“ Brand: Boots / Type: Storage Bags & Containers „
With my first child I went to weaning classes and they suggested getting these tubs to store and freezer pureed food in. I purchased a pack of the 1oz pots enclosed is 8 pots for £2.99. There is also a larger version of these pots - 3oz; a pack of 4 is £2.99. The pots are round, clear and about 1.5cm deep with a yellow push on lid. The lids fit on snug so no chance of leakage. The lid tops are flat and I used to use a semi-permanent pen to write on them what they were, but I did have to write really small. I used to put pureed fruit and veg in these tubs and freeze them. You can get approximately 3 teaspoon full in there which was ideal for early days of weaning. I did find these were redundant when my little boy started eating more so probably only used these for a couple of months so I can see the benefit of larger pots. The pots were easy to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher. But I did find in the dishwasher I had to put them in the cutlery tray otherwise the washed around and end up in a random place. I still have these pots and 2 years on I will be using these for my second child because they are still in excellent condition. I have since seen these available in the pound shop (10 x £1). They looked identical so not sure these are particularly good value. I would recommend this style of pots but maybe try the cheaper ones.
When I first started weaning my son I wanted something small enough to put fruit puree in, as I had a glut of apples and pears from the garden and I also wanted something that was freezer friendly. I bought these pots in a pack of 8 and I remember them being on a 3 for 2 deal at the time, which was 2.5 years ago now. They can currently (August 2013) be purchased from Boots for £2.99 for a pack of eight. They come in 1oz and 3oz sizes and have green or yellow lids and the plastic the actual pot is made of is opaque white. They are easy to store as they stack up but the lids always seem seemed to get lost when put Tupperware/plastic container drawer, so in the end I would put the lids on them when they were not in use. They were easy to clean as well. Like I said I only used these pots for fruit purees and although they were very small they were plenty big enough for my needs. I would sometimes add the fruit to rice pudding or just feed it straight to my son as a pudding. They would not be big enough for a main meal for a weaning baby. I found, after trial and error that it was best not to over fill them, I would add hot fruit puree to them and then let them cool before putting the lids on and freezing, mostly the lids would stay in place, though I had a few instances where the lid came off in freezing and spoiled the puree. After my son was fully weaned I started to use the pots to put raisins in as a snack when we were out and about and I found them to be very handy. We no longer really use them, though I did find a few left at the back of the drawer a while back and I used them to put herbs and spices in for our camping trip. Overall I would say that these pots have been very useful, they are not the best as they did sometimes leak, but overall they served their purpose and have lasted a really long time.
Back when I was on maternity leave I wanted to make sure that my weaning baby had as much home cooked food as possible. Not only is it (in my eyes) healthier to have food minus additives and preservatives which has been in a jar or tin for some time, it's also a lot cheaper. To that end, I purchased Boots Freezer Pots from my local mid sized branch of Boots in Altrincham for storing, transporting and freezing portions of food and snacks. The Boots Freezer Pots come in a set of four 3oz transparent round pots, each with a different primary colour lid (mine are yellow, a darkish blue, green and red, though I have seen other variations). They're just the right size for a portion of food from say 6 months to 18 months (after that my little girl went to bigger portions so we went to a bigger lunch box and kept these for little snacks like raisins, dried apricots and sliced apples and strawberries when on the move). I find that as fridge and dry food storage they are very good but for me the plastic is a bit too flimsy for them to be decent freezer pots as when you are defrosting the food in the microwave, even without it being hot in there as such, or when you are warming something like left over rice pudding through, that the plastic can feel a bit thin and flimsy and though you never heat a child's dinner to the point that it would ever burn your hand it does feel a bit inadequate for the task. I actually paid under £1 for four lidded pots from Home Bargains which are much more durable so for that reason I can't really give them more than three stars out of five. For transporting dry foods and fruits / cold snacks on the go they are brilliant for popping in the changing bag and for storing left overs in the fridge, then they're OK but when it comes to heating them up the plastic just doesn't seem to hold up. They've lasted about 18 months so for the money you can't really complain but personally I do think you can get better storage pots for children that are unbranded and cheaper.
I bought these Boots freezer pots a few months ago when I was in the depth of weaning my little boy but in all honesty I didn't find them that useful as they are so small. When weaning its always very handy to have lots of storage pots around to freezer and store the masses of carrots and sweet potato that you cook. It's amazing how much purée two carrots or one sweet potato produces!! Usually I love Boots for all their baby products and was pleased to find these pots in there. I did note that they were small when I bought them but I didn't think they were as small as they were until I started to use them. I bought them when I was just beginning to wean my little boy so he was only eating little portions at this point. However, he has always had quite a big appetite and ate way more than my little girl ever did. I thought that one or two of these little pots would be enough for one sitting but he ended up eating way more than that so in reality these pots were never really useful to use. I could have just frozen more purée in bigger pots to begin with. The pots hold just 30g or 1oz of food. There is a little plastic line on the side of the pot to indicate when you have filled it up to this level and its better to just fill it up to here so you don't have an overfill or any spillage. One tablespoon of pureed food will fill these pots and then thats it so you really need quite a few if you want to freeze a lot of food. Luckily the pots do come in a pack of eight with four see through green lids and four see through yellow lids. In my experience the lids don't fit on these pots amazingly well unfortunately. They sort of snap on but do not snap shut like a tupperware or a Tommee Tippe lid would. I never had a problem with spillage but I never felt quite confident with them ie, I felt if I dropped one I wasn't sure whether it would make the lid come off and spill food everywhere. With better pots I had, I used to put these in a lunchbag straight from the freezer in the morning if we went out for the day and it would be defrosted by lunch but I never did that with these as I didn't think they would hold together being rattled around in a lunch bag all day. The pots have a couple of pluses, they are microwave proof and each one has little ridges on the top and bottom meaning you can stack them on top of each other in the freezer or when you have put them away meaning you can save space. They are cheap as well, I think the pack of eight cost me less than £5 which is good value. However, the disadvantages definitely outweigh the advantages in my opinion. These pots aren't really useful as snack pots either as they would probably only hold about two grapes! You might get away with storing raisins in them but the way my kids eat them they'd be gone in a minute or too. All in all I think these pots are ok for stage 1 weaning but they don't last for long and so have a very limited shelf life in my opinion.
These little freezer pots where a purchase I made when weaning my first son I have since used them for storing small items. The pots come in various sizes you can buy 8 pots that are 1 ounces for £2.99 or a pack containing 4 3 ounces pots for £3.49 I personally have the 3 ounce pots so the review will focus on these. The pots are made from plastic and come with lids, the plastic is a little bit on the flimsy side I think and are certainly not as thick to the touch as some Tupperware pots I have. The thinness of the plastic I think comes to the fore when you use them to reheat things when they seem to bend slightly to the touch and you do have to be careful taking them out of the microwave as the plastic is so flimsy it is easy to spill the contents out. The pots are also suitable for use in the freezer and I have never had any problems using them in the freezer and the lids have remained in place well. If I have decanted any amounts from the pots into bags for ease of freezing the small meals come out very easily with a bit of a tweak of the plastic. I personally don't use them in the dishwasher as the pots don't claim to be suitable for it, they are nice and easy to clean by hand and fit nicely into a steriliser if you wish to clean them that way too. The lids I find to be a nice snug fit to the pots and these have never popped out when I have been taking them out and about on day trips. As they do fit so well once my son moved on from the puree stage and would want snacks whilst out I have used them to take snacks out with us such as raisins, breadsticks and the like and again the lids have remained fixed in place. I think one of the great thing about these pots is that they can be versatile and used to store many things in them indeed one of our pots now stores the small balls from our hungry frogs game. Overall these are great little pots to use whilst weaning they store food well and the lids provide a good snug fit to keep the contents from spilling whilst in a bag whilst out. My only concern is how flimsy they are when re heating and because of this I would often decant them into another bowl to reheat at home so if you are using these repeated whilst out they may not be good enough for you as they may permanently warp in the long run but if you use them purely for storage and freezing they are great. They get 3 stars from me as there are cheaper pots out there of similar quality and because of the flimsy quality they have on reheating.
The Boots range of small storage pots you can buy are very handy for use when weaning. The Boots freezer pots we had come as either a set of 1 oz or 3 oz pots. We found them handy for use when making up all kinds of baby food items and so would recommend them. Once you have finished using the Boots Freezer Pots for the children you can still use them at home for storing herbs, spices, etc and they can even be used to store craft items like glitter and stick ons in too. The Boots Freezer Pots are reasonably priced and long lasting in use. They are easy to clean and store and worth looking in to. ********************************************************** The smaller 1 oz pots come as a set of 8 pots in a set. You will pay around £3.49 for these, which works out as around 44p per pot. One thing I have to say is that these are teeny! They hold a miniscule mouse like amount of anything, although we knew that when we got them. They are a simple frosted/ opaque pot with a semi clear but coloured lid, they have a kind of indented side bit to them which is not shown here. If using these to freeze things rather than just store in the fridge you are best using these all set up on a small plastic tray that you can place them all on uncapped and then put the whole kit and kaboodle into the freezer for a short while. Once almost frozen, pop the lids on and place them stacked in the freezer without the tray. This will make for quicker more even freezing and easy storage and will stop the lids from popping off during freezing too. ********************************************************** The larger Boots Freezer Pots are the 3 oz once and these are exactly the same, just a bit bigger. Even though I say these are larger they are still small but they need to be as they were bought to store small amounts of food in not a full adult sized meal. The style and shape is fine and the lids do go on well, as long as when freezing you follow the instructions above. You get 4 of these for the same £3.49. Our Boots Freezer Pots could be filled with all sorts of nice baby friendly goodies. The very small pots can be used when making up nice tasty gravies and a small amount of that can be placed into each pot to about 3/4 full. This can then be used to mix into some mashed potato/ veg. We also used these small pots to store fruit puree in, as we found that making up batches of these to store in the freezer meant we always had something to mix in with baby rice to give a bit more variety. ********************************************************** The lager pots can be used to store mashed potato and mash and veg mixes, which were perfect to use with the small pots of gravy mix. They can also store small soft pasta shapes with a light sauce and then be easily reheated when needed. We found the larger pots were very handy in this way and the combination of the two sizes gave just enough of a baby sized meal to satisfy. The pots can be sterilised in cold water if needed so that they are nice and safe to use with your child and we found them to be very handy. I would give the pots a 4 star rating as you can buy similar small pots almost anywhere that will do the same thing, but are not marked up as a baby/ child care item. They do work well and can be a very helpful and efficient way to store batches of home made baby meals.