As a mother of two school going children, I have started to detest the money-guzzling and waste-producing daily school lunchboxes. My daughters both love squeezy yoghurts, but I recently did the sums and realised that I spend close to a whopping $500 a school year on these throwaway luxuries! So I did some research to find a cheaper alternative, and stumbled across SINCHIES REUSABLE FOOD POUCHES… they have changed my mum-life!
Sinchies reusable food pouches allow me to decant yoghurt into the perfect amount for each child’s lunchbox saving a fortune and also not producing more waste for the bin! I have now gone one step further and started making my own yoghurt which allows me to give my children additive and preservative free food in their school lunchboxes. The pouches can be filled with any healthy liquid food such as yoghurt, jelly, purees or custard. I have since discovered that there are also multiple other uses for these handy reusable pouches, as you can see in the chart below.
Sinchies pouches have a built-in spout that means you don’t need to have a bowl or spoon for your child to eat messy food out and about. This is particularly useful for baby food. In fact you can even purchase special weaning spoon attachments to make life even easier when feeding your little bub!
Alternatively there are Standard lids, Child Safe larger lids and even No Spill lids that are interchangeable with the spouts.
The pouches come in different sizes to suit your needs – from 80ml capacity up to 1 litre. The larger sizes are useful and safe for freezing and storing foods that you make in bulk. Each pouch has a secure ziploc that provides a tight seal. They are free from BPA, Phthalates and PVC.
In the photos below, you can see the standard 80ml food pouches that I use to decant my kids’ favorite custard into a lunchbox suitable size. As the product name so aptly suggests, I find Sinchies to be a sinch to use as well as to clean, and the kids love the novelty of them. The pouches are see-through so you can see exactly what you are eating – which in my 7 year old’s book is vital. You can also write on the outside window what the contents are if you are storing food.
The side spout allows the kids to suck or squeeze out the contents smoothly with no mess. And their small hands can get a good grip on the pouch. I find that very little of the custard remains behind in the pouch – a good result.
The 1 litre pouch with a spout allows you to decant more carefully into the smaller pouches, but you can also use a funnel to do this. Be careful not to pour more than the maximum that is recommended (there is a line to indicate the max), otherwise the contents can make it difficult to seal the pouch tightly. The double ziploc tops ensure a tight seal when the right amount of food is placed inside.
When it comes to cleaning, the pouches are dishwasher safe. But I often simply handwash them, which is very easy. I use a regular dishwashing brush and hot soapy water. The internal part of the pouch has rounded corners so the food bits that get left behind are easy to remove, and I pull the bottom gusset open to be able to reach all corners. The brush fits easily inside and after a few jiggles the pouch is clean. I run hot water through the spout to clean that and then open the bottom gusset and the top ziplock and spread the pouches over the prongs on the drying rack – allowing air to flow into the pouch.
There are special brushes and cleaning products available in the Sinchies range online. The pouches can easily be sterilized for baby food use too.
I have also started using the range of reusable sandwich, snack and wrap bags (new to the collection) and it feels extra good not to be adding to the bin waste but instead reusing them in my kids’ lunchboxes daily. These pouches don’t have spouts – only a ziploc seal along the one side.
Here you can see my environmentally friendly lunchbox with, clockwise:
Snack bags containing carrot sticks, cucumber, salami sticks
Sandwich and Wrap bags
Snack bag with raisins and yoghurt balls
Whether you are inclined to make your own preservative free food, or if you prefer to buy in bulk and decant to save money and go easy on the environment, either approach makes this product a good investment and addition to your family kitchen.
Sinchies are all round a great and handy product to have in your lunchbox arsenal and I thoroughly recommend them.
Check out the Sinchies website for their full range of products and useful ideas for how to maximise the uses of Sinchies.
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