In this week’s Friday Dish: we put the 8-piece Start Weaning Kit from Vital Baby through its paces; easy lunchbox labels from Mabel’s Labels and; keep it, chuck it, eat it – how long can you keep foods for?
Vital Baby Start Weaning Kit
If you’re going through the weaning process right now then you’ll appreciate a well-designed product that makes it all just a little easier. This 8-piece Start Weaning Kit from Vital Baby is top of our list of baby products this season. With a bowl and spoon set, a non-spill 1st tumbler cup, two prep ‘n’ go pots, two mini freezer pots (specially shaped to stack easily) and two soft-tip weaning spoons, you’ve pretty much got everything you need.
It’s all BPA-free, top-shelf dishwasher safe as well as being suitable to use in the microwave and steriliser – so that’s easy. I really love the little compartment on the bowl lid where you can store the spoon. It has its own hygienic fold-down cover – perfect for out and about when you want to keep the spoon clean before you use it, and your nappy bag clean afterwards. The trainer cup is just the right size for little hands and has a useful easy grip base for little fingers to hold on to.
As you’d expect from the people who brought us the amazing Unbelievabowl Suction Bowl, the kit is fantastically designed, looks great and is really durable. I’ve put mine through the dishwasher three times this week and it’s come out looking great.
Available in blue or pink from www.vitalbaby.co.uk and from Boots, Mothercare, John Lewis, Toys R Us, Amazon and Ocado and other retailers. RRP: £9.99
Write Away! Peel and Stick Labels – Mabel’s Labels
As a mum I feel I’ve pretty much done it all label wise – iron on, stick on, sew on (badly), attaching tags – they all have their merits. But I was really taken by these peel and stick Write Away Labels from Mabel’s Labels spotted at The Baby Show last month.
You write on the label, peel off the protective backing, seal and stick. Simple, and it means you can write whatever you want, whenever you want i.e. when you’re in a hurry and you haven’t got time to order personalised stickers. I bet most kids would love having a go at writing their own too.
Created by four mums who obviously know a thing or two about kids’ stuff getting lost, the labels are dishwasher and microwave safe, UV resistant and compatible with any permanent marker and they come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can see a demo video of how they work on the Mabel’s Labels website and buy them here in the UK on Amazon. A pack of 60 girls and boys labels featuring bulldozers, sharks, sailboats, butterflies, hearts and princesses is priced at around £26.
Quick tip: Do watch the video! I peeled off the sticker before sealing the name with the protective cover – that didn’t work. Also you need to smooth down the cover as you go to prevent air bubbles. Once you get the hang of it it’s really easy – I made five labels in seconds. Sold!
Keep it, chuck it, eat it?
I confess I’m a little obsessed by use-by and sell-by dates. While I’m not quite as worried as Kate from the Eat Well for Less programme I reviewed earlier this year (she threw food out even before the use-by date because she was so worried about giving her family food poisoning) I do relate to her fears. No one wants sick kids especially if your own cooking is the culprit!
I think it’s the confusion over what’s safe to eat, and when and how long you can keep foods in the fridge or freezer before you need to throw them out. I need expert opinion and reassurance
Which is why I love Still Tasty – a website that gives you the lowdown on what’s safe to eat and what isn’t. Type in the food you’re worried about – it can be a raw food or cooked – and it will tell you how long it will keep in the fridge, freezer, cupboard… you get the drift. I like it so much I often use this website to write my leftover tips for Meals Our Kids Love recipes.
All the information is drawn from multiple and credible sources including the United States Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration. There’s a question and answer section and regular posts on different kinds of foods including 9 Foods that Last Forever and 10 Surprising Foods you can Freeze. My recent favourite – Storing Boxed Chocolates: How long do chocolates last? Well, anyone who knows me and my family knows the answer to that question is: not long at all.
Have a look, see what you think.
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