Our process: High-Pressure-Protected (HPP)

Nadine Hellmann

Our Little Tummy meals are delivered chilled to your doorstep and taste like home-made. You can still keep the purees in your fridge for a week. How do we do this?


Did you know that common baby food is older than your baby?

Commonly available baby food pouches or jars are heavily heat-processed to achieve a shelf life of up to 2 years. These products sit in hot metal pips (between 120 - 200 C) for hours before they are filled into pouches. Due to the extreme heat-treatment they not only lose their colour and taste, but also a lot of vitamins and micronutrients. This is why their nutritional value is not as good as fresh baby food. The lack of texture and authentic taste also prevents your baby from learning how real food should taste.



What is Little Tummy doing differently than heat processed baby food brands from the shelves? 

At Little Tummy, we use a cold-pressure-method, also known as “high-pressure-processing” or “high-pressure-protected” (HPP). Using this method allows us to lock in fresh flavours and textures but most importantly the natural vitamins and nutrients of our organic ingredients.

Learn more about the benefits of HPP

Locking in natural vitamins and nutrients

Vitamins and micronutrients are very heat-sensitive. This means they are destroyed when exposed to extreme heat. With HPP, we avoid heating the meals while they are made, so we preserve these important nutrients for your baby.

For example, Vitamin C usually gets destroyed when you boil a meal. Our processing method preserves it, so your little one can enjoy all the benefits, such as increasing iron absorption and supporting your child’s immune system.



Keeping fresh taste, texture and colour

As mentioned, HPP is a very gentle method which allows us to naturally keep fresh taste, texture and colours of organic ingredients intact. What does this mean for your little one? He or she will get used to the real taste of veggies from early on. This will help to develop a preference for these from early on.


Extending (refrigerated) shelf-life naturally

HPP helps us to naturally extend our meals life-time (we never use preservatives!) and make sure the product is safe for your little ones. The pressure used in the process literary squeezes down bacteria that could contaminate the food and therefore naturally extend the (refrigerated) shelf-life up to several weeks.

Here is a very easy explanation video how HPP works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_2Wc1a0x7U



Little Tummy - A fresh start in life

Since 80 years baby foods has been heat processed, we believe it’s time for a fresh and healthy alternative! That’s why we use HPP to bring fresh, healthy and paediatrician-approved foods to little ones.

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