Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Plastic-Free Kitchen: Carrot Baby "Spoons"

Plastic baby and children's products that claim to be "BPA-free" are still likely to contain some of the 10,000 other unregulated chemicals used in plastic, especially if they are made in China.

To get around using plastic baby spoons, I carved up carrots to make grippy "spoons" that are also general chew toys.

image: audrey mei

However, cut carrots don't keep long; they either dry out or become slimy in the refrigerator. So I carved the carrots into notched "spoon" shapes – the notches shouldn't be too deep otherwise the carrot breaks – and blanched them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Then, I cooled them in ice water and stored them in water in the fridge. This process softens the carrots slightly and kills off the natural enzymes in the vegetable that cause spoilage. Change the water daily or so and they'll keep for up to 2 weeks.

I smear avocado, mashed sweet potato, or whatever on the spoon and baby does the rest. Eventually I will move on to olive-wood baby spoons, but for now I'm enjoying not having to shovel food into a squirming baby's mouth.

image: audrey mei

For more information about plastics, watch Werner Boote's documentary "Plastic Planet" here.

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