How To Manage Time Spent on Puree – Pureed Food Recipes for Adults

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Here at Essential Puree, we try to teach great pureed food recipes for adults for every household or healthcare facility. The Essential Puree Guidebook For the food enthusiasts of the world, we have the Guidebook, from A to Z. The idea is making the food from scratch. These are great recipes simplified, with an emphasis on flavor and suitability for puree. They are better than anything you can buy commercially, you know what’s in them, you can batch cook them so you get multiple frozen servings from one session in … Read More

The Soul Food Kitchen for Those With Swallowing Disorders

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Three Tips for Perfect Puree Soul food is enjoying a renaissance across the country for a wide audience at this time. Essential Puree has included a master book of soul food recipes in honor of Black History month. We are adapting soul food recipes to the dysphagia kitchen. With good preparation in the kitchen, and a good selection of cooking methods and cooking tools, the loved one does not have to give up favorite comfort foods. Here are some tips on making perfect puree for the person with swallowing difficulties … Read More

Super Bowl Menu for the Puree Kitchen

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The Latest e-Book from Essential Puree The Super Bowl is right around the corner. Wouldn’t you like to know how to make great-tasting food for a football buffet that can be pureed for the person with a swallowing disorder? This is your indispensable book Game Day. It is easy, fast and fun. It uses the quickie, healthy cooking method of the new electric pressure cookers. This kitchen appliance is one of the best for the dysphagia kitchen. It can be bought inexpensively at discount stores, department stores and online. It shortens … Read More

5 Holiday Celebrations Tips for the Person Who Needs Puree

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How to Attend A Holiday Event The best part of a holiday meal is the atmosphere. The gathering of family and friends, the decorations, the music and the games, all of these are as important as the meal itself. Eating with family and friends can be magic. Then again, if your family suffers from a little or a lot of dysfunction, you have developed your coping strategies. I shall say no more. As long as no one goes to the hospital or to jail. How can the person with dysphagia … Read More

Post-Bariatric Surgery Recipes Made Easy with the Essential Puree Guidebook

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Sometimes bariatric surgery, or gastric bypass, saves a person from the health complications caused by morbid obesity. Success depends on the post-op period when a person must learn new eating habits. The post-op period is a time for a clean diet and a new start. Post-Surgery Diet Recipes Though widely successful, those who are in the post-surgery recovery period for gastric bypass or bariatric surgery can struggle to maintain proper eating habits due to the more restrictive diet, including the need for liquid or pureed foods. Many find this to … Read More

The Portable Snack: Three Ways to Eat On the Go

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The Tailgate, the Portable Shake and the Instant Milkshake Fall is almost here. The weather is about to be spectacular. Within a month, it will start to get cooler and soon the leaves will begin to turn. Even if you live in a warm climate, such as in California, Arizona or Florida, the air becomes cooler and the humidity drops. People want to be outdoors, and that includes the dysphagia patient. The biggest social event of Fall is attendance at a sporting event, like soccer, football, or lacrosse. The family … Read More

Five Ways to Help a Caregiver 

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Dysphagia Care at Home and In a Healthcare Facility Let me speak of the unsung heroes of our world, those who take care of the elderly and others of all ages with challenging health conditions of all types. We here at Essential Puree like to think of ourselves as having a caregiver perspective. I speak from personal experience. I am an author and a journalist. I am an Asia specialist, and I have traveled all over the world in search of great stories. Through a chain of circumstance, I left the life … Read More

The No-No List

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Essential Puree Recipes for the Dysphagia Kitchen with No Additives and Preservatives Essential Puree has a philosophy – Clean Eating. Our recipes, featured in both the From Scratch and Quickies for Caregivers series, recommend clean ingredients. We have a saying here at EP, “The least-processed food is the best.” Know where your food comes from, coax out the flavors, and treat food with respect. “Food is precious.” That last bit is a quote from the great chef Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Essential Puree believes that the nutritional … Read More

The Whole Grain Series, Part 2: Barley

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The Whole Grain Series, Part 2 With cold weather here, warming foods have tremendous appeal. Barley dishes are especially appealing. Barley has a nutty flavor and works well in soups and warm salads. It has a great nutritional profile. It is reputed to be good for the skin. Here are two recipes for winter salads using barley. A prepared batch of barley can be used for both dishes. These are non-recipe recipes, meaning that the ingredients do not have to be measured exactly. I give you a guideline. You assemble … Read More

Food Storage: Holiday Bargains Alert!

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This is a shopping tip for saving money: take advantage of seasonal bargains on purchases of glass food storage containers. From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, boxed sets of different sizes of glass containers can be bought for a very good price.  The boxed set contains a variety of sizes, small, medium and large, in round or square shapes. The price is much better than if you went into your local supermarket, cruised the housewares aisle, and purchased them separately at any other time of the year. Littles are for individual … Read More