions.
I tried each of them. Some were a little more veggie-based with a large pea base and some were sweeter with more fruit.
Overall, it was about a 2.5 hour process from cooking to filling and then freezing some of the first batch. It was a pretty easy process once we got comfortable and realized how much liquid we need at the bottom of the blender to let it start to do its work.
With the second batch of filling, we added some yogurt into the pouches. She has enjoyed that change too.
Even without the yogurt, we make enough puree to easily fill 175-200 pouches. Even factoring in the cost of the pouches, which on the next round won’t be a factor, we have been able make her favourite food for about $0.40 each. For a family like ours which lives on a budget, that is a good thing.