If you have a baby or toddler I'm sure you've seen those cute little food pouches they sell. Bacon Bit loves them! And so do I. They are quite handy when we are in the van traveling or out and about. Just twist off the top and hand it over. Bacon Bit can drain one in under a minute I believe, I'm not complaining since he gets a dose of fruit in his diet. He still prefers mostly veggies and that's ok too!
There happen to be a few problems with those cute pouches that I'm not overjoyed with however. The biggest is the cost, for a 3-4 ounce pouch of baby pureed food costs between $1.35-$3! Not quite budget friendly. But I have to admit even convenience of them has over ruled our budget a few times. I was talking to another mom with a toddler the same age as Bacon Bit saying how I wish they made something re-usable like the pouches. Especially since I have a whole tote full of baby food that was given to us that needs to be used up and Bacon Bit makes a HUGE mess with a spoon and bowl of sauce. She told me that she simply refills them. I have to admit I had my doubts of messes trying to refill the darn pouch, but she told me to just try it. So I did and I was happily surprised! Want to refill your own pouches? Here's how!
empty baby food pouch with cap
medicine syringe (bigger the better!)
baby food sauce or any kind of pureed sauce
First take your pouch and rinse it out. I held mine under the water and let it fill up a few times. You can even add a small drop of dish soap to it. Once it's filled I hold my finger over the opening and give the pouch a few shakes really good. Repeat this a few times until the water runs clear.
Next flatten out your pouch. Make sure there is no air in it. If there is, I was told when you go to fill it, the puree will spray out of the pouch making a bigger mess!
Now take your syringe and fill it full of your puree. Hold it over the opening and squeeze the sauce inside. Repeat until you filled up the pouch. It's just that simple!
Now I'm not sure how many times you can refill the pouch, but even if you refill it a few times before tossing it will save you money. And time wise I am able to refill a pouch in less than 2 minutes. So not bad at all. I'm so happy my friend shared this tip with me! I hope it helps some of you too.