Feb 212011
 

Inquiring minds, want to know…Do the grains used to make Super Porridge need to be washed?

If you buy organic grains, then there’s no real need to wash them.    Any bacteria on the grains will be killed in the boiling water. (Conventionally grown grains that are not organic have the problem of pesticides–I strongly suggest you use only certified organic grains.)  If you still choose to wash the grains before grinding, do so by putting them in a strainer and rinsing under running tap water.  Keep in mind, though, that you are washing away some valuable nutrients, especially the water-soluble B vitamins.  After rinsing, blot off most of the water with clean towels, then place on dry towels to air dry.  Or spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 200-300 degrees F until dry.  Then grind away.  The grains must be totally dry or they will just clump up in the blender.  (For parents with a food dehydrator, such as the Excalibur, you can dry the washed grains in your dryer.)

Jan 142011
 

Moms Are Talking About… Blenders

Do you have a favorite blender that you can recommend to your fans to make baby food preparation a snap?

I am still using the Oster blender that I purchased 32 years ago.  I think it’s going to last forever!
Of course, if you are rich, the top of the line blender is the Vitamix, and that’s the one I would recommend if money were no object. Otherwise, the regular brand names are fine for the most part for pureeing veggies and fruits and making smoothies.  For Super Porridge or grinding flax seeds and other seeds and nuts, I recommend the Tribest blender.  It’s a workhorse, and again, you can expect it to work for a long, long time.  I like that you can put all parts that touch the food in the dishwasher.  For grinding flax seeds, nuts, and grains, you can also use a coffee grinder, but you must clean it out very well after each use because the oils in the seeds and nuts get rancid quickly; this tends to be difficult with some coffee grinders.  You can also use the Tribest to make smoothies and it comes with different parts, depending on the model you buy.    I’ve heard that the Magic Bullet can be run continuously for only 30 seconds.  In my opinion, it’s no Tribest.  Before I buy a small kitchen appliance, I always read reviews at Amazon.com and on QVC.com and HSN.com.  They are from real people with experience on the products. What has been your experience with blenders?  Do you have any “blender tips” to share?