If you’re a busy mom of infants or toddlers, you’d probably welcome any little convenience to get through the day. A new Boston-based company Purely Pears delivers freshly prepared organic baby food to your front door. They offered me samples to taste and experience the efficiency of their delivery service. Since my son is beyond toddler, I enlisted the help of my coworker Margaret, an RN at Dana-Farber who is mom to the über-adorable 9-month-old Mayla.
Purely Pears delivers free of charge within a 20-mile radius of Boston and offers two stages. Stage 1 includes apples, pears, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli and peas. Stage 2 offers combinations like apple, sweet potato and nutmeg; peas and cinnamon; and butternut squash, apple and pear. After you place your order, it is freshly made, packed within 24 hours and delivered to your home, office or daycare in an insulated cooler. It can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
After trialing Purely Pears products for a week, Margaret's verdict was in. She was impressed with the overall appearance, noting the bright colors and super smooth textures of the purees. They smelled like real fruits and vegetables, which confirmed their freshness. She felt that the flavors and odors were more authentic than popular store brands. “Mayla loved every one of the flavors! It was also the first time I introduced her to spices and she ate them right up without hesitation.” Margaret said big pluses were the convenience of home delivery and knowing that high quality, fresh ingredients were used without additives.
A lot of food!
Margaret's only negative note was that the container size of 5 oz. was a bit large as Mayla could eat at most half a container at one meal (store baby food is packaged in 2.5-3.5 oz. sizes, which would be more realistic). She had to divide the purees into 2 or 3 oz. containers so that she could refrigerate or freeze them separately and reheat only what was needed. (Margaret emailed the company to check if freezing was ok since the website did not mention this; they replied that the products were good to freeze for up to one month.)
The website offers a 3-day, 7-day or 1-month supply. The 3-day supply includes nine 5-oz. containers for $29, which Margaret noted would realistically last Mayla eight days because she ate about 5-7 oz. per day. She did feel the price was steep; however the home delivery and quality made it more acceptable. Overall Margaret gave highest marks for freshness and that it passed Mayla’s taste-test with flying colors!
I like this concept because it supports exposing infants to great-tasting fruits and vegetables as soon as possible so they have an early positive experience...before they are introduced to cookies and other processed sweets that will win them over. The two most common problems I encounter when counseling the pediatric population is 1) overweight kids and 2) picky eaters, often with produce being the target of dislike. Most commercial jarred baby fruits and veggies don't taste great and pureeing fresh produce can be time-consuming, so Purely Pears might be a nice occasional option if you're on a budget. Also I love that they add spices, a taste that new parents may not think to expose their kids to. Spices and herbs are rich in antioxidants but have distinct and sometimes strong flavors; again, if kids are exposed early, they're more likely to accept them throughout their childhood.
Want to try for yourself? Purely Pears is offering FitMamaEats readers a special discount of a 3-day food supply for $20, which includes delivery. Just use the code FitMama20 at checkout. Another savings option is their Mombassadors program that offers discounts to you and friends that you refer into the program (good idea for moms' groups!).