How To Puree And Store Food For Toddlers
Feeding toddlers the right way is often a little tricky than you may think of. Preparing and storing foods for toddlers is at times not done in the right way which does more of harm than any good. Making the purees looks like an easy thing, just a blender and a couple of ingredients and you blend a puree. But is it all limited to do this.
Blending and storing in jar is all that you think how baby food needs to me made and stored! But there is more to it, which might not be aware of. Today I shall share with you all few pointers that you should know when preparing food of toddlers.
When you are preparing food for baby, you must ensure to keep the following pointers in mind:
- Ensure that the food is prepared and stored safely.
- The food should be appropriate in texture.
- Use cooking methods that conserve nutrients.
- The food should be prepared without adding unnecessary ingredients such as sugar and salt.
- Always sanitize the equipments that you use to prepare baby food.
- Cook foods until they turn soft and tender.
- After pureeing food, the cooking liquid, water, or fruit juice can be added for a thinner texture and added nutrients. As the baby gets older and develops better eating skills, the texture of foods can be changed and made thicker.
- Avoid adding sugar, syrups, salt, seasonings, oil, butter, lard, cream, gravy, sauces, or fat drippings to the baby’s food. Not all of these but some of these can cause food poisoning in canned/stored baby foods (especially, the oils, fats, butter, dairy, etc).
- Never add honey to a baby’s foods because this increases the risk of getting a very serious illness, called infant botulism. Some may find it weird, but if researches are to be believed then honey in baby foods is not recommended.
- Before pureeing the food for baby, prepare fresh fruits or vegetables by scrubbing, paring or peeling, and removing seeds.
- Cook foods only if necessary. You can use the boiling cooking method. Boiling food in a small, covered saucepan with a small amount of water until tender is an ideal method as it preserves nutrients. Keeping a measured quantity of water for boiling is important since the less water used, the more nutrients stay in the food.
- Puree food using a blender, food processor, baby food grinder, spoon or fork. As the baby grows you can avoid extra blending and use spoon or fork for mashing.
- If pureed food is not being used right away, refrigerate quickly. This is best way of preserving the food, a delayed storage can ruin the food.
- To freeze baby food: pour cooled, pureed food into a paper cupcake liner or a section of a clean ice cube tray, and cover with foil. When the food gets into a frozen solid form, store cubes in a freezer container/ freezer bag or box in the freezer.
- Reheat frozen cube in a heat-resistant container in a pan of hot water to serve.
- Choose high quality fresh vegetables and fruits or plain frozen vegetables and fruits which are without added salt or sauces. If frozen or canned foods are used, make sure to verify the ingredient list.
- You can refrigerate purred foods for up to two days.
These were some must follow tips that you must follow when preparing and storing purred foods for your toddlers.