We were sent these fabulous Pip & Pear products a couple of weeks ago to test out and its safe to say both myself and the small lady are impressed. A bit of background first – Pip & Pear is an Irish brand, created in Waterford by Irene, a Mum of two. The inception of Pip & Pear is clever; Irene started making batches of baby food to serve in the family’s restaurant and people were so impressed the quality the food Pip & Pear was created. They won several awards at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards and have just launched in Aldi and Supervalu stores nationwide. All the products are made in Ireland using Irish chicken, beef and lamb and predominantly organic vegetables.
So I have to say I was SUPER impressed with these products. I tired out the entire range on the small lady who, in theory is a little old for the Stage 1 and 2’s but she loved them all the same. Stage 1 includes three products – Banana Blue, Squashy Potato and Spiced Apple and Pear. There is absolutely nothing in these products other than what you see on the picture on the top of the paper surround – no hidden preservatives or additives to make these last longer. The Spiced Apple and Pear was a big hit in our house – we used it on pancakes on Saturday morning and unfortunately for poor Cara we all had a dig out of the container. They were just divine, honestly. I used the Banana Blue in her Weetabix and also in some natural yoghurt.
Stage 2 has three products designed for lunch or dinner – Chicken Lickin Casserole, Fishy Dishy and Lovely Lentils. I love the lentils one, mainly because its not a food I would normally cook with so it’s great to expose the little lady to a variety of food beyond which I would normally give her. Fishy Dishy went down the best with herself, it really was tasty, the smell was so good I had to have some myself. The amount of food in these containers is fairly substantial. My lady is 14 months now and has a fairly savage appetite but she was well full by the time we got to the bottom of these containers so they are generous portions.Stage 3 again has three products in the range Baby Beef Ragu, Lamb Tagine and Tutti Fruity Chicken Curry. Again these were really generous portions, the small lady couldn’t finish the beef ragu but she did her best. It comes with the cutest pasta shapes – I’m a total sucker for details like that. All three were gobbled down, they were tasty and healthy so a big thumbs up from me!
I think these are really, really great products – Irish made with no rubbish added in. Our small lady is probably gone beyond needing these as she eats everything we eat no (and more!). But if I find myself back in the land of weaning and working these would be brilliant to pop in the shopping basket to have for the days and evening’s when you have nothing prepared and you just want something easy, healthy and nutritious.I also love that the containers are reusable, they are made from BPA plastic so they can be reused to carry your own homemade food around in also, and you can find lots of recipes ideas at the Pip & Pear website. Actually check out their website full stop, there is a wealth of information on weaning, nutrition and food preparation for babies on the website.
The products start at €1.49 for the Stage 1 (there is easily two portions in these but they do have to be eaten within 24 hours of opening), €1.79 for the Stage 2 and €1.99 for the Stage 3 (again for the 10-12 month old there is more than likely two portions in these containers).