The Baby Nurse Kitchen is a brand new range of kosher meals created especially for babies. Its founder, Georgia Harari, has over 20 years’ experience as a paediatric nurse and is a maternity/night nurse expert. She has used this knowledge and expertise to create a range of nutritious, balanced and wholesome meals for babies from 4 months up to 1 year.
The idea to create a food range had been something Georgia had been considering for a long time, but with the other areas of her business, and 3 children of her own to look after, it took a while to become a reality. It was only after one particular incident, that she felt that it might actually be achievable.
“My friend’s mother got sick” she explains, “and I helped look after her kids so that she could stay with her mother at the hospital. I made individual portions of food, and pureed them for her baby, and I felt that there could be a way that I could develop this as a business, that could help parents.
With great sadness, my friend’s mother died the next day, but overnight as I thought about it more and more, I felt that her neshama (soul) is what pushed me on to finally do this”.
The range was launched just before Pesach, and is already proving very popular in the local area. It is currently available to buy from KosherNet and Mendy’s in Edgware, with other potential suppliers in the pipe-line. Orders can also be made online via the website and delivered directly to your door. The meals can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months, and will still retain all their nutrients.
Each portion is perfectly balanced with a range of fruit, grains, fresh meat and steamed vegetables. They also include healthy grains such as brown rice, buckwheat, millet, and oats. The whole range is free from gluten, nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat and is GM free, and fruit and vegetables are certified organic. The meals are also suitable for coeliac and reflux babies.
My products are free of preservatives and have no added sugar, so they are as natural as possible, using organic, locally sourced products”.
Georgia worked closely with a leading paediatric dietitian, Abi Faiman, to ensure that the meals created were nutritious and perfectly balanced to include the essential elements required for the development of baby at each key stage of weaning. Each meal offers a complete range and there is no need to add anything else to the meal, making it quick and easy to prepare.
The range offers a variety of meals for key stages of development – 4-6 months, 6-8 months and 9-12 months, and is specific to the needs of that age group in regards to the portion sizes, and the composition of each meal. Within the range, there are tasty options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer the choice of chicken, lamb, turkey, beef or vegetarian served with a range of steamed vegetables. Prices starts at £1.39 for fruit breakfast pot, through to £3.29 for lamb dinner for Stage 3.
All the dishes are prepared by Georgia in her special Baby Nurse Kitchen, overseen by Rabbi Shneebalg of Edgware, with a shomer present at every part of the production. Georgia currently cooks twice a week, working around the other parts of her business, but this may need to be increased once it is rolled out to other shops.
For Georgia, this is very much a family business, and whilst she is responsible for creating the dishes, developing the range and designing the packaging, her husband James has been responsible for the technical side of the operation, including the website, sorting out orders and deliveries.
“He has been amazing in his support, and I don’t think I could have done it without him”.
Georgia has big plans for the range, and hopes to eventually see it on the shelves of national supermarkets and to even be made available at airports, and for children in hospital. The ingredients used mean that whilst it is obviously acceptable for the kosher community, it could also serve the wider public, and would appeal to parents looking for a more healthy and nutritious option to the products currently available to them.
Setting up your own business can be hard, but Georgia believes that the key to making it a success is to be passionate about your idea or product.
“Babies are my world. Giving them the best start in life is very important to me. I have been lucky enough to be able to build a business around something I love doing. For anyone thinking of starting their own business, if you believe in what you are doing, then everything else will fall into place. Don’t be afraid to take the leap, if you have an idea, just go for it!”
If you would like to try something from the Baby Nurse Range readers of the Jewish Weekly can use a special code – TJW10 – which needs to be entered on the check out page on the website. This will entitle you to a 10% discount off of any 5 items.
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