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How do you heat up ice cubes of food?
« on: November 22, 2005, 17:41:54 pm »
Hi,

I give my son homemade food and I freeze it in ice cubes. However not sure if I can heat up in the microwave. I thaw it in the Avent milk warmer, it takes about 15 mins for 6 cubes. But sometimes when I forget i heat it up for like 1 min and 30 sec in the microwave and it's soooo much easier. Is this bad for the food? Is there a reason I shouldn't be doing this? Cause I will also save on energy bills.

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How do you heat up ice cubes of food?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2005, 17:50:25 pm »
For Nat I wake a cube, put it in a bowl, nuke it for maybe 10-15 seconds, try to mash it (so the rest will heat more easily instead of leaving a frozen center), and then nuke it for 10 more seconds tops (we're still on small cubes at the moment); a minute and a half seems long to me.

You DO have to make VERY sure that there are no hot spots, that the temp is constant all the way through, though, because mouth burns really hurt!!!! :cry:

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How do you heat up ice cubes of food?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2005, 18:35:51 pm »
For 6 big cubes 1 min 30 is just right, that's about 6.5 oz of food, not hot hot at all. Im not really worried about hot spots cause I laways check, I am worried about the nutrients that get lost in the heating process thru the microwave. Is there any tru to that?
Does anybody know?

Just like breastmilk, for some reason you should never microwave it, that's why I bought my very expensive Avent warmer.

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2005, 20:19:49 pm »
Some nutrients do get lost in the heating process, but it's minimal, especially if you only heat the food until it's thawed, not hot. Breastmilk, on the other hand, has antibodies in it that help with a baby's immune system. From what I understand, the antibodies are much more sensitive and do get lost to a greater degree in the microwave.

I'd always take out Tyler's cubes for the next day, put each meal in a little tupperware bowl, cover it, put it in the refrigerator, and it would be thawed by the next day. He always ate his food straight from the fridge or at room temp, so I only had to microwave if he ran out of thawed food.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2005, 20:38:55 pm »
I with Melissa on this; I took the food out the night before and thawed it in the firdge, then in the microwave for 30 sec just to take the 'edge off' the coldness.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2005, 03:23:00 am »
I take the cubes out the night before.  When I do microwave them, I do it 10 seconds, stop and stir, 10 more seconds, etc.  It's so hard to cool them down quickly enough for my impatient little guy when he's hungry.  Once in a while, I will cool it down with another small frozen cube if it's too hot.  Carrots seem to blend with anything without altering the taste (except to make it sweeter).  For pureed meats, I find it is much better to let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight or they get too dry.    Hope that helps!

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2005, 22:56:53 pm »
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I try not to use the microwave for anything these days.  I believe that we cannot lose any of the nutrients from our food these days as there is less and less because of our depleted soils and the fertilization and all the other chemicals that go into our food.  I take the ice cubes right from the freezer to a small pot and do the ol' heat-up-on-the-stove.  Makes for more dishes to do but...ay well.  The taking out the day before is a good idea but the problem with me is that becoming a mom has taken some of my good brain cells and I always foget anyway.

That's what I do.

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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2005, 23:05:09 pm »
Quote from: MrsKirky
When I do microwave them, I do it 10 seconds, stop and stir, 10 more seconds, etc.

I do that too..... now you gave me a good idea with taking the cubes from the freezer and leaving them in the lower part of the fridge overnight  :D

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2005, 23:16:29 pm »
Hi
I too found that the best way when my little one was at that stage was to transfer it from the freezer to the fridge the night before.  After a little while it just became part of my routine after putting Heath to bed for the night, along with sterilising and filling bottles fot the following day.
I would then just give it 20 seconds in the microwave to take the chill off it as I served it.  Obviously this time may vary according to the power of your microwave.  I had to be really careful not to overheat, as there was a major protest from my spirited little one if he needed to wait for his food to cool.  It's still the same now that he eats family meals!
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