How to blend foods (1247)

Key points below

Do I need a special blender?

Yes. A high-quality blender is needed for the best mixing of foods. The best types are:

Some companies offer discounts if blenders are used for medical needs. Call the manufacturer before buying a blender to see if they offer a discount.

How do I blend foods?

1. Put liquids in the blender first. You can use water or try these liquids:

Using these liquids instead of water will give the food more calories and nutrients. Talk to your dietitian about which liquids are best for your child.

2. Add food that has been cut into small pieces.

3. Blend until very smooth. You can blend a mix foods that go well together, like bananas and strawberries.

4. Blended foods should be used, refrigerated (for up to 24 hours), or frozen right away. This will prevent growth of harmful germs. Blended foods can only stay at room temperature for 2 hours.

Make one batch at a time. Always keep hands, equipment, and all work surfaces clean!

Other teaching sheets that may be helpful:

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.