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What is this thingy? 
9th-Sep-2009 05:14 pm
gleeful LB
My MIL picked up a neato strainer type thing at a garage sale. It's a metal cone with holes like a colander, but smaller holes than a colander usually has. It has a stand with a ring that the cone sits in, and a wooden conical pestle for shoving food through it. It gets the fibers out of applesauce in no time flat and is much easier to clean than a wire mesh strainer. What's it called, do they still make them and where can I get one?

Also, is there any reason not to season baby food with spices (not salt or sugar) if the baby likes it that way?
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10th-Sep-2009 12:54 am (UTC)
it sounds a little like a ricer. except my ricer has a hand crank and not a pestle.

I always followed the guidelines of spice adding on wholesomebabyfood.com about when to add what.
10th-Sep-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
It's called a food mill (there are a billion things called food mill though...). Those are awesome!

Season as you wish- my babe regularly has garlic breath. :) I always heard that you weren't supposed to season because then Baby won't like it plain, but I kind of like flavor on my food too, you know?
10th-Sep-2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Yep! Thank you!
10th-Sep-2009 01:37 am (UTC)
As I read somewhere once, very few countries tame down their use of seasonings in what they feed their babies. It is normal for most babies in the world to start out eating things that are just as seasoned as what Mom and Dad eat.
10th-Sep-2009 04:02 am (UTC)
awesome. my baby loved cloved applesauce.
10th-Sep-2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
I have a baby book that says it's a good idea if you are making your own baby food to let your baby eat what you do so they get used to your style of cooking, so I assume seasonings are ok :)
17th-Aug-2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I think what you have is a china cap or a chinois. It is used in professional kitchens to strain purees and things. The stand is handy, I don't have one.
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