Giveaway alert! One lucky reader will receive a mumi & bubi Solids Starter Kit (TM). Details at the end of the review. ECO-ngratulations Shelley!!!
Have I ever mentioned that my daughter will eat A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G? At 2 years old she’s no longer a baby and eats a healthy variety of foods (along with some not-so-healthy indulgences). She’s always had a healthy appetite and we never had a problem introducing new foods to her. We started introducing solids around 5-6 months (which is later than we introduced solids with her brother) and avoided most of the prepared baby foods. As I did with her brother I felt it was important to feed her homemade baby food, most of which were the pureed versions of what I prepared for the rest of the family.
One of my favorite websites for baby food recipes was Homemade Baby Food Recipes. My go to baby food was mashed avocado – one that both of my children loved. The one challenge I had with making our own baby food was how to store the puree. Most vegetables would yield more than we could eat before it would spoil so I would have to freeze batches of puree. Instead of investing in the popular baby food storage trays I simply used ice cube trays. However, most plastic ice cube trays are loaded with phthalates, pvc, and BPA – that leach toxins into our food. Ice cube trays are bulky and don’t have lids either which can create additional challenges.
I wish mumi & bubi were available in the US back then. mumi & bubi is a New Zealand company that has recently made its way to the US. The mumi & bubi Solid Starter Kit (TM) allows parents a safer alternative to ice cube tray food storage. The Solid Starter Kits (TM) are phthalate free, BPA-free, and PVC free. The square freezer trays come with stackable lids. Each space saving tray holds 21 cubes of puree – each 1 oz in size.
I decided to try using the Solid Starter Kit (TM) at home to store vegetable purees that I would sneak into our family meals. I also used them to freeze chicken stock. The trays were simple to use and constructed from a high quality plastic. They freeze well and wash up well. The cubes easily slide out when frozen. Now – the only challenge that remains is how to store the cubes in my freezer once I remove them from the trays. My current method is either 1) baggies, or 2) plastic storage containers – neither of which are very sustainable or non-toxic. You can keep them in the storage trays but that makes it difficult to reuse them until the cubes are used up.
Buy It! The mumi & bubi Solid Starter Kit (TM) is currently on sale for $25 with free shipping (retail price $29.95).
Win It! One reader will win a complete mumi & bubi Solid Starter Kit (TM). To enter you must visit mumi & bubi and tell me which recipe you would try first if you were the winner. Leave your answer in the comments below as a mandatory requirement for this giveaway. Extra Entries!! Leave a comment for each extra entry.
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Contest is open to US residents over the age of 18 who complete the requirements listed above. The contest will end on April 8, 2011 at midnight (ET). ECO-ngratulations Shelley!
Disclosure: I was provided with a mumi & bubi Solid Starters Kit (TM) for review. All opinions in this post are my own.