“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Eating & Drinking „
When David started weaning I had a fabbie mini blender that had a built in baby feeding pot, I didn't need to buy any bowls for him until he was around twelve months old and eating lumpier food that didn't need blending. Even then I didn't set out to buy him specific bowls - he ended up with Tesco Value bowls by default, after I bought them for a party and realised they'd be perfect now he was out of the blender phase. They cost me, ahem, 50p for six bowls although the usual price is £1, which I think is still amazingly cheap. They're not character endorsed and don't feel as smooth in my hand as a Tommee Tippee bowl, but at such a bargainous price who cares?! At nineteen months old David couldn't care less if his bowl features Peppa Pig or not, he isn't bothered about the thin plastic or the fact that they're a pretty uncomfortable shape to hold - as long as the food keeps coming his way I doubt he really gives a damn what it's served in! The bowls are the perfect size for a very little persons dinner; they were too small for the party food (other than one that was used for a garlic mayo dip) but up to now have been ideal for David-sized portions of food, I say up to now as unfortunately in the past week his appetite has outgrown the capacity of bowls. I'd fed him from one of our much larger cereal bowls and noticed that he ate a much bigger piece of cheese and potato pie than usual, what he ate that day visibly wouldn't have fitted inside one of these Value bowls so I realised I needed to switch. I still use them on the day David has pudding as obviously he'll only have a very small amount of sweet food, or sometimes if I flavour some natural yogurt with fruit I'll tip it into one of these bowls. Or another bowl, whatever is to hand really! It shouldn't affect your purchase decision too much if I tell you my bowls are red and yellow as that'll probably be the colours you get too - there isn't much variety in the Tesco Value bowl range! I got three of each colour and although neither are particularly inspired shades they're not gender specific in the slightest, making these mega cheap bowls suitable for just about anyone. The only complaint I have about the bowls is that the bottoms are incredibly slippy, I've learned (through several messy accidents) to keep one hand on the bowl as I'm serving food into it as the slightest knock with a ladle will have the bowl skidding across the worktop. The same is true when David attempts to feed himself, the bowl slides across his highchair tray every time he dips his spoon into it which he finds both frustrating and amusing in equal measure. I recommend these for the price. They're throwaway bowls, they've lasted pretty well but this is with irregular use - the one my older daughter claimed for herself (and 'named' with nail varnish on the bottom) was used daily and although the soup she likes stained the plastic the actual dish itself survived for a good five months. Considering the plastic is extremely thin this is very impressive, we do our washing up by hand so I'm unsure whether they're dishwasher safe but cleaning them in the bowl is no problem at all - just make sure you rinse them thoroughly as something about this plastic retains both the scent and taste of washing up liquid.
> We have a Tesco Extra superstore near us, one of those massive stores that basically sells everything you could ever want, including the kitchen skin and that are very fun to browse around as you can really pick up some bargains. The home wares section is one of my favourite departments and it was here that I found these great soup bowls. I don't know about you but in our house we have the good china that really only comes out when the in-laws are over and then we have our everyday plates. These have seen better days. There are one or two plates/bowls missing as they have been broken over the years and then there are various plates/bowls which have little chips or cracks in them. It was about time to replace the set but I didn't want to spend a fortune so was pleased to find these. I like quite plain, classic bowls and these fit the bill perfectly. They are a classic white colour so look very elegant and classy, not like some bowls you can buy here that give away their cheapness with sloppy designs or patterns on them that are not very nice. They are from the Tesco's Finest range and are made of a high quality porcelain. The bowls are quite light but sturdy enough to stand up to everyday use. So far so good and we have not had any chips but who knows, in a few years these will probably need replacing too. However, at just £7.84 for a pack of 4 bowls you really can afford to drop one or two and have to replace them. I bought two packs so we have 8 bowls just so I can have some spares. What I really like about these bowls is that they are quite deep and will hold a full can of soup although I do use them for lots of other foods too such as nice big bowls of pasta and bowls of cereal. They also have quite a wide rim around the whole edge of the bowl so if you are having soup you can rest your bread or spoon on this rim. The bowls are microwaveable and dishwasher proof too and so far have proved to be a set of cheap but well made, reliable bowls.
I bought these for my daughter christening last year just to put things like crisps and nibbles in to pad out the catering a little. The bowls are from Tesco obviously and they come in a pack of 25 plates for £1.44. The bowls are packaged in see through thin plastic which has to be torn to open it, the usual Tesco value sign is on the front in red, white and blue and it is obvious what brand they are from. The bowls are white in colour and 16cms, they are not very deep but they held blocks of cheese, chicken nuggets and crisps wirthout any issues, the edges of the bowls are fluted which makes them a little more attractive than if they were plain. The bowls were strong enough to hold onto food without any issues apart from with the pickled onions which we hadn't thought about before hand but since they are paper bowls and the pickles are wet they did weaken the bowls but we overcame this by putting three bowls together and the moisture didn't go through the three together. The bowls are quite small and fit inbetween platters of food easily so didn't take up much extra room on the catering table. I think these bowls are great value, they held onto the food perfectly and I wouldn't pay out more for paper bowls are there is no need to although in future I would buy a pack of foam or plastic bowls to use for wet foods.
Babies are expensive, we all know that. True bargains are hard to come by right? Well, I may just have found one here. Some of the big baby brands charge the earth for one bowl, when in truth all it actually needs to do is hold baby food and be microwave and dishwasher safe as a bonus. These bowls have it all, including a fantastic price tag! Let me explain. I have twins. Weaning was pretty scary to start with. Do you feed them from one bowl or two? Should they share spoons? What if they don't like the same foods? Most of the problems I come across because there are two of them are in fact very easy to solve. I decided that I wanted them to eat from different bowls so I could see who had had what. Of course they shouldn't share spoons (often anyway!), I mean, would you want to share snot and dribble with your brother?! So, two babies, two bowls. For each meal. That's six bowls a day if I don't wash them by hand. I like to wash them in the dishwasher to sterilise them most of the time. Then they started having pudding too. So many bowls!!! That's where Tesco came in. I was shopping for baby food storage for the freezer when I came across a pack of 'Value' bowls. A pack of six, brightly coloured, transparent plastic food bowls of a sensible size and with a very sensible price tag- £1. Yes, really £1- for SIX bowls!!! On closer inspection I found them to be dishwasher and microwave safe- bonus! They haven't stained or gone cloudy and they hold the perfect amount of food for two hungry 7 month old boys. They may not hold enough in a few months time, but for now, they are fantastic. Needless to say, I bought two more packs! I cannot recommend this bargain highly enough!