HappiBebe Super Chef 2015 – Top 10 Finalists

Congratulations to the Top 10 Finalists of our HappiBebe Super Chef 2015 Contest!

After a month of heated race garnering Likes for their recipes in our Facebook, here are the Finalists who will be contesting in the ‘live’ Final Round:

Top 10

  1. Adelin Rachel Doss
  2. Ameera Shakila Sapian
  3. Angeline Ng
  4. Arina Yusof
  5. Ayi Sulaiman
  6. Harpreet Kaur
  7. Jennifer Lee
  8. Lau Min Fang
  9. Tan Po Lynn
  10. Zariah binti Zamaludin

All the best!

Stay tuned as we update you with the details and photos of the Final Round, scheduled in November 2015!

 

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How to Store Homemade Baby Food

Parenthood goes another notch more exciting when baby starts solids. While mixing and matching ingredients can be fun, preparing baby food can be a tiring affair too. One of the keys to making the process less time-consuming is to prepare baby’s foods in bulk.

As you learn what foods baby prefers, you may begin to double the amount cooked to store in the freezer. Just remember to store it safely so your baby can eat it at a later time. Here are some of the things to observe when preparing food for your little one:

  • Ensure that all your utensils, ingredients, work space and hands are very clean before you start cooking.
  • Get suitable storage containers ready – make sure they are also thoroughly clean and can be sealed correctly.
  • Divide your baby food into individual serves before you begin to feed your baby.
  • Never store leftover food from one meal with food from another.
  • Individual portions of baby food can be kept in the fridge for one day and in the freezer for up to a month.
  • For frozen baby food, defrost it overnight in the fridge.

Refer to these guidelines on storing baby food:

Refrigerator
Shelf life: Up to two days
Best storage method: Divide food into clean baby food jars or individual serving containers with lids.

Freezer
Shelf life: Up to three months
Best storage methods:
1) Freeze baby food in ice-cube trays and transfer the frozen cubes into an airtight container or ziplock bag.
2) Freeze baby food as ‘splats’ on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Once frozen, store in an airtight container and label it with the date and name of the food.

Ways to Thaw Frozen Baby Food Safely
Serve thawed food to baby within 48 hours after it is defrosted. Any leftovers not used within that time should be discarded.

  • Defrost in the fridge: Place frozen cubes or ‘splats’ into serving dish, cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  • Water bath: Place sealed frozen bag of purees in warm water. Once defrosted, portion the food into individual bowls, cover and place in the fridge until serving.
  • Defrost the food in the microwave: Place frozen puree cubes or “splats” into a microwave-safe dish, and cook using the DEFROST setting on the microwave. Stir and rotate the food often. Make sure the food is completely cool before serving.

At Happikiddo, we offer several varieties of safe and BPA-free food storage containers.

Avent Storage System
Avent Storage System
A versatile, BPA-free, space-saving storage system designed to grow with your baby. It allows you to use the same cup to express, store and feed breastmilk to your baby. Also useful for storing baby food, VIA cups have twist-on, leak-proof lids for safe storage in the fridge, freezer or on the road.

Beaba Multiportions Silicone
Beaba Multiportions Silicone
Designed for freezing and storing a la carte foods for baby, it comprises seven individual 2 oz portions and is made from high quality, platinum grade silicone. Just pop out a single portion of frozen food when it’s feeding time. It’s also freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.

 

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Beaba BabyPortion
Perfect for storing, heating and freezing homemade baby food, these come in 3 sizes of 120ml, 240ml and 420ml. Airtight and leak-proof lids ensure food stays fresh while stackable sizes nest together perfectly in your cabinet. Also compatible with Beaba Babycook.

OxoTot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers

EASY Baby Food Storage Cups
Ideal for storing and serving food or breastmilk in small portions. Space saving with 8 cups of 2 oz each, its easy to close lid maintains freshness. BPA- and microwave-safe.

OxoTot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers
OxoTot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers
Each container fits into the freezing tray, and has measurement markings to make portioning a snap. For on the go, they are airtight, watertight and leakproof. 

Shop online here or visit us at any of our stores for more choices.

Top Tips On Preparing Homemade Baby Food

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This month, we get upclose and personal with Norasyikin Abd Wahid – the Founder and Owner of Bebetummy – a proudly Malaysian-operated online food store that produces quality halal homemade frozen food for babies, toddlers and kids. Bebetummy meals are healthy, has no preservatives and are made with love and attention.

Through her years of experience and passion in making homemade baby meals, Asyikin shares some useful tips on starting solids and getting ready for weaning:

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Q: What are the basic kitchen essentials needed to make baby food?
Basic essentials to make baby food are clean knife, steamer/pot/pan, a food processor/hand blender/normal blender and good containers for storage. 

Q: In your opinion, what are the best cooking methods for baby food?
In our opinion, the best cooking method is by baking the fruits and vegetables as that is the best way to preserve nutrients from the foods. But steaming is one good and easy (quick) way too.  The rule goes as; the more water you use (like boiling), the more we lost the nutrients. 

Q. How do you recommend mums to store and thaw/reheat baby food?
First, you need good storage containers and using BPA free containers are the best. Find small size containers and store the food according to your child’s eating portion. Keep the food frozen in -18c and the food should last up till 6 months. For thawing, you can just let the frozen food at room temperature to make the food defrost. Then, just reheat the food using food/milk warmer, or on a stove, or using microwave. Make sure the temperature is suitable before feeding your child.

Q: Please share your top 3 tips on weaning and preparing food for baby/toddlers.
Tip #1: Wash fruits and vegetables with special detergent using to wash fruits and vegetables or use vinegar and water to wash them.
Tip #2: Make a meal planner for your baby and plan on the menu before you start buying ingredients and cook. Try to make variety of menus. 
Tip #3: Set a good environment and a routine for your baby meal time.

Bebetummy yummylicious homemade meals will be available at Happikiddo stores soon.

In collaboration with Bebetummy and Beaba Malaysia, we recently rolled out the HappiBebe Super Chef Contest. Stand a chance to win Bebetummy vouchers worth RM250 along with a mini portable fridge to store your baby food and breastmilk. All three winners will also have their signature recipes created as products for Bebetummy.

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More details of the contest here. Hurry, contest entry closes on 30th September 2015. Enter now!