I’ve posted about making my own baby food here and I strongly believe everyone should give it a try—it really is easier than most people think. But I never made all of my daughter’s food and as she’s entered toddlerhood, I find myself buying pouches more and more. She loves pouches, but she only has them as a snack a few times a week and it’s harder to justify making my own purees when they’re not her main source of food.
Once Upon a Farm sent us a variety pack of their pouches to try and they’ve quickly become our favorite. While my daughter has always loved fruit purees, anything containing veggies and grains is dicey, but she loves every single flavor of Once Upon a Farm. That is a big deal because I can’t stand to throw away pouches that she takes one sip of and then refuses—it’s such a waste! My theory is that she likes these so much because they’re so close to the purees I made for her when she was first starting to eat solids. Some of our favorite blends are Carrot-y Coconut-y Quinoa, Wild Rumpus Avocado, and Magic Velvet Mango.
There are a lot of really great organic baby foods out there, but Once Upon a Farm is different—it uses High Pressure Processing (HPP), which is a better way of preserving nutrients, flavors, colors and textures. The ingredients are all organic, most sourced locally to the processing plant. Because of the HPP processing, Once Upon a Farm is refrigerated. At first, I thought this was inconvenient, but how many times do you open a shelf-stable pouch and find brown, oxidized food in the spout? (I always worry that could be mold, even though I know it’s probably fine.) The fact that these pouches are refrigerated means that what’s inside is fresh—and that’s a good thing!