01-19-2012 09:20 AM - edited 01-19-2012 09:26 AM
- replace much of the fats with 'trans' fats (kidding, of course, as those are toxic to no small extent). Trans fat has an enormous shelf life compared to real fats (hardly any fear of 'rancid' odours before years pass). I suspect the same characteristics are why trans fats stick around too long and in the wrong places in our bodies. I think we're barely beginning to discover all the damage that's caused by an artificial chemical like trans fats in foods.
- food stock rotation: stuff doesn't go 'rancid' if it's sold while still fresh (and, for goodness' sake, display transparent packaging / best before dating). Gagh!! I earnestly dislike those products where the date coding on perishables is cryptic. For something like 'organic cereal', the date of harvest should be included (as some of the grains might have been stored for many months before being processed and packaged).
- make your own baby/kid/adult foods. The 'magic bullet' (www.buythebullet.com for the adult version, there's a 'baby' food version advertised lately on TV & in some WalMart stores U.S. example) food processor and baby food jars, looks promising for fresh food making. Though without sterilization and preservatives added, there's a severe limit (24-72 hrs?) as to how long batches of homemade foods remain 'food safe' while refrigerated.
01-19-2012 06:42 PM
Actually Don, making baby food is surprisingly easy... take whatever you are eating, and offer it to baby in small amounts. Up to 12 months is exploration, after that, baby typically becomes pretty darned proficient at eating - for some it is 14 months, but, really that 12 month mark does a difference make.
It is that easy, especially now that the order of food introduction has been thrown out the window.
01-25-2012 10:07 AM
She's totally right. It's so easy now to feed our babes.
With my 1st, I was all about boxes and little jars (I was such a rookie!!) but now, with my ds, he's been eating regular food, with spices and all since he's 6-6.5 mths, no specific order of introduction. It's so easy.
04-11-2012 05:36 PM
Could not agree more. I made my kids baby food from cereal, to fruits/veggies, to toddler food. The best part was I know what was in it, and I don't do recalls on my food.
My kids have never had jarred baby food, which is a proud moment for me. I found it cheaper to make our own food as well, I grew a lot of the veggies in my garden ect.