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Perfect For Pureeing Foods

Recently, my mother-in-law fell severely ill and was put on Hospice, which is an unfortunate but inevitable part of life. She didn’t want to be in a nursing facility and preferred what most of us would do; to die peacefully at her home with her family nearby. We hired professional care at home, from a medical standpoint.

One of the major challenges was that she wasn’t able to swallow as safely as she once had according to her speech pathologist, so a good amount of her food needed to be pureed or finely chopped to ensure that she wouldn’t choke on them. Considering that my husband was the only local child of hers, with his brother and his wife living several states away and not being able to help very often, much of the weight fell on me. 

It turned out that I had the perfect tool for this challenge, so I didn’t mind that the extra work fell on my shoulders. My Cuisinart food processor was about to have its fifteen minutes of fame. 

It was certainly an experiment of figuring out which of her favorite foods were tolerable after being pureed or finely chopped. Personally, I have issues with texture, so it was interesting to say the least. There was a lot of trial and error, but we would find certain things that really made her happy, so I would make these things more often. 

Making small batches of these same things day in and day out became very tedious and overall exhausting. I started looking into hacks to make things in larger quantities. It turned out that there was a simple answer hiding in plain sight all along. I could order Cuisinart food processor replacement parts from KitchenWorksInc. 

I started off by ordering a larger bowl and an expanded feed tube to push more food in at once. What a difference it made! I was able to create much larger quantities, so rather than having to continuously make the same handful of things over and over, I could make larger batches and freeze them until they were needed.

The best part about all of this is that it allowed me to spend more quality time with my mother-in-law in her final days. That right there is priceless. She has since passed on, so the pureeing hasn’t been happening anymore. But realistically speaking, this most likely won’t be the last time this happens to someone that I love, or to a loved one of someone else that I know. Now I have the secret in this situation to be able to maximize those last quality moments with someone, rather than spending that time constantly preparing something for them in the kitchen. Nothing can compare to that. I could not be more thankful for that gift. 

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