How do I know your products are safe?
We would always advise our customers to check any packaged food before giving it to their child to ensure that neither the packaging nor the product inside has become compromised. For pouches, we recommend the following:
- Inspect the pouch to ensure that there is no damage or food on the outside (which could be a sign that it has been damaged).
- If the pouch is inflated, do not open or feed to your child. Discard and email us with your experience.
- When opening a pouch, ensure that there is some resistance and a click as the tamper-proof seal on the cap is broken.
Are Baby Gourmet products made in a facility that may come into contact with nuts, dairy or wheat?
The facilities where Baby Gourmet is made are completely nut-free.
Our multiple facilities do handle products with dairy and gluten. However, there are rigorous allergen cleaning and testing protocols used after each production run. Allergens are stored in a segregated area in the facility.
Is it safe to freeze Baby Gourmet?
Yes, this product can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw the product in the fridge and “massage” the pouch prior to serving to ensure the best texture.
Once opened, we recommend storing in the fridge and using within 24 hours for optimal freshness.
Are your pouches recyclable?
The caps are 100% recyclable. However, the foil packaging is not yet recyclable. We are looking at other options for future products.
Why don’t your protein purées come in the handheld squeezable pouch?
We pair veggies with fruit to control the pH level, which allows us to flash pasteurize rather than high-temperature cook in our resealable pouch.
Low-acid ingredients such as vegetables and meat cannot be processed in our resealable pouch and go through a completely different packaging process.
We also feel these meals taste best when lightly warmed. We suggest removing the purée from the pouch and heating in a bowl.
Can I pack Baby Gourmet in my check-in luggage? Are they perishable?
Our pouches are completely safe for air travel – portability is one of our key attributes! They are not perishable due to the flash pasteurization process (without preservatives) the product goes through.
You can also carry baby food on the plane during travel, as it is one of the only approved liquids for carry-on travel. Nothing is easier than twisting off a cap and serving directly from the pouch during a flight.
What keeps your baby food "good" if your products are preservative and additive-free?
Everything is listed on our pouches – there are no hidden ingredients, preservatives or additives.
All of our fruit products are processed to optimize safety, flavour and nutrients. After blending our fruit, we adjust the pH (acidity) of the fruit with lemon juice so that microorganisms like bacteria cannot grow. Then we pasteurize the purée by carefully heating the fruit for a specific time and temperature.
Our next steps are hermetically sealing the fruit mixture into a pouch and a second pasteurization to ensure the fruit, pouch and cap are free of bacteria. Using these processing steps: 1) gentle heating b) a hermetically sealed pouch and c) natural acids – we are able to deliver the freshest tasting product without artificial preservatives, anti-microbial chemicals or BHT.
Some of our products contain ascorbic acid, which is actually vitamin C. This naturally occurring acid is used to control pH levels the same as lemon juice does.
Is Baby Gourmet GMO-free?
Yes. Organic foods never contain GMOs (genetically modified ingredients), artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, trans fats, or high-fructose corn syrup.
Our products are 100% organic and labeled USDA Organic and Canada Organic. This is the easiest way to avoid genetically modified ingredients.
Can your baby cereal be made with water?
Yes. However, we do recommend mixing with breast milk or formula for extra nutrients and a creamier consistency.
When can I start giving my baby your cereal?
It really depends – each baby is different. Around the 4-month mark, they will start showing signs of wanting to be part of the family meal. If your baby does not seem to be satisfied with only breast milk/formula, they are sitting upright, seems interested and is showing signs of smacking their gums, they could be ready. The range is typically 4 to 6 months when baby shows these signs.