FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSPuree Molds and Roulade

 

What are your puree food molds made from?

Beware cheap and poor quality imitations!! Our Plastic Puree Food Molds are made from 2mm thick, durable, opaque, food grade polypropylene and are the only plastic food molds that come with a patented food safe lid and are BPA free. 

Our Silicone Puree Food Molds are made from top quality 3mm thick 100% FDA approved silicone.

Are the puree food molds dishwasher safe?

Yes. Both the silicone and plastic food molds are dishwasher safe making cleaning a breeze.

Are the puree food molds oven safe?

Only the Silicone Puree Food Molds are safe for use in ovens and microwaves up to a temperature of 465°F or 230°C. It is NOT advised to use the Plastic Puree Food Molds in the oven.

What is the average lifespan of the food molds?

With correct use and cleaning after use both the silicone and plastic molds will last for many years.

Can puree food molds only be used in cook fresh catering systems?

No. Our molds have been successfully implemented into cook fresh, cook freeze and cook chill catering systems. 

Does molding puree food take more time ?

No. In fact quite the opposite. Using puree food molds will actually save you time. Consider all the time you spend cooking and preparing puree food every day, plus the time spent cleaning the blender numerous times in one day each time you want puree a different food. Using food molds you may only have prepare puree food once a week ! By preparing puree food in larger batches, placing them in the food molds & freezing them for later use, there is a significant reduction in time spent preparing puree meals, and cleaning the food blender multiple times afterwards !  

How do I ensure I get the best food mold results every time?

When you're ready to use molded food made in the plastic molds simply pop the frozen molded food items directly onto a plate exactly as you would like it presented as a meal, cover with cling wrap or plate cover and allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. The next day simply cover molded meals with a heat proof lid and re-heat either in a Bain Marie with an undercarriage hot box, in the oven on a gentle heat, or in Burlodge style retherm system.

When using the silcione molds, remove mold containing texture modified food from freezer and place directly into  oven and reheat on a low to moderate temperature. When food safe temperature of food contents is reached, remove hot silicone mold from oven using thick cotten gloves or similar and turn hot molded food over directly onto plates.

Why do some molded puree foods not keep their shape when heated?

Due to the unique properties of different foods (water content, molecular structure) some puree foods molded may not keep their shape as well as others when reheated. For this reason be very careful how much fluid is added to the blender when preparing the puree mixture to ensure the right consistency before placing into the molds. Its also important to always add a sufficent amount of food thickener (potato flakes, Thick and Easy, food starch) to the mixture. This will ensure the shape of the mold is maintained and the fluid doesn’t leak out or separate from the food. When adding thickener slowly add small amounts so as not to over thicken the mixture. Blend in thoroughly until the mixture reaches a firm consistency that will hold on a spoon inverted or will retain its texture when forked. Then simple place the texture modified food into the molds using a spatula. Easy !

Reheating molded meals in a microwave can also cause molds to lose their shapes due to the harsh nature of this reheating method often causing food molds to ‘bleed out’. If attempting to microwave molded meals always use a low power setting with a microwave safe cover to ensure my uniform reheating.

Is there any way of improving the nutritional content of puree food?

Food intended to be pureed is often overcooked and/or has water added to it when it is blended, resulting in a lower nutritional content then normal textured food. Individuals on a texture modfified diet generally have smaller apetites and tend to fatigue quicker when eating their meals resulting in individuals not always meeting their dietary needs. So consider adding small amount of butter/oil/margarine and an small amount of protein powder (Enrich Plus - Whey Protein Isolate) to your puree mixture to increase the protein and energy content of the food without compromising the flavour.

Are all foods acceptable on pureed diet?

No. Some foods are not recommended to be used in a puree diet. For more information on this consult your Speech Pathologist or have a look at the Texture Modified Diets section of this website for acceptable and not acceptable foods for people on a puree diet.