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To Steam or Not to Steam; Adult or Baby Food
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To Steam or Not to Steam; Adult or Baby Food

Steaming is a great method to prepare food. Vitamins and minerals are preserved duing the steaming process. Boiling, simmering, pan frying and mirowaving all result in the loss of some vital nutrients. When preparing food with one o these methods, use the least amount of water necessary.

Bring water to a boil. Food should be placed in a steamer basket above the level of the boiling water. Most baskets have handles that will keep the basket from dropping into the water.

Parents that prepare baby food are generally doing so for the health of the baby. They believe that home prepared baby food is healthier than store bought. Why boil all the nutrients away in the water? Steam is definitely the best method for prepareing baby foo.

It is best to not add salt or sugar to baby food prepared at home. A baby has not developed a taste for salt or sweet. If your toddler will not eat certain food, you might try adding a small amount of honey for flavor or just waiting a week or two and introduce the food again.

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  1. Jalenagraham
    Jalenagraham
    I am a big fan of preparing your own baby food. I used store-bought food for my first-born (who now is quite picky about eating). And, so I was determined for that not to happen with my 2nd.... It didn't. I made my own baby food based on what my husband and I were eating. And, the result? She LOVES almost every food.
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Thanks Jalenagraham for the vote and comment! I should have put....if you are vegetarian and not vegan consider adding honey if the baby refuses to eat squash or etc....
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  3. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Wohoo...there you go... Yes steaming is considered as the best method to prepare food. Steaming does have a mention in ayurvedic cooking too.
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  4. immasweetiepie
    Hey girl! It's great to read your work again. I'm about 90% Vegan but I eat meat occasionally. Love fish too! Great article! Duh though right! Miss you friend, oh voted too! Love ya!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Miss you too girl! Hope to see your Chef Daughter blogging on here soon!
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  5. dianabart
    dianabart
    Carolyn, Good blog, (haha - the irony!) However, isn't it dangerous to give an infant honey before the age of one, do to Botulism? Also, I have been looking for a Vegan Blog to share with. Thank you for this! I will be joining and writing- look forward to my future posts! :)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      You may very well be right. about introducing honey at an early age. Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  6. Sheila Ray
    Anytime processed foods can be avoided, you are better off!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Hey Sheila! Welcome to TheFlamingVegan!
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    2. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila! You are definitely right about the processed foods!
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  7. bluscarlett
    sharing this!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  8. CollegeCait
    Awsome info! I'm currently dieting and am wondering if I'm getting all of the nutrition I need. That is really helpfull!!! :)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      A kitchen would definitely be helpful! Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  9. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Carolynn, Above all I steam my veggies in the microwave. This way everything stays in them. Good post. I voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Well, I would suggest you to research a little on that Susan As per my knowledge, steaming in microwave is not nutritionally same as steaming on heat.
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    2. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Susan, thanks for the vote and comment. Will be watching for your articles. Do not understand why my article did not make Top Posts. I understand that a vote that comes from the same IP address does not count the same as one from different IP addresses, but I only voted for myself once. I've written Jason.
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      1. Akanksha
        Akanksha
        Even I was surprised..maybe few of your friends joined the site too quickly after you..
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        1. Carolyn
          Carolyn
          Akanksha, I have not read anything that makes me think that would make a difference as I would think that he would want us to bring people to the site. He did not answer my e-mail today.
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          1. Akanksha
            Akanksha
            We will never know the exact algorithm. My post with maximum votes didn't make to to the home page, while others did. I chose to keep writing :) Wishing you luck!
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