Earlier this week I received the cutest chilled hamper of goodies from Pip & Pear for Frankie to review. In it we received nine different flavours such as Baby Beef Ragu, Chicken Lickin Casserole and Squashy Potato. The textures ranged from stage one (5+ months) to stage three (10+ months).
I love the story behind this Irish owned business. Pip and Pear was born when working mum of two Irene struggled to find a healthy alternative to her home cooking. Like myself she could only find heavily processed long shelf life pouches and jars. After many late nights in her restaurant ‘No.9 Barronstrand St’ she began refining recipes and soon had a dedicated baby menu with customers travelling from all over the South to stock up on her delicious homemade meals for their babies. Since being encouraged by her loyal customers she then entered the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards and walked away with three awards for her nutritious homemade meals. Irene then made a huge decision to bring a full range of products to the market to help parents who want to only their babies the best.
We tucked right in and tried the Tutti Frutti Chicken Curry that afternoon. This meal was by far his favourite, he absolutely devoured it and I hate to say it but I think he may like it a little more than my own homemade curry!
For dessert he (we) had the 5+ months Spiced Apple and Pear. I’d say Frankie got a couple of spoon because we were all fighting over the spoon. This stuff is amazing and will be a regular purchase for our household. I’d say it would be amazing mixed with granola for brekkie. We also tucked into the 5+ months pot of ‘Banana Blue’, it’s not as amazing as the spiced apple but still very yummy.
For lunch yesterday he had the Lovely Lentils, again the pot was left empty and for dinner he had the Fishy Dishy. I don’t eat fish myself so it’s not something I would cook regularly so I wasn’t too sure if he would like it. After a couple of unsuccessful spoons he soon devoured the whole pot. Frankie has a huge appetite so I’d love to see this dish in the larger stage three pots for babies too.
I don’t buy ready made meals so when I heard these were fresh, chilled and organic I was very intrigued. Overall I’m very happy with our experience with Pip & Pear so far, their meals are nutritious and delicious and little man had a stuffed belly. They smell yummy and look just like my own home cooking too. I would highly recommend Pip & Pear as a healthy guilt free alternative to home cooking for those busy days.
12 Reason why you should try Pip & Pear:
- All Pip & Pears meat is Bord Bia Approved and fully traceable.
- All products are dairy free, except one dish ‘Fishy Dishy’.
- All meals can be served warm or cold.
- They are suitable for home freezing.
- The packaging in 100% recyclable and BPA free.
- You can reuse the pots for your own home cooking or repurpose them as storage pots.
- All dishes are gluten free and coeliac friendly.
- All meals contain two of your babies five-a-day fruit and veg.
- There is no added sugar, salt or preservatives.
- All fruit and vegetables are organic.
- They have won three Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.
- 50% of the ingredients in Pip & Pear products are from Irish suppliers.
Pip & Pear have a full range of nine products launching TODAY in Aldi stores nationwide. You can find Pip & Pear chilled in the fridge with the fresh food.
For more information check out www.pipandpear.ie or check out their Facebook page.