I always microwaved, but only enough to make the food room temperature at best and then stirred thoroughly to disseminate any hot spots.
In the end I did start using the microwave even though I hadn't planned to. That way I can take it direct from the freezer and defrost it - you can defrost so it's still cool. I then heat it for literally only 10 seconds and stir it very well and test the temperature from several areas before ds eats it.
While I have "cheated" and use the microwave my dh usually puts the frozen food in a cup and puts that in a pot of boiling water.
One trick is to make the food but then freeze it in little "cookie" shapes instead of in ice cube trays. (Put a spoonfull of food on a baking sheet/piece of waxed paper then smoosh it flat like a cookie....then pop the food cookies off the tray or fold them up in waxed paper and a ziplock once frozen). These cookies take up less room in the freezer and since they've got a lot of surface area they warm up much faster than the ice cubes!
Now that dd is older though we tend to just mash up whatever we're having for dinner using a fork, or our baby food mill if we want a softer texture.
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Originally Posted by Heatherb917
It seems like this is going to take a lot of thinking ahead to get it ready in time to eat! It's almost easier just to make as you go.
We do feed ds what we're eating....but more often I'm noticing that it's things that he can't eat..... I realize that I've already buttered and salted my potato, so I won't give him that...or it's a sandwich or something not baby friendly. Plus I want to stick with one new food per week until we have a good variety under his belt. I just want to be able to have some things ready on hand.
I just have a bad vibe about microwaving ds's food. I'm fine with it for me, but not him. I don't even have any real reason...just my gut telling me.
Originally Posted by Heatherb917
Thanks for the ideas mamas!
We do feed ds what we're eating....but more often I'm noticing that it's things that he can't eat..... I realize that I've already buttered and salted my potato, so I won't give him that...or it's a sandwich or something not baby friendly.
When you do potatoes, instead of remembering to heat up the babyfood, you could remember to set aside a little portion of potatoes for him without the butter and salt (though I don't think its the end of the world for him to get a little butter and salt). Or if you forget, you could try and go to the bottom parts of the potato to find some unsalted or unbuttered bits. And as for sandwiches, you could pick out bits for him to eat. My dfs's first food was the tiniest little piece of lettuce ripped off from the lettuce in a veggie sandwich I was eating. He loved it! Now that he is 9 months, I'll also just give him a hunk of whole wheat bread from my sandwiches, along with bits of veggies, which brings him so much joy.
|Plus I want to stick with one new food per week until we have a good variety under his belt.|
|I just want to be able to have some things ready on hand.|
I put hot/very warm water in a coffee mug and put his food in a sealed container in the coffee mug with a pan or something heavy on top to keep it from floating out - it typically defrosts really fast.
Normally I'll put his food in the fridge (from the freezer) in the morning... when I remember!
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and yes, they destroy nutrients. microwaves devitalize food. they essentially "deaden" your food. they have been proven to change the molecular structure of food. if you're familiar with yoga diets, what a microwave does is turn food that is sattvic in nature to tamasic. maya tiwari, in her book, ayurveda: a life of balance, states, "microwaves are a natural enemy to the harmonious energies of food". and if you microwave in plastic the plastic releases endocrine disruptors into the food. this has finally gone mainstream and can be googled for all sorts of facts and stats.
the time-saving and ease of use makes them so appealing, but i don't personally feel that the positives (ease, time) outweigh the negatives (health effects). i'd go with the glass jar in just boiled water or the cast iron skillet method, imho.
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