Preparing and storing food
Cooking areas and utensils must be kept clean although it is not necessary to sterilize baby’s bowl and spoon unless baby has an infection such as thrush. Hot soapy water is sufficient.
Food should be eaten immediately unless stored in airtight containers and kept in the refrigerator of freezer. Refrigerated food should be exposed of after five days if not consumed.
Food may be stored in the freezer up to two months.
When freezing food there are various ways to store it. Ice cubes are convenient for small amounts or if needing to store a variety foods separately. For example store in some cubes pumpkin, in others zucchini, apple, or mango then take out what you need per meal. Food can also be stored in meal size containers ready for use. Prepare bulk quantities or make a little extra when making the family meal. Separate baby’s food from your own before adding salt or other flavourings. Meat, vegetables or fruit can be frozen although some foods freeze better than others. Flavourings
Heat baby’s food by placing it in a cup and standing it in boiled water to allow it to heat slowly. Be very careful if using a microwaves as they heat food unevenly producing hotspots which can cause severe burns.
Do not add to the natural flavour of foods such as butter, sugar, honey, salt, or splices. A baby has more sensitive taste buds than an adult and doesn’t need his food enhanced.
Avoid giving food mashed together as one big mushy multi flavoured mixture. Serve foods separately so that baby can distinguish between flavours and begin to know what he likes and dislikes.
Commercially prepared baby food is excellent for emergencies but can if given to frequently become the only food baby will take. If this is the case I suggest mixing it with a little home prepared food. Decrease the amounts of commercially prepared food and increase the volume of home cooking at every meal until he is happy with your cooking. This method can be adapted for children who will only eat pureed food and balk at lumps or who refuse to eat certain types of food. Disguises or concealing disliked food within other accepted foods is often a good way to encourage a fussy eater.
Prepare different types of meals soups, stews, rice, pasta, BBQ meat and veg, finger foods such as sandwiches, pizza, sushi, include foods of different textures and flavour. Meat for example can be served in a variety of ways. Minced with a sauce and served with pasta or rice. Made into a paste or pate and used as a sandwich spread. Bits size such as meatballs, or meat on a bone. Meat in soups either liquidized or very finely chopped into small manageable pieces.
Tips: Woodern boards harbour less jerms than plastic or marble chopping boards.
Remember: Always wash you hands, the serfices/ bench tops and the utencils before preparing food.
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