My daughter, the one with Celiac Disease, is a snacking fool. She finishes her lunch every day and immediately asks for a snack. Her favorite thing is yogurt, but she also loves fruit snacks, cheese sticks, snack mix made with Chex cereal, things like that. We go through boxes of yogurt squeezers (that’s what we call them…the long, single-serving tubes of yogurt that come in normal and crazy flavors) in no time, and I find the empty plastic all over the place.
When I was approached about trying the Infantino Fresh-Squeezed system for making your own baby food and putting it into pouches (the ones that everything comes in these days), I knew why I wanted to try it. I had heard of the squeezing/filling station before, but I never wanted to spend money on it because I didn’t think it would be easy to clean and I wasn’t sure it was worth the money. But, I also knew that if I could fill the pouches with yogurt and applesauce, two things that we go through like crazy, and save money and save some plastic waste from going into landfills, AND it was easy to use and clean up, I’d be sold.
We’re past the baby food phase, but we go through disposable pouches ever single day, so I was anxious to try the system. Because not only was I hesitant to spend the money on something I wasn’t sure was worth it, but I also don’t like buying yogurt that tastes like cotton candy or blazing blue RAZberry (you know what I’m talking about).
We also often buy a big tub of yogurt because A) it’s cheaper B) it’s cheaper and C) it’s not blue. But, giving my four- and two-year-olds a bowl of yogurt is a disaster waiting to happen. Heck, giving the two-year-old a yogurt tube is a disaster.
So, when I got the system in the mail, I quickly scanned the directions and got to filling the pouches. It took some trial and error for me to make the least amount of mess possible, but when I was done, I cleaned up and had eight 4 oz pouches of natural vanilla yogurt (one of which was immediately drained by my daughter). She calls them “applesauce yogurt” because they look like yogurt in the applesauce pouches that we buy.
When I was at Aldi (my go-to store for milk, produce, and dairy, at the least), I priced the yogurt…both a 32 oz tub of yogurt and an 8 pack of tubes were $1.99 (both store brand). BUT. The tubes are only 2.25 oz each, so you’re getting half as much yogurt as in the tub.
Plus, there’s a lot less waste. Technically, the box of squeeze pouches says not the reuse them (there is a silicone one that says it’s reusable). I won’t encourage reuse of them, but I am a person that reuses plastic silverware until it breaks (don’t judge…the adults use metal but we do have four kids. Ahem.) and I found the pouches are really easy to clean by soaking them in soapy water and then rinsing them out several times with hot water. In fact, that’s how I clean the whole system after using it, and it’s really easy. (It’s all dishwasher-safe, too, though.)
So yes, I’m still figuring out how to not make a mess, but I’m getting better. It IS absolutely worth it to me to save money on snacks my kids LOVE, and be able to easily pack them for lunches and trips or throw them into the refrigerator. AND give them to the kids without worrying about them making a mess. I can handle my messes….theirs are WAY WORSE.
And all I’ve tried so far is a few tubs of yogurt, but you can also fill them with applesauce, yogurt blends, smoothies, pretty much anything you see in ready-to-eat (and pricey) pouches in grocery stores these days (but made by YOU so you know exactly what goes in them).
In conclusion, there is a little bit of a learning curve with the system, but I’ll continue to happily use it and I’m really glad I got the chance to try it. AND, I’m giving the whole system to one of you lucky readers!
One reader will receive the system, valued at around $70 and including the following:
- Squeeze Station – 3 Pouch Press unit with (10) starter Squeeze Pouches
- 50-pack Squeeze Pouches – Plenty of pouches for those lunchboxes
- Keeper Squeeze Pouch – Offers an additional way to fill-and-go in an easy-to-clean, soft silicone container
- Peppy Puree – Quickly blends soft fruits and steamed veggies
- Couple a Spoons™ – Spoons that attach easily to Squeeze Pouches for mess-free feeding – $3.99
There are also other accessories available to make it even easier to make your own baby food and snack pouches, like a masher, funnel, stay-cool bag, and freezer sleeve for organizing the pouches in the freezer.
To enter, use the rafflecoptor below. Giveaway will end at 9 PM Central, Sunday, October 13th. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their information, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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