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#1 Kate

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 11:50 AM

I was just curious to see how others make food for their bubs.

Do you steam or boil fruit and vegies before mashing? What about baking? Does anyone bake vegies before mashing them?

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 11:53 AM

To start with I steamed vegies and then mashed with a fork. Now I just steam the vegies and give them to him as big chunks and he gums them.

I have also mashed baked vegies but sometimes need to add a bit more water to them while mashing.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 12:17 PM

If I am doing vege/fruit on its own I steam it then shred in the food processor or fork mash - depends if I am doing a bulk batch or not.

If I am making a casserole type dish with meat and vege it is normally all done in a saucepan/frypan with chicken/vege stock.

I do also offer chunks of fruit/vege too - lightly steamed - but Cate doesn't seem to like the feel of any of it. She puts a finger to it but then won't touch it - strange girl.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 12:41 PM

When we first started I would steam everything in a big pot and make large batches. Now I just cook it in the microwave as I need it. I always make enough vege’s to do lunch the next day as well.

For meat, I’ve always poached it in a little bit of vege stock.

I use my stick blender’s chopping attachment or I fork mash. Emily doesn’t like steamed fruit and vege’s as finger food yet.

For fruit like apples, pears and peaches I would buy big cans of pie fruit and puree it before freezing in trays. The ECHC nurse suggested this as it’s quicker and easier but still ok for bubs.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 01:11 PM

I steam my vegies and fruit although have stewed my apples and pears at times. With meat i poach it although last night we tried mince and i fried that in a little olive oil and added flavours like tomatoes etc so its a bit bolognaise like. I have boiled food occasionally when we are at my parents house and they dont have a steamer

I havent given chunks of food to DD as she just seems to play with it and look at it like what the hell is that then eat it. But I guess how will she know what it is if I dont try to give it to her?! LOL
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:24 PM

Sarah and I, both mostly steam veges for Aidan. As they get older like Melissa said chunks are OK, so they can "gum them" (love that quote)

Aidan also loves brocoli in the tree form, but not mashed, so texture has a lot to do with it as well.
I did read somewhere on one of those baby sites, that if the fruit is not ripe enough to poach it.
If its nice and ripe there is no need to cook, I guess it depends what fruit it is though.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:42 PM

I have taken on board the suggestion to steam as many vegetables have water soluble vitmans in them which are lost during boling but are retained more if steaming - we use an electric steamer, I then mash it with a fork - Aurelia is more than happy to eat the food lumpy - and freeze it in cubes in the freezer.

Pears and peaches and watermelon and avocado I just mash with a fork and give it to her.

I do not warm the food because some bubs at MG will only take it warm now so I just let it defrost to room temperature or give it to her slightly cold and I think she likes it cool on her sore gums anyway
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:00 PM

We still make Archie's food in large batches, so we have big "cook-up" days. We steam the vegies and then either fork mash (potato, pumpkin, peas, etc) or puree them in the food processor (corn, carrots, green beans, etc).

We always stew his apples and pears before fork mashing them.

Meat is always different - we usually just cook a bit extra of our own meal and give that to him, whether it be casserole, meatballs, shepherds pie, steak or whatever we are having.

I like to give Archie baked vegies too. I just take off the outer layer which is always a bit crispy, then fork mash up the centre and he loves it!

As for temperature, I tend to heat up his food and then allow it to cool to room temperature or a bit above. But I also give him cold fruit like rockmelon, so he is used to different food temperatures, but what Chelley said is spot-on.... kids who always have their food warmed up will expect it everytime which is hard when you are out and about.
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#9 Kate

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:53 AM

Thanks everyone, I'm going to have a big cook up day on the weekend and freeze some meals for him. So I'll do some experimenting..

I've been giving him some food cold and some warmed, so hopefully he won't be fussy.

As for big chunks of food, what age did you give your babies chunks? I was looking into Baby Led Weaning and wanted to try it with Aiden but I was a bit nervous about giving him chunks of food..

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:10 AM

We havent strarted using it yet but my neice does and its brilliant, a bebedelice. I saw her put a cut up apple in (skin on) and it steamed it then she transferred the apple and leftover liquid to the mulching side and it puree'd it in under 25secs. So for fresh healthy WHOLE foods go a bebedelice biggrin.gif
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 01:35 PM

I don't really do puree or mash for Oliver, he just gets finger foods. I cut up veg into sticks, drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven until soft. I think roasted veg are tastier than steamed personally.

I do poach apple to mix with his morning porridge and I usually just cut it into 8ths and chuck it in the microwave with a bit of water and cook until its soft.
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