Usually when someone goes on a pureed diet their overall nutrition and mealtime experience declines – but there’s a solution that can help- FOOD MOLDS!!
What are the benefits of using a food mold?
- Appearance.Texture and appearance play an important role in our mealtime experience and affect our appetite. Using food molds, you are able to create a more appealing plate of food that looks and tastes like the real thing. Puree molds are very easy to use and they turn a plate of “mushy looking baby food or a blob of food” into a meal that we can recognize and will be more willing to try!
- Better Nutrition. Mealtime becomes more enjoyable and appetizing because of the increased appeal of the molded pureed food; this encourages the individual to consume more food which leads to better nutrition.
- Convenient. Food molds are pre-portioned to 3-4 oz. serving, making a plate of food quick and easy to put together.
How do you use a food mold?
Food Molds are extremely easy to use. Add your thickened puree to the mold and freeze (minimum of 2 hours). Remove the food from the mold while still frozen. Allow 5-10 minutes for the food to defrost. The formed food pops out- just like ice cubes – they are ready to eat or warm and serve.
Once removed from mold, heat at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes.
Food Mold Tips
- Storing for later use. If you are not planning to use all the molded foods at once, place the left over frozen individual molded food items into individual size plastic bags in the freezer. That way the food is ready to go when you are.
- Be Creative. Each mold can have several uses, for example the meatloaf mold could be use for French toast or toast; the peach mold could also be used for apple or pears.
- Food Molds are dishwasher safe, but make sure to place them on the top rack.
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Food Molds Available on Dysphagia-Diet.com:
Chicken Breast| Fish Fillet | Ham slice | Meatloaf | Stew Meat | Pork Chop | Shrimp| Strip Steak
Peach Cluster| Pineapple Rings | Apricot Halves| Melon Slices | Pear Halves | Strawberries
Baby Carrots | Carrot slices | Corn Cobbettes |Peas | Tomato Slice | Asparagus | Broccoli Florets | Green Beans
Garnish Flowers| Ravioli | Pizza Slices