Mar 03 2014

Baby food made in the Microwave

Published by at 2:21 pm under children

Microwave cooking is well suited to making your baby and child delicious meals and snacks. Cooking fast, which is what your microwave does best, retains more nutrients than slow cooking or boiling methods. A microwave cooks with little or no added liquid, and that means no nutrients are discarded in the cooking water. It also cooks fast, so nutrients are less likely to be destroyed in fact, studies show that microwave cooking retains more vitamin C and more B vitamins – thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine and folic acid- than conventional methods. The microwave oven also retains more flavor and color- particularly of vegetables- and this increases the chance that baby will want to eat them.

Despite the fact that most Americans now have microwave ovens, you still may have a nagging concern about safety. The waves in your oven are similar to radio waves, and once food is cooked they dissipate. The real safety issues when preparing baby food are preventing burns from food that is too hot and food poisoning from food that is under cooked. Here are tips for making wholesome safe baby food in a microwave:

  1. Cook, meat, fish and poultry until steaming hot. Allow all cooked food  to cool before serving.
  2. Rotate or stir foods while cooking to distribute the heat.
  3. Cover foods during or after cooking to keep heat in and allow for even heat distribution.
  4. Allow foods to “rest” covered, before serving. Resting simply allows the food to sit, still covered, for 2 to 5 minutes after you have removed it from the oven.
  5. Another way to make sure meat is fully cooked is to check the temperature. If you do not already have a food thermometer you can get one in many super markets or hardware stores.

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