Food preparation tips
- Use a stick blender, counter-top blender, or food processor to blend soups, salsa, mince and sauces so they are easier to swallow.
- Make your home-made, canned, or packet soup more nutritious by adding noodles, lentils, macaroni, and/ or extra vegetables.
- Add cream, cream cheese, custard, ice cream, margarine, vegetable oil, milk, or cheese to your meals to add extra calories if you need to gain weight.*
- Pureed meals can be stored in containers and frozen to use later. If the meal is too thick after defrosting add more water or milk.
- Pureed meat often loses its colour and flavour.
– Try adding tomato paste or puree, soya or Worcestershire sauce, herbs, and mushrooms.
- Pureed vegetables, such as silverbeet and other green vegetables, can look dull and unappealing.
– Try adding a little mashed potato or add a small amount of instant potato flakes to help improve the appearance and texture.
– Tasty combinations include swede and carrot, carrot and parsnip, and beans and parsnip.
- If your mouth is very dry, try milkshakes blended with ice blocks and a small amount of vegetable oil. The oil* helps to coat your mouth.
* Oily foods can also help moisten your mouth. Go easy on the amount if you are overweight.