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#1 Miss Kiwi

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

I have started using those sachet flavourings in some of the meals I cook my almost 1yr old DS.
For example I have used the cottage pie sachet and a chicken casserole sachet. I don't know why but I feel guilty when I use them and are worried that these sachets are not 1yr old baby friendly. He loves them though and they certainly make the meals very tasty.

Is it ok do you think to use these in some meals or am I completely worrying about nothing?

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

What on the ingredients list? Additives and salt content would concern me.

#3 mandala

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

They're usually very salty, and some contain quite a bit of sugar too.

I'm pretty laid back with salt in foods for my baby, especially now he drinks lots of water, but those sachets are too salty even for me and DH!

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

I'd also be concerned about additives and salt content.

When mine was a baby I'd often add finely chopped fresh herbs to her food for a bit of extra flavour, she just loved the variety. Perhaps you could try this?

#5 Miss Kiwi

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 19/01/2013, 08:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What on the ingredients list? Additives and salt content would concern me.


Not sure TBH but I would imagine there is a decent amount of salt. But my son isn't 6mths old he is almost 12mths. They start to eat family food at this age anyway?

#6 Escapin

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

I really wouldn't if you can avoid it. Maybe now is the time to start cooking without them?

#7 jenniferaniston

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

I'd be checking for additives and flavour enhancers too. Flavour enhancers are not good

Edited by jenniferaniston, 19 January 2013 - 07:59 PM.


#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

Those sachets are even too salty for adults IMO. I would u significantly less of the sachet and add water.  How are you cooking with them, are you using the recommended amounts of food with the sachets or are you making a 'baby/child portion'?  I would read the label and then google.

#9 EBeditor

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

Personally I would try to cook a similar recipe from scratch with less salt.

Most casseroles use onion, garlic, stock (you can buy reduced-salt stock cubes), carrot and celery as a starter, then add whatever meat you want along with some flour to thicken it up.

#10 Miss Kiwi

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

QUOTE (EBeditor @ 19/01/2013, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Personally I would try to cook a similar recipe from scratch with less salt.

Most casseroles use onion, garlic, stock (you can buy reduced-salt stock cubes), carrot and celery as a starter, then add whatever meat you want along with some flour to thicken it up.


This is what I did when he was younger its only now that he is older and since everyone says 'ah they eat what you eat now' that I have used these sachets on about 4 occasions.
I will do some reading on the ingredients and will likely revert to what I was doing before, making everything from scratch!

#11 Miss Kiwi

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 19/01/2013, 08:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Those sachets are even too salty for adults IMO. I would u significantly less of the sachet and add water.  How are you cooking with them, are you using the recommended amounts of food with the sachets or are you making a 'baby/child portion'?  I would read the label and then google.


I'm making family size portions as I freeze into child portions. I have been adding more water than specified but was still concerned that even then these sachets might not be a good idea.
When are they ok to use?

#12 marley*and*me

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

I would just avoid them, and I am not talking about for your child but for your entire family. They have way too much salt, sugar and additives.

#13 mandala

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

I'd be comfortable using them once DS is able to effectively communicate that he's thirsty, rather than just asking for a BF or whinging until I finally realise he's after his water cup.

I don't think they're that bad, but I know that they make me thirsty, so why wouldn't they do the same to DS?

#14 zrello

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

I'd say its fine to use them occasionally, they are quick & easy, but wouldn't use them every day.  By one, they can just eat whatever you eat, & If that's what you eat, then just give them more veggies, or make a portion for them with less flavourings.

#15 Miss Kiwi

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

QUOTE (zrello @ 19/01/2013, 09:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd say its fine to use them occasionally, they are quick & easy, but wouldn't use them every day.  By one, they can just eat whatever you eat, & If that's what you eat, then just give them more veggies, or make a portion for them with less flavourings.


The funny thing is I hardly ever cook with these things, but I was trying to vary things up a bit for him. I normally mix the casserole or whatever it is with a heap of mashed veges so the ratio is 50/50.

Edited by Miss Kiwi, 19 January 2013 - 08:21 PM.


#16 EBeditor

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

They are probably OK occasionally, but can have up to half the daily recommended intake of salt, so I'd just give small servings with plain mash or rice or couscous or something.

The ingredient hydrolysed vegetable protein contains MSG, and some children (and adults) react to this.

#17 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

If you're cooking specifically for him, I'd skip the sachets and use herbs, garlic, mustards etc for flavourings. But If it's for the family meal, they should be ok from time to time.

#18 nouseforaname

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

yes watch out for the glutamates.  Flavour enhancers, 600 numbers. and any hydrolyzed vegetable/soy protein, or HVP... all different ways of saying MSG.

As an occasional thing probably not too bad,.but flavouring with fresh herbs and pantry spices would be much better.

#19 unicorn

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

QUOTE (Miss Kiwi @ 19/01/2013, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The funny thing is I hardly ever cook with these things, but I was trying to vary things up a bit for him. I normally mix the casserole or whatever it is with a heap of mashed veges so the ratio is 50/50.

If you don't use them normally I wouldn't bother starting to now, they are usually high is salt and unpronounceable ingredients. Just cook your normal everyday meals and give him some of that.
Giving him a variety if food can be a bonus for you guys too, great opportunity to try new recipes.

#20 2bundles

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

My kids are 8&10 and I wouldn't feed it to them. At 12mths, absolutely not.

Teach the child to enjoy natural favours.

#21 wannabe30

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

I confess to using them for family meals. My DS is two and we've probably been using them with him (occasionally) for 6 or 12 months. I check the ingredients and use the "only buy what I recognise" rule - eg some have ingredients "onion powder, garlic, corn starch, etc" which are all things I recognise. Number and weird things I don't recognise it try to avoid. I also try to avoid ones with high salt and I always add extra vegies.

I agree they are a quick and easy way to make a meal tasty. I think they have their place when you're making dinner in a rush.

#22 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

Every is and then is one thing, but I would definitely not use them on a regular basis. Plus, if you are making an adult meal, then freezing baby sized portions, throw often are you using the frozen portions? I would only be happy with a 12 month having food such as this once every 2-3 months.

It's not difficult to make a casserole from scratch, you just have to add a fe more individual things than,one sachet, but it will be much better for your baby (or older child or adult for that matter).

#23 Miss Kiwi

Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

Thanks everyone. I had forgot I posted on EB where yoghurt and raisins are the devil lol

#24 ~Supernova~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:43 AM

QUOTE (Miss Kiwi @ 20/01/2013, 06:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks everyone. I had forgot I posted on EB where yoghurt and raisins are the devil lol


My kids love both, and eat them regularly. Sachet food flavouring however, IS nasty. I rarely, if ever, use them. They taste like crap too Tounge1.gif It's easy enough to read the ingredients, and make your own herb/spice mix up original.gif

Edited by Mareek, 20 January 2013 - 06:43 AM.


#25 CalEliKat

Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:45 AM

You asked the question and you were answered.  Personally I would not use those type of sachets because in all honesty is is very very simple to make a meal from scratch without all of the chemicals and added salt that those sachets contain.  






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