Ella's Kitchen - Organic Baby Food Stage 1 For 4 Months & Older Bananas, Apricots and Baby Rice - 3.5 oz. (99g)
Ella's Kitchen - Organic Baby Food Stage 1. Hello, I'm 100% organic bananas, apricots + brown rice - with nothing else added, not even water. This brand new range of Ella’s 1 Baby Food has been created to provide a healthy combined option for moms who want to give their little ones more than just fruit but are not yet ready to go onto dairy and protein – a perfect solution for hungrier babies!
Ella's Kitchen Organic Baby Food Stage 1:
- NO added water
- NO preservatives or thickeners
- NO E numbers or GM
- NO gluten, wheat, dairy or lactose
- NO lumps or bits and nothing artificial
- JUST yummy organic food for babies Unsweetened and unsalted Contains naturally occurring sugars
- For Babies 4 Months and Up
Ella's Kitchen Frequently Asked Questions
Who I'm I For?
My ingredients are suitable for 4 months. I'm a handy brown rice and fruit mix, ideal for first taste and also great for hungrier babies. let your baby's taste buds explore new flavors and textures whenever you feel they're ready. Every baby is different I'm suitable for vegetarians too.
Organic food is expensive. Why is it better? Organic food is expensive - but here are 10 great reasons why it's better!
- It's healthy. On average, organic food contains higher levels of vitamin C and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants.
- No nasty additives. Organic food doesn't contain food additives which can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
- No GM Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are allowed under organic standards.
- Organic farms respect their water resources. Organic farming doesn’t use polluting chemicals which is better for their water resources.
- High standards. Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year. The standards for organic food are laid down in European, US and Canadian law.
- Work in harmony with nature. Organic agriculture respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem and wildlife is encouraged. Yay
- Helps rural communities thrive. USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.
- Organic abundance! Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.
- Builds healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
- Top for taste. Many people prefer organic food because they say it tastes better. It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
How can Ella's Kitchen have a 12-month shelf life?
Ella's Kitchen found a really safe and effective way to lock in all freshness of the fruit and vegetables, without compromising the goodness. their pureed fruits and vegetables are blended together then gently and quickly pasteurized (like milk) at 200ºF for just 10 seconds, then popped into individual pouches while still hot and held at 185ºF for another 2 and a half minutes - so that the fruits stay safe and tasty in a natural way without the use of artificial preservatives. In fact they have at least 4 little secrets that help create healthy, safe, tasty and long shelf life food.
These secrets are:
- Ella's Kitchen carefully balance their recipes to be sufficiently naturally acidic to be hostile to bugs but safe for kids
- They flash pasteurize the fruits to kill any existing or dormant bugs
- They fill the pouches hot so that the pouches themselves are free from bugs
- They draw a vacuum and add an inert gas into the top of the pouch before they screw the caps on tightly. This means that there is no oxygen in the pouch to feed anything in there.
Oops! They're no longer secrets!
Can I take Ella's Kitchen products on a plane?
Ella's Kitchen baby food pouches are perfectly fine on aircraft. If you're putting them in your suitcase I'd recommend wrapping them in plastic in case they get pierced. Crushed organic fruit and vegetables are lovely but not all over your new summer dress. If you're carrying them on board I'd just be mindful of cautious customs officials who may think the Baby Food falls into the 'liquids over 3 oz or 90ml' category. I was once made to open a pouch!
Can I freeze Ella's Kitchen products?
Often kids - and especially babies - don't get all the way through their dinner so it's good to know the food doesn't have to go to waste. It's fine to freeze Ella's Kitchen products as long as it's frozen within 24 hours of opening the baby food pouch, and consumed quickly after the product has been thoroughly defrosted. they wouldn't recommend freezing food that has already been warmed though. You can freeze it in one two ways. Either pop the pouch straight in the freezer or you can squeeze leftovers into ice cube trays to create mini portions. Ella's Kitchen 1 baby food and Smoothie Fruits are all nut and nut oil free - as are their factories - yeah!
Ella's Kitchen 1 baby food and Smoothie Fruits are made by pasteurizing pureed fruits and vegetables. This process gently heats the foods to 200ºF for a few seconds, fills the pouch and then holds the temperature for a few minutes. This processing is much less than jarred baby foods or sauces which will go up to over 248ºF –often with the subsequent degradation of taste, color and nutritional content. Any cooking process will break down some mineral and vitamin contents (including home cooking), and the more the food is processed the more is likely to be lost. they decided not to put mineral and vitamin contents on their pouches because they do not add any as specific ingredients, nor do they make any claims about them. Some foods that have been taken to very high temperatures may have added synthetic or extracted vitamins if their manufacturers are worried that too many are likely to have been destroyed, but they believe that their processing is much closer to home made foods and keep their ingredients as simple and easy to understand as possible – just like you would do at home
Are Smoothie Fruits suitable for weaning?
Smoothie Fruits are primarily designed to be a health lunchbox snack for older children. That said they are fine for babies 6 months and older as long as you know that your baby isn't allergic to any of the ingredients. All the fruits they use are on the recommended list for babies who've started weaning, so I'd recommend trying individual fruits first before feeding them their products - so for example, try individual samples of fresh berries, apple and banana and if they're fine with those you can start feeding them the Red One Perhaps the most important fruit to pre-test with your baby is kiwi fruit - as some babies and children are allergic to this fruit.
What materials do you use in your packaging?
their pouches are made from two kinds of plastic which 'sandwich' the aluminum foil in the middle. The aluminum forms an impermeable barrier between what's inside the pouch and the outside world; one of the effects of which means they can naturally preserve their products without adding additives, preservatives etc. Both layers of plastic have been chosen by their supplier to be safe with food. they have their written confirmation that the pouches do not contain any Bisphenol A or Phthalates, which the main toxin concerns are relating to plastics. their caps and 'straws' are made from PE plastic (BPA free) which is very common in food use and has served this type of packaging for many years.
Can I recycle Ella's Kitchen packaging?
All their cardboard outer packaging is 100% recyclable - and in fact is 90% recycled card itself. The foil baby food pouches require a slightly longer answer. Ella's Kitchen 1 baby food and Smoothie Fruit pouches cannot be recycled through the usual recycling centers because they contain aluminum foil and plastic fused together and the technology is not available yet to separate the laminated materials. The over all amount of packaging however, is reduced by having these together. They are hoping to introduce a recyclable version of their pouch within the next year - once some clever people help us to crack the little hurdle they are facing with the materials. They faced something of a dilemma when deciding on the packaging for their products. On the one hand the pouches are perfect for kids and babies - squeezy and tactile, while also being the best way to preserve the food naturally without additives or preservatives. But on the other hand they can’t be easily recycled.
Technically, under US law, their packaging is approved as recyclable because when incinerated it produces more energy than is used in production and transportation. But US government agencies define and deal with recycling in different ways so they didn’t feel they could indicate on pack that the product was recyclable. They are currently researching a number of proactive solutions for recycling the pouches outside of traditional channels and will report on their findings.
Why is there a splash of lemon juice in some Ella’s Kitchen products?
Their Smoothie Fruit and Ella's 1 baby food pouches are designed to be as close as possible to something you would make at home. To help us do this they carefully balance their recipes so that they are naturally acidic - gentle enough for little tummies, but hostile to nasty bugs. This reduces the need for lots of heat processing, enabling us to gently pasteurize these products and not to use preservatives, unlike some other branded foods. It’s natural for the acidity of the fruits they use to vary across the seasons, so to ‘re-balance’ this sometimes they may need to add a dash of organic lemon juice to these products. This doesn’t affect the taste; it simply means that they can create healthy, safe and long lasting food for your little ones. Easy-peasy.
Ella's Kitchen beliefs about baby food
At the barn. Ella's Kitchen is very passionate about children’s’ health and nutrition, but never at the expense of taste or convenience. Ella's Kitchen have always worked closely alongside and taken guidance from nutritionists who specialize in children’s diet as well as with other experts, baby food retailers and manufacturers. Most of all they listen to real moms and dads and drawn our inspiration from real kids.
What Drives Ella's Kitchen
As a hands-on dad to Ella and Paddy, Paul know how difficult it can be for parents in balancing what kids have been led to believe they want with what is actually good for them. Although, Paul really couldn’t understand why kids wouldn’t want healthy foods if it was created with them in mind – making food cool with delicious flavors and textures that they will like and want to try.
Ever since the first idea for Ella’s Kitchen baby food came about, Paul's two kids and their friends have always been involved in the process. Kids’ thoughts and ideas have been central to our development and growth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool aged kids (2-5 years old) and adolescents aged 12-19 years, and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years. Frightening.
Now is the time to get on board with your kids! Join us in making food fun and cool to kids so they will have a passion for yummy good for your foods!