this image shows vegetables pureed and then reformed into their former shape using a silicone mould

Puree Diet Food Moulds

this image shows vegetables pureed and then reformed into their former shape using a silicone mould

Puree Diet Food Moulds

Many older people find themselves needing to have a pureed diet. This is due to Dysphagia, the medical term for swallowing difficulties.

Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can’t swallow at all.

Signs of dysphagia may include:

    • coughing or choking when eating or drinking
    • bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose
    • a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest
    • persistent drooling of saliva

Assisting someone with dysphagia to eat may become a challenge as they fear choking and also pureed food is not appealing to the eye. Most of us eat more when food looks appetising and some people with dysphagia lose weight.

Over the last couple of years more and more people have chosen to use food moulds to present pureed foods. The food is pureed, thickened with starch thickener to the medically safe consistency and then frozen in the silicone moulds. When frozen the veg is left to thaw on the plates and heated in the microwave. Carrot puree looks like carrots, peas like peas,  and cauliflower like cauliflower etc.

Take a  look at the short clip below to see how they work. Another idea is to pipe the veg onto the plate although it is more likely to spread and lose its shape.

Oakhouse foods also offer a range of ready pureed meals using these moulds.

this image shows a plate of veg pureed and piped on to a dinner plate

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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