Did you know food can look appealing even if it is created for a textured diet?
Textured diets are extremely important for many residents living in care homes, textures can vary from completely pureed food with no lumps to a fork mashed texture. Textured diets can be necessary for various reasons including specific digestive concerns.
Producing food for textured diets can often seem deflating for many chefs, the idea of cooking yummy home cooked food only to pop it in a blender, however this process enables vulnerable people to continue enjoying food as much as possible. This is of course really important for their ongoing health.
It is important to remember that even food that has been created in a textured form can still be made to look appealing. Let’s face it who wants to sit down and eat a bowl of bland, beige food? The truth is not many of us would want that would we? Food can be made into a masterpiece regardless of its texture. Bright colours and creative presentation can turn a textured diet into a wonderfully appetizing meal for many residents.
A good way of making the food more appealing and presenting it in a nicer way would be to keep food groups separate as you would when eating a non-textured diet e.g if you are serving carrots and peas blend them separately and serve them well presented on the plate. This means the food retains its original colour and flavour rather than having everything mashed together where it loses colour and flavour.
Never feel that producing food for a textured diet is a waste of good cooking, instead remember that you are helping vulnerable/elderly people enjoy food for what could be their last years. That is something to be proud of.
Written by Rachel Manaton,
Chef Consultant at Back-2-Front Chef Recruitment Agency.