I was in Coles today looking at baby food for cooking ideas, most of them claim no preservatives, no added salt/sugar. I picked up 1 jar to read the ingredients it said apple, potato, carrot and nothing else, expiry date 03 04 2013. So if it's just cooked food, no preservative, not frozen, how come it lasts so long?
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08-06-2012 22:48 #1
No preservative but last a year
08-06-2012 22:51 #2Senior Member
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It's super heat treated... I am not sure but my guess is this destroys most of the nutrition.
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09-06-2012 08:45 #3
I think so too - it would be super heat treated ( or possibly even pasturised) so some of the nutrients would be lost, then the commercial vacuum seal in the jar or pouch should also keep bacteria out until opened
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09-06-2012 09:30 #4
It's cooked fruit/vegetables which is then packed while still hot into sterile jars/sachets with little air in the packaging to contaminate it. This is method of preserving foods that has been used for a long, long time - talk to anyone who grew up on a farm pre-fridges. It will have the same nutrient content as cooked fruit/vegetables.
Do note though that many of these are very high in apples/fruit - low in veg. The sugar in apple is a natural preservative so will improve shelf life, plus makes it sweeter so bub likes it.
09-06-2012 12:09 #5
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09-06-2012 15:17 #6
I agree with above. It's the same method used for jars of pasta sauce or curry etc etc...
09-06-2012 15:21 #7
09-06-2012 16:22 #8
The funny thing is that cooking ANY food destroys some nutrients. We should eat all food raw.
I guess the question is how much difference there is between nutrient loss and heat treatment nutrient loss.
Given the foods you listed (potato, apple, carrot) I wouldn't have given my children thost foods at a very young age without cooking. Then again I still don't eat my potatoes raw.
09-06-2012 17:07 #9
09-06-2012 18:16 #10
Oh i understand now, thank you. It sounds like making jam. So if I take bub out for a long day, I can cook his food and store when still hot in a sterilised jar and it will be fine for the day, is it right?
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