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All Seasons Homestead Helpers is participating in the International Home & Housewares Show for the second year in a row this weekend, featuring, of course, our Squeezo Strainer. The event begins Saturday and lasts for 5 days.
Last year was the first time we were there to introduce the Squeezo. This time, we return with something new. As I point out again and again (as a matter of fact, I think I just did that a couple of days ago), time-honored design requires little, if any, improvement, but that does not mean one cannot be playful and trendy.
This year, then, The Squeezo Gets Trendy! We are introducing 3 NEW COLORS for a choice of complimentary accents to today’s modern kitchen: Green, Red and Textured Black (my personal favorite).
It is not surprising that, century after century, in spite of innovations and modern activities that take our attention in a multitude of directions at once, the kitchen remains the hub of our lives. It is the place to which we migrate early in the day to get sustenance and it is the place where we join others, family and friends, share stories and learn the time-honored skills that perpetuate our love for food and good company through the ages.
The kitchen is the most often renovated and redecorated room in homes across America. What this says is simple: we long to give it personality so that we may recognize that we are home the moment we step in.
Professional decorators agree: a touch of color in the right place can alter the mood in an instant. Since cooking is a playful and joyful activity that already honors color, it goes without saying that expanding the notion to the tools and appliances we use the most can only add to our pleasure.
Inspired by The Squeezo Booklet, page 19.
We have noticed a trend toward making baby foods at home and for a very good reason, perhaps starting with the theory that “We are what we eat.” If we are so concerned with the foods we cook and eat as adults, then we certainly should be just as interested in the foods we feed infants. If we make and mix these foods ourselves, we have no worries about strange additives, too much sugar or any possible nutritional deficiencies, and it is less expensive.
As with everything we do for babies, we want to use extra care in preparing their food. If you are planning to freeze the baby food in small amounts, let it cool and then package and freeze it immediately. One way to freeze in small amounts is to put the purée in an ice-cube tray. Once frozen, remove and package the cubes. This way, you can cook just the right amount every time.
Canning is another way to preserve the extra purée. If you choose to can, be sure to use the pressure canning method and follow directions carefully. Following directions without taking shortcuts will ensure safe, high-quality canned food.
Puréed vegetables can be mixed with other vegetables, cooked meat or poultry. Puréed fruits mixed with yogurt makes a wonderful first food for infants. The yogurt can be made easily and inexpensively at home as well.
With toddlers, you can be a bit more creative and make up some interesting finger foods. Fill small pancakes with ground or puréed vegetables, or moisten finely chop leftover pasta with a creamy sauce. Flatten slices of thin bread with a rolling-pin and spread with meat or chicken mixed with a creamy sauce or cottage cheese. Roll up and serve.
Many people go through a period when, for health reasons, they may resort to a diet of puréed foods. Their meals do not have to be dull or thought of strictly as baby foods. For instance, puréed beans can be mixed with hard-boiled egg and cream cheese and seasoned with salt, pepper and curry powder for a spread.
Sweet potatoes can be mixed with ground ham, shaped into tiny fritters and sautéed. Mash cooked ground chicken with puréed vegetables or cream cheese and spread on thin bread slices. Roll, brush with butter and toast under the broiler. Make a ring of puréed or ground carrot mixed with ground veal and applesauce.
When preparing foods of this type, especially for adults, remember that appearance is very important. Use colorful garnishes and arrange food decoratively on the plate.
For babies and adults, the Squeezo can be used to make smooth vegetable and fruit purées as the basis for a special diet food. By using any of the different-sized screens, you have control over the texture of your baby or special diet food.
The Squeezo Booklet – to be continued…
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We begin life with special food needs. Throughout life, special diet needs, whether due to health concerns or simply due to personal choice, demand we rethink our meals. This in turn demands we rethink the grocery list. Enjoyment is a third, and perhaps most significant consideration. When special diet needs arise, we are our best resource for a healthful and enjoyable transition.
Let’s consider soft foods or purées, for example. We feed baby puréed foods and puréed fruit provide a great and satisfying alternative to sweets for adults who wish to adhere to healthy nutrition practices. Special foods do not have to be dull. In fact, many of our favorite foods can add pizzaz to a special “soft foods” diet.
Consider if you will Tomato and Orange Sauce, Tomato Sauce with Raisins & Pine Nuts, Applesauce Pudding, Apple Custard Pie, Applesauce Butter, Carrot Soup, Cantaloupe-Peach Marmalade and Soybean Spread, just a few of the tasty bites you can make with a sauce maker, food mill or Squeezo Strainer (recipes found in the All year Round Squeezo Book, incidentally). Indeed, the challenge of a special diet is an opportunity to rediscover the great taste of fresh fruits and vegetables in many new versions of themselves.
When preparing special foods, especially for adults, appearance is crucial. We feast with the eyes first. Making an attractive dish can make a special diet enjoyable, not boring. Applesauce on its own may sound “empty.” Applesauce mixed with ground veal and placed in the center of a colorful ring of steamed carrots evokes eating pleasure.
Making baby foods at home is not merely a trend anymore. Parents care deeply about nutrition and especially about the provenance of the foods they bring to the table. More and more, we live by these words: “We are what we eat.” If we are so concerned with the foods we cook and eat as adults, then we certainly should be just as interested in the foods we feed infants. If we make these foods ourselves, we need not worry about suspicious additives, too much sugar or any nutritional deficiencies. It is less expensive too.
The possibilities are endless. All that is required is a good food mill or sauce maker. Our favorite, of course, is the Squeezo Strainer. It is famous for making tomato sauce and apple sauce and this is precisely the point. With a sauce maker on hand, you can make the fruit or vegetable base to an infinite array of recipes, from sauces to jams, desserts to main courses, breads, special side dishes and special needs foods that will let you feel replenished, not bored and desperate, and even baby food.
By using any of the three different screens on a Squeezo Strainer, you have control over the texture of your baby’s or your own special needs food. Puréed vegetables can be mixed with other vegetables, cooked and ground meat or poultry. Puréed fruit with yogurt is a wonderfully nutritious first food for infants.
Often, all that separates us from wholesome nutrition choices we can embrace for a lifetime is the proper approach. Toiling over grocery choices can be disheartening. If you are fortunate enough to have access to an abundance of healthy choices, in your own garden or thanks to local producers, then the choices multiply exponentially, as does a sense of vigor and satisfaction with every, tasty, colorful bite; even on a special diet.
Making our own food is part of making life our own.