A food processor makes an indispensable part of most of the modern kitchens. Unlike the larger appliances which are a hassle to setup and even more of a hassle to clean, this little tool can easily be use for even the simplest of the tasks like chopping a bunch of vegetables or mincing garlic without worrying about the installation or cleanup. Another popular use for it in a house with a baby is to make pureed meals for the baby.
Why should you make homemade meals for the baby?
This is an important question since there are many different varieties of packaged food available at the stores. The reason for making homemade meals is that at home we can ensure that we put fresh and healthy ingredients in the meal to be of maximum benefit to the baby. We cannot guarantee if the manufacturers of the packages foods are using fresh and organic ingredients and processing them in hygienic conditions.
How does a mini food processor help?
At the stage when your baby starts weaning, he/she will have little teeth and are not so great at chewing food even with the teeth they have. This is why if you talk about the first stage baby food, the ingredients should be properly pureed to a smooth consistency after being cooked. For older babies or toddlers, you can also keep the meals a little chunky to develop their chewing habits.
The best tool for making baby food is a mini food processor since its bowl is just the right size for making single or multiple serving baby meals. The bowl of a regular food processor will be too big to process little quantities for your baby efficiently.
How to control the texture and consistency of the meal?
Using your best mini food processor, you can also easily control the texture of the food that you want to feed your baby with. You will simply have to keep push the on button for a longer time if you want a smooth puree. If you want a chunkier puree, you will only hold the button down for a couple of seconds and then lift the lid to see if it’s right for your baby. To make a thinner puree you can add a little water, juice or milk while processing.
You can try pureeing many kinds of fruits and vegetables for your baby. For toddlers, you can even puree the food you cook for the rest of the family so that they develop a taste for the food that is normally cooked in your house.
If you have bought a blender and spent fair amount of money than you would be wishing that your blender should last at least a few years and perform best every time. There are varieties in them: one blender is better at crushing ice while another is good for just mixing batters or making soups. It is considered that jar blender with stainless steel blades of 500 watts and above would fulfill most needs from blending sauces and pureeing vegetables and fruits to crushing ice.
First Add Liquids
If you want good performance and results than fill liquid first in the blender and afterwards put small pieces of fruits, berries, veggies and ice in the last. This practice makes easy for blender to whip up the liquid to vortex resultantly pulling the solid ingredients downward.
Begin with Pulsing or Running at the Lowest Speed First
In the beginning start with lowest speed and give a break for a few times to get the ingredients turn into smaller pieces. Later on, increase speed slowly before you get the desired result. You should achieve full speed step by step.
Remember to Hold the Cap with Your Hand
When you use the blender there is a chance of mess coming out from the blender if you do not grip the cap of the jar with a firm hand. Blender vibrates even when your hands are on the locked lid.
Blending Hot Liquids
When blending hot liquids, take off the inner cap of the blender lid and use a dish cloth to hold the blender lid because the hot liquid may affect your hand.
Chopping Vegetables and Fruits
Ensure that the fruits and vegetables have been chopped into small pieces before blending to ensure uniform results.
Do Not Overwork the Blender
If you want your blender to last long then do not over fill the blender or run long even with low speed as this may cause it to burn due to overload. Blender is not for mashing potatoes, grinding meat, or kneading stiff dough so avoid doing these in your blender.
Wash the Jar Immediately after Use
Immediate wash after use will save the plastic jar from being stained. Fill some water into the jar, put a little dishwashing liquid and pulse a few times then rinse thoroughly. Do not leave water near the drive shaft and do not soak the jar longer as it may result in shorter life and damaging of the blender.
Do not store the blender jar along with the contents in the freezer as it will damage the blades and jar. Keep the blender in dry area and lid separately or lightly over the jar.
Since the arrival of the slow juicers in the market, everybody has been going crazy over these new products and bringing them home to see what all the fuss is about. If you are a juicing enthusiast, chances are you would already be aware of the name ‘cold pressed juice’. Cold pressed juicers use a technique called slow juicing to slowly squeeze out the juice from the fruits and vegetables making sure that minimum heat is produced during its operation so that all the essential nutrients and enzymes stay alive in the drink. If you new to juicing and having trouble understanding the actual difference between a cold pressed juice and a regular juice, you have come to the right place. Our comparison will help you make the best selection among the two types of juices:
By regular juice we mean the juice which is extracted through a traditional juicer or one that is not a cold pressed juicer. The traditional juicers use blades spinning at high speeds to cut the fruits which pass through a mesh into a container. These juicers are much cheaper than the more advanced cold pressed juicer machines and extract the juice much faster. The juice that is obtained is a good source of nutrients and is healthy as long as you consume it immediately. However, it does not contain a large percentage of the nutrients that were present in the fruits and vegetables in their original condition. This is because the fast spinning blades of the machine produce a lot of heat which destroys most of the nutrients. Also, the juice will quickly start to rot so you cannot store it for consuming later. It’s best to consume it right away.
Cold Pressed Juice:
A cold pressed juice is the juice extracted through the appliance called a cold pressed juicer. These juicers use a technique which slowly crushes and presses the fruits and vegetables instead of cutting them with fast spinning blades. Since there is not much heat involved in the operation of a cold pressed juicer it effectively retains most of the nutrients in the juice that is produced and since antioxidants are also retained in the drink, it will last much longer than a regular juice. You can make large quantities of cold pressed juice in a single sitting and store it in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for over 3 days. However the extraction of cold pressed juice takes longer time as compared to regular juice and they are also quite expensive as compared to the regular juicers.
So now that you know the differences between the two types of juices, you should easily be able to pick the better of the two. If you have health considerations in mind, you would go for a cold pressed juicer to fulfill your juicing requirements. If, however, you want a cost effective solution you can pick one of the regular juicers which come at an affordable price.