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Reusable Food Pouches: Sinchies Review
Today I’m partnering up with Sinchies to share with you their awesome food pouches. I use reusable food pouches every day with my boys and I’ve tried almost every one on the market. They are fabulous for saving money and knowing exactly what is going into your kids (or your own) tummies. I really love Sinchies and today I’ll share why.
Why choose reusable food pouches?
For me, the two main reasons I choose to use reusable food pouches is that I know what goes into them and it saves money. I’m not opposed to the prepackaged fruit you can buy in pouches, but at $2 a pop they do get pretty pricey.
I also have boys with dairy allergies so I can package up all sorts of dairy free goodness in them and they can still enjoy the fun and ease of a pouch. When you make your own food the variety is endless. You can make almost anything and keep them ready to go in the fridge or freezer. Plus you know exactly what’s inside.
As well as the reusable squeezy food pouches, Sinchies also stocks reusable sandwich bags and wrap bags as well as reusable snack bags and even iceblock bags!
Using Sinchies reusable food pouches
I started off by testing them out on smoothies. The first thing I noticed was that they stay standing up if you open out the bottom. So clever and makes filling them super easy. The trick is to make sure you open them out completely or they won’t hold the full volume.
They came with a big 1L bag, and I initially wondered what in the world I would do with it. I then noticed that it was conveniently labelled “use me as a filling accessory”… genius! I tipped my full smoothy mix straight from the blender and into the big sinchie pouch, sealed it up and used it to fill the smaller ones. No fiddling with funnels and mess.
Not only are they super easy to use but they are a “sinch” to clean! They can go in the dishwasher (I just spread them open over the cup rungs so the water gets up inside) or they are quick to handwash.
Reusable food pouches also last AGES. I still have ones I bought when my older son was little and they are going strong 4 years later and after countless uses.
For something that last so long and can save you so much money you might expect them to be expensive. Nope, not at all! You can get a 20 pack of sinchies food pouches from just $19.95, that’s less that $1 a bag. I know we could easily go through $20 worth of non reusable fruit pouches or smoothies in a week so they easily pay for themselves.
How many pouches do I need?
When my son was mostly on pureed food I liked to have a stock of around 15-20 pouches. This was enough to have around 10-12 ready to go in the freezer and others being cleaned and ready to refill. I found that the 140ml and 200ml pouches were the best size. The 80ml pouches are also excellent for storing breastmilk if you are expressing.
For those with babies eating mostly pureed foods I’d recommend getting the following as a starter set:
- 1 x Sinchies Mixed Pack 5 x 80ml, 5 x 200ml, 1 x 1 litre
- 1 x Sinchies 140ml Reusable Food Pouches Pack of 10
- 1 x Pack of 2 reusable baby food weaning pouch spoons
- 2 x Sets or 3 Child Safe Anti-Choke Lids
- Drying rack
- Sinchies eBook – Starting out with Sinchies
You can find them all in the Sinchies online store.
This collection will set you up for making and storing your own food for the pureed and mashed stage and continue to be useful for smoothies, sauces and more for years to come.
If your kids are older and you’ll be using them for smoothies I would recommend starting out 10 or so bags and also getting some of the sandwich and snack pouches. The Little Kids Lunchbox Kit available in the online store would be ideal as a starting set for someone with older kids (or even for grown ups!) Grab a copy of the “Cut out the crap for kids” book and the Sinchies Lunch box recipe cards too.
As well as using them for liquids or pureed fruit, sinchies pouches are great for a whole range of purposes. Make trail mixes and store them in the reusable snack bags, take your own milk with you (essential when you’ve got kids with allergies), store salad dressings in the mini bags or even use them to package cereal and milk for breakfast on the run.
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Later this week I will share with you 20 fabulous uses for reusable food pouches and bags, so stay tuned!
Do you use reusable food pouches? What do you make?