Kai Carrier Tips and Tricks
What are Kai Carrier Pouches?
Kai Carrier are reusable pouches that can be filled with the healthy nutritious food or snacks of your choice. They are a convenient easy way of feeding you and your little ones snacks or meals, either on the go or at home. They have a sturdy zip-lock design and are made of durable clear BPA free plastic. Kai Carrier are perfect for parents who want to know exactly what their children are eating and at the same time reduce their carbon footprint.
What can I put in my Kai Carrier?
Our range of pouches can be filled with just about anything!
140ml – puree any combination of fruit, vegetables, meat, legumes, poultry grain or dairy. Great for busy babies starting out on the solid food journey. This size is also perfect for smoothies and yoghurts for the kindy and school lunch box.
300ml – Adult or big kid size! Great for smoothies on the go (especially for growing teenagers busy with afterschool sports and activities) or single servings of soup. Freeze left over coconut cream, tomato puree, pasta sauces or those homemade pestos and dips.
800ml – the largest pouch in our range. Store homemade stock, soups or sauces or your dried goods. Great for storing wet facecloths for those sticky hands during picnics or days out
Snack Packs – store healthy snacks including crackers, scroggin or raisins. Fill with toddler meals such as spaghetti bolognaise or macaroni cheese and freeze for quick and easy dinner ideas. Perfect for school and kindy lunchboxes
Ice Block Pouches – make homemade ice blocks and ice creams minus the sugar and additives. Designed to prevent drips and spills the ice block pouch is a must have for the hot summer months
Sandwich Bags – no more need for gladwrap! Our sandwich bags have been designed to comfortably fit four slices of bread so can easily be used for the adults packed lunch too.
How do I fill my Kai Carrier?
At first your Kai Carrier may be a bit stiff, but once you have opened the gusset (wide bottom bit of pouch that expands it) your Kai Carrier should stand by itself to make filling them easy. Use a large spoon to push gusset open or blow air through the spout to expand the pouch.
Ensure the cap is on securely and you are ready to fill your pouches
Use a funnel or pouring jug to fill the pouches via the open ziplock
Fill about ¾ full, or just below spout level as this will allow for expansion when freezing and prevent the pouch contents overflowing and getting stuck in the ziplock when you seal it
Seal ziplock and you are ready to go!
Ensure that the consistency of the food is no thinner than apple sauce and make your purees thicker for those little ones inclined to squeeze the pouches! This will help prevent any unwanted spills.
How do I clean my Kai Carrier?
Our pouches have been designed using clear BPA free plastic so that you are able to see if any food is left in them. We believe this is an important design feature and will help ensure you are able to clean the pouches effectively and reduce the chance of contracting any food related illnesses.
Kai Carrier pouches are dishwasher safe (top rack), but can also be effectively cleaned by hand or with one of our scrubbing brushes. Our brushes are rounded at the ends to help get into all the corners. Push brush into the pouch and use a twisting motion. The brushes also come with a small brush (located in base) which is the perfect size for thoroughly cleaning the spout.
If food is caked on fill pouches with warm soapy water and allow to soak until food softens and can be washed away.
We recommend rinsing pouches prior to placing over the prongs on the top rack of the dishwasher to remove any excess food.
Ensure that all food is removed from the zip lock as this may impact on how well they seal next time you use them.
Kai Carrier holds no responsibility for any health issue or otherwise that may arise due to the consumers’ choice to reuse pouches due to having no control over consumers’ food hygiene practices.
Where can I use Kai Carrier?
Kai Carrier can be used anywhere anytime! They can go where ever you do! To the park, in the car, in the buggy, the beach, the Zoo, after swimming lessons, the backyard, or at home. Kai Carrier are also great for use during family picnics and camping trips.
Our larger sizes and snack packs are perfect for campers and trampers – and can be used for healthy energy boosting snacks, dried goods (muesli, pasta) or pre-made smoothies. Once contents have been used simply rinse out the pouch and store flat in your pack until you have completed your hike.
Kai Carrier are perfect for travelling overseas with babies and toddlers. They can be taken onto the plane as they are exempt from the 100ml restriction as they contain baby food (source: avsec.govt.nz)
Kai Carrier cut out the mess and the fuss – simply fill the Kai Carrier with delicious nutritious homemade food, place in the freezer or fridge, then straight to your bag or child’s lunchbox, then straight to their hands! No need for spoons, bowls, glass jars, containers or mess.
Kai Carrier are also great for us adults too! Perfect for the gym, car travel, tramping, hiking, running or bike riding. They can be used to store homemade soups, pesto, smoothies, protein shakes, mayonnaise and sauces in the fridge.
Are Kai Carrier Microwavable?
Yes, they are microwavable however, this is not our preferred heating method. The materials used in the manufacture of Kai Carriers have a USFDA food approval. This is valid to a maximum of 90 degrees Celsius for direct food contact (so safe as you would never heat food that hot!).
If you do choose to microwave the pouches, ensure that the zip lock is open, heat on 50-70% power and you stir and test the pouch contents prior to consuming, as microwaves heat food unevenly. Microwaving the pouches will reduce their life span.
An alternative method for heating the pouches is to sit them in a pot of warm water and allow them to heat through.
What are the pouches made from?
Kai Carrier pouches are made from BPA, PVC and Phthalate free plastic. The plastic used contains no nasty chemicals that could leach into your food. . The materials used in the manufacture of Kai Carriers have a USFDA food approval.
Are the pouches recyclable?
The great news is that once your pouches have served their time and are no longer functioning as they should they can be recycled.
Every time you use a Kai Carrier pouch you are preventing a single use package or food wrap from ending up in landfill or our precious oceans.
Will my Kai Carrier leak?
Kai Carrier have been designed with a sturdy ziplock to help prevent leaks and spills. Ensure that food is cleaned out of the ziplock as food left in it may prevent them from sealing properly.
Kai Carrier are designed to store pureed food, and that of a thicker than liquid consistency. If using to store liquids ensure pouch is stored upright to prevent any seepage around the edges of the ziplock.