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#1 Seven of Nine

Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

My lovely FIL has recently eliminated preservatives from his diet for health reasons. I always make sure we have preservative-free meals when he comes to visit, but there are so many everyday foods which contain preservatives, margarine, wine, bread...

I want to surprise him with a package of food he can eat safely, things he might simply be going without, but I need ideas!

Today I made a batch of tomato sauce. What else is impossible to buy at the shops, but easily made preservative-free at home?

Edited by BabyGabi, 20 November 2012 - 04:40 PM.

#2 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

What about home made bread?
You could make some pizza bases and pizza sauce.
Home made biscuits.

Edited by Dylan's Mummy, 20 November 2012 - 05:06 PM.

#3 PatG

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:07 PM

Does sugar or salt count as a preservative in this instance?


Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 20/11/2012, 03:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does sugar or salt count as a preservative in this instance?

No, I think all the non-natural preservatives? I have a friend whose son is allergic/intolerant to preservative but natural preservative is perfectly fine for him.

#5 Seven of Nine

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:20 PM

Sugar and salt are fine AFAIK. He certainly eats them!

Jam and biscuits are great ideas! Thanks!


Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:20 PM

You could give butter a go, and make scones with the buttermilk. Jams, spreads, sauces would be a good idea too. Perhaps some biscuits, cakes or slices.

ETA: pasta, bread (could freeze the dough so he would just need to defrost and bake, pretty sure that's something that can be done).

Perhaps ask him what he misses or likes the most?

Edited by RunawayPrincess, 20 November 2012 - 05:23 PM.

#7 Roobear

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

Go into an organic store? They generally have a lot of packaged stuff that is preservative free.

#8 2bundles

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

I don't understand.  Are there ingredients that are called something else. I usually look for the word Preservative which usually has a 200 number after it. I don't find it difficult to buy things without it.

Butter, tomato sauce, bread etc

Sure some brands have it, but it is usually easy to find those that don't.

#9 imamumto3

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:07 PM

QUOTE (2bundles @ 20/11/2012, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't understand.  Are there ingredients that are called something else. I usually look for the word Preservative which usually has a 200 number after it. I don't find it difficult to buy things without it.

Butter, tomato sauce, bread etc

Sure some brands have it, but it is usually easy to find those that don't.


have a look at www.fedup.com.au  

that should have some useful tips.  this is the diet we follow and have seen great improvement in the kids

#10 Seven of Nine

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for the tips original.gif I know nothing about preservatives. I'll check out the link.

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