|All my sealed food (so far) ready for a trip to Texas!!|
We're traveling to Texas at the end of this month and ever since our vacation was scheduled, we've been talking about how to handle food for Sadie while we're not at home. She can only eat purees and still gets at least 1 tube feeding a day. We did consider bringing along the blender, since we'll be in a condo and have a full kitchen. But then we sort of agreed that we'd just buy the packaged baby food when we get there...Sadie can eat it, but it can also be watered down and put through her tube if necessary. The thing is, that packaged food is EXPENSIVE!! Sadie' probably can eat 2 packets at a time, at $1.29 each, 5 times a day?!!!
No thank you.
I'm not very good at math, but I can figure out that it'd be cheaper to bring our own food...so how do we do that? I got my little Mommy-brain wheels turning and I was thinking that I need a way to package our homemade food the way the store packages their food so that it's preserved and we can take it out with us in the diaper bag all day, etc.
And then it hit me! Food Saver machine!
We don't have one of these, but my neighbor does, so I started asking her questions. She told me sure it'll keep in the fridge for 5 or 6 days, and it'll be fine for a few hours in the diaper bag! Excellent. So, we borrowed hers (although, after this, now I want my own!!) If after this, you think this might be a good investment, I priced them at Target around $75 and the bags are about $20 for like a million of them. Actually, not a million, but it's basically a big roll (the one I bought is 20ft long) and you can cut the bags to whatever size you need.
|Here's what a Food Saver looks like. It's small and easy to store.|
|These are the bags I bought. I think they were like $17.99 or something at Target.|
|This is all the food I made ahead of time and froze into ice cube trays.|
|Then I cut the Food Saver bag to the size I wanted|
|I sealed one end of the bag prior to filling it...this takes about 15 seconds.|
|I put the desired amount of cubes into the bag and then hit the vacuum and seal button. It sucks all the air out and seals it for me.|
I also called TSA (THAT was an adventure in and of itself) because I was worried that I was going to go through all this work and then have them open my suitcase and throw it all out anyway...and then we'd be back where we started, buying expensive packaged food! The lady on the phone wasn't immensely helpful, but she did tell me that I could put a cooler in my suitcase and that I might want to do that to try to keep them as cool/frozen as possible while traveling. She also told me that certain foods will trigger security, even in checked bags, and if that happens they'll have to open my suitcase. I asked her if that happens if they'll throw out the food in question...of course she didn't know. Why would I think that TSA could be helpful???
So, there you have it...my genius idea. I will be back to let you know if it works, and how it goes. Has anybody else done something similar when traveling? Or have you done something different that worked? I'd love to hear about your adventures with tube food!!