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BABY FOOD PREPARATION

Ingredients:

Vegetables
Fruits
Chicken or other meat (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Wash and rinse your hands and equipment thoroughly. Babies are especially susceptible to germs, and you don’t want any to get in your food. Prepare fresh vegetables, or fresh fruits, by scrubbing, peeling, and removing pits or seeds. Remove all bones, skin, gristle, and fat from meats.

Do not use leftovers to make baby food.

Cook food in a small amount of water until tender.

Vegetables and fruit retain more vitamins if they are steamed or baked. Do not add salt or seasonings. Babies can dehydrate quickly with added salt and may not eat food with seasonings.

Do not add sugar, honey, or any other form of sweetener other than 100% fruit juice. Sugar can also dehydrate a baby. Besides, babies like fruits and other foods just the way they are.

Puree or mash cooked food. Do not let baby food sit at room temperature for more than two hours.

Harmful bacteria in the food grow very well if given a chance. Refrigerate or freeze baby food as soon as possible.

Serving Suggestions:

One to three extra servings (use within two days) of your prepared baby food can be stored in the refrigerator. Use cooked Foxy Fresh Vegetables or cooked fruit within three days. Meats and raw fruit should be used the next day. To store longer than two days, freeze the prepared foods in clean ice cube trays covered with plastic wrap. After the food is frozen, put the cubes in freezer bags. Seal tightly, be sure to label what it is and the day you cooked it. Store up to 3 months.

To serve, thaw in the refrigerator and heat or heat in a small dish or custard cup set in a pan of water. Do not heat the food too much. Microwaves can heat a food unevenly, form hot spots, and destroy vitamins. One spoonful of food may be cold, yet the next spoonful could burn your baby's mouth. Always stir the food well before feeding your baby.

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