Tips For Preparing Meat Video Transcript

Tips For Preparing Meat Video Transcript

Tips for adding meat to your baby’s food. Iron is especially important for your baby to keep blood and brain cells healthy. Lean meat, chicken and fish contain lots of iron.

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[Sound of gas ring on stove being turned on]

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[Sound of meat cooking]

Voice

Iron's especially important for your baby to keep blood and brain cells healthy.

[Sound of cooking meat]

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Mum

So why is it important for babies to have iron? After six months?

Plunket clinical advisor

They've got iron stores in their body which they've had from
the time they're born and that starts to run out.

Mum

Yeah

Plunket clinical advisor

So that's important, now it's important to give them more iron so that they ... feeds their brain, keeps them alert and allows them that growth and development that they do so fast at this age. Are you smiling and laughing? Do you like being talked to?

So when she's had a few different veges, then you can start thinking about adding some meat to her meals, and you can just mince it up, puree it up and make sure it's really fine for her and add it to her already cooked ... or add it to her veges, or you can cook it with the veges and then puree it all together. You can also, if you've cooked a roast, like a roast chicken or a piece of lamb or something, once it's cooked and all the juice is underneath, you can take all the fat off that and if you let it get cold. It turns into like jelly, and so you can even freeze it in your ice-cube trays just like you do your veges, and add that to her veges too and she'll like that.

Mum

Oh yeah. So you get the iron from meats?

Plunket clinical advisor

Absolutely, from, most ... red meat is the best source of iron so mince is easy cos you can buy nice, fat free mince and you can just add bits of that. You could even freeze it in small portions. That'll be a nice new taste won't it?

[Baby noises and Mum laughs]

Mum

She thinks it's funny!

Plunket clinical advisor

She thinks it's funny!

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[Baby noises]

Voice

Lean meat, chicken and fish contain lots of iron.

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[Baby noises]

Lactation consultant/midwife

The smaller the better obviously so we'll ah ...

Mum

Oh yeah

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Voice

You can add meat to your baby's food by cooking and pureeing the meat and adding vegetable water, meat juices or water to make it thin if needed.

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Lactation consultant/midwife

Probably some people would in their household use a whizz or a like a potato masher or ...

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Mum

Yeah

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Lactation consultant/midwife

... a mouli to pound the meat and cos it's still a bit dry, they'll probably put a little bit of um water ... you know sometimes when you're cooking vegetables you've got some, you know, juice from the vegetable that you could make it a little bit softer

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Mum

Yep

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Voice

... or freezing uncooked meat and grating the frozen meat into your baby's raw vegetables before cooking.

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Lactation consultant/midwife

Right I've got some frozen chicken for us.

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Mum

Some chicken

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Lactation consultant/midwife

So what you're doing is you just um, you could just grate it and then we'll put, add it into the pot with your vegetables if you like.

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Mum

Grate frozen meat?

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Lactation consultant/midwife

Yeah.

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Mum

I've never done that before.

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Lactation consultant/midwife

OK so you'll be OK to grate a chicken?

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Mum

Yeah.

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Lactation consultant/midwife

Maybe it'll be better to hold it with the plastic there so ...

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Mum

Cross-contamination. Which grate should I use?

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Lactation consultant/midwife

That's right. Which one shall we have?

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Mum

The normal one?

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Lactation consultant/midwife

Yep.

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Mum

Good.

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Lactation consultant/midwife

Just watch your fingers.

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Mum

Would that be enough?

Lactation consultant/midwife

That's plenty I think.

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[Sound of pot cooking on stove]

This page last reviewed 17 July 2013.
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