Anyone can advise?
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Hi , how do you prepare everyday vegetables for baby porridge? i intend to freeze in ice cube which i saw somewhere on the web that this is one of the method. However, i got some queries, hope someone can advise me..
1) Blend the vege and freeze in ice cube or steam the vege first then freeze in ice cube?
2) The frozen vege must be used up within how many days?
Also, if i prepare storks.. eg, from big bones , how should i store and freeze in fridge? Use plastic bags to freeze? Bowls? If Containers, which kind? Heard not all materials can freeze, scared the chemical reaction
Thanks in adv
Last edited by atkht; 25-03-2011 at 11:14 PM.
Anyone can advise?
I'm also exploring ways to let my little one eats better and as I'm preparing his meals on my own, this is how i will do...
Usually, I will prepare veggie purees (a mixture of potatos, carrots, sweet potatos, broccoli, etc) by cutting them into small cubes and steam it using the Avent Steamer till the food are relatively soft. After that, I will blend the veggies and let them cool to room temperature before transferring them to baby cubes to store in the freezer. I read that by freezing the purees, you can store up to 1 month or more but usually, I dont't prepare in large quantities cos I also prefer not to let my boy eating something that has been store in the freezer for too long.
So everyday, I will take a cube down from the freezer and let it defroze in the chiller compartment...then in the evening, after I prepare my boy's porridge - Either chicken or fish, I will microwave or heat up the veggie puree in the Avent food warmer and mix them together with the porridge...my son loves it!
I think it is better that you cook the veggies and store them and not the other way round cos it will be more convenient to just heat up and let your little one have it in just a matter of minutes!
As for homemade stocks, I store them in Avent VIA cups! I stocked up alot of these cups when I was breastfeeding and now, they come to be great use again! Furthermore, these cups can be sterilised!! So, it's quite safe to store food and freeze them IMO!
Hope these helps!
You have to steam (avoid boiling as steaming retains more nutrients) first then blend, then store.
For stock I use containers. You can find 100ml containers at Mothercare or other stores.
Usually for containers for babies, you should be able to find symbols on the box when you buy that they are freezer safe etc. BPA free is also a good option if your container is gonna be handling hot stuff.
May i know what kind of stocks you prepare? i only know boil bigbones, or boil anchovies, any other good stocks?
For stocks how long can we store?
Currently this is how i prepare each meal..
Cut the vege (eg. carrot,broccoli) and steam. On the other stove, i boil the anchovies, then remove the anchovies and retain the stocks and start to cook porridge with the stocks (2meals portion). I add fish or pork ribs/mince meat to the porridge when the rice is half boil. After steaming the vege, i blend it and stand. When the porridge is almost ready, i add the vege and stir few seconds then off the stove. So the porridge for lunch and dinner is ready. I take one portion out to feed at lunch and as for dinner, i reheat the porridge..
I think this procedure rather time consuming and the 2nd half of the porridge stand cool for so many hours (i normally start preparing at 8am) ... Any better way of preparation, and ways to store the 2nd portion of the porridge? pls help to correct me. TIA
I think you are ahead of me when it comes to stock preparation! So far, I’ve only tried chicken bones stock cos I just started this 2 weeks ago. Am going to try anchovies and veggie stock soon! For my homemade stock, I usually prepare once like every 4-5 days…so I dont’t keep the stocks for more than 5 days I think. Just like the purees I made, I will keep the stock in the freezer compartment and only take it down in the morning of the day when I need to prepare the porridge…
I read that for anchovies stock, you can actually stir fry them first (without adding oil) before you boil them. To give a better taste…you may want to try this if you have the time! I’m no expert when it comes to baby food preparation cos I just started learning a month ago and pick up the preparation methods as time goes…but your method of preparation is about the same as mine. Are you a working mommy? If you’re a stay at home mum, definitely if you can prepare fresh porridge every time, it will be the best. Else, you may need to invest in one really good food jar to store the second portion of the porridge.
My son is with infant care and thus, afternoon’s porridge is prepared by the IFC…nite time, I will prepare it. For food jars right, I think most of the brands can keep up to a maximum of 5 hours for the porridge to be served warm…beyond that, you may have to reheat . I bought the THERMOS brand from Robinsons…so far, I have not tried to serve porridge beyond 3 hours…and it can still be quite warm
errr, i think not so advisable to store cooked vege in the fridge, cos some old pp said, cooked vege kept overnite will have wind, so eat already no good for stomach, if baby, then I think maybe worst.
usually I choped up everything, like spinach, vege, mix beans, carrot, potato, minced meat, then boil with 2 tbsp of rice in rice cooker for about 20 mins, then transferred to thermal cup (if you pour in hot, the cooking will continue when it the cup cos due to heat retention).
i like to use rice cooker cos its fast, no need to monitor.
if i used stove, usually i let boil about 10 mins, off fire, cover with lid, then maybe another 20 mins later boil for another 5 mins, i will let the heat cooked it by itself.
I also add abit of chopped garlic and ginger ( very very little)
Last edited by MsKoh1973; 12-05-2011 at 08:08 AM.