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Air Reduction in Blended Food

Posted Dec 08 2009 12:00am
UPDATE:  I have tried this method, and I don’t know if it is my recipes or what, but this doesn’t seem to work for me…. does it work for you?
Here’s what I do instead: I take a large spoon and stir the food, bottom to top in a circle.  Voile’!  I can actually SEE the bubbles of air coming to the surface and popping.  Plus, I don’t have to use the timer or worry about my blender motor.  Lynn  2/15/10

When making blended food for medical reasons to feed to my “disabled” daughter via her g-tube, there are several goals:

1.  excellent nutrition

2.  adequate calories

3.  appropriate volume

Sometimes it is a challenge to line all three of those up in the same batch of food!  The most difficult one has been appropriate volume.  I feed her 4 times a day at 3 hour intervals.  She is 11 years old and can accommodate 2 cups, or 16 ounces of food in her stomach.

I puree whole foods together with liquid so the food will pass through her tubing into her stomach. Using a Vitamix introduces a fair amount of air into the food.  Over time, this air will bubble out of the food as it sits in the refrigerator.

However, I just read this great information on another site today:

“When you get the Vita-Mix there is a little trick about getting the
bubbles out. Once you’re done blending your mixture, turn the Vita-Mix
down to 2 on the dial and let the blender mix for a little while. Then move
the dial down to 1 and let it mix a little longer. This gets most of the
bubbles out of your mix.”

Word of caution:  the instructions on the blender say to not blend on low for more than 2 minutes as it is hard on the motor.

Having the air released from the food means it takes up less space in the stomach, which should reduce that “too full” feeling, as well as allow for maximum calories per feeding.

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