Creating top quality puréed foods at Nellsar

Enhancing a purée diet with fortification, flavour and appearance

Dysphagia is a medical term for swallowing problems or difficulties, and it is very common in the elderly. It can be very uncomfortable in some cases and can put people off eating all together.

To ensure all our residents receive a range of well-balanced and tasty meals, our Head of Catering Services, Adrian Silaghi, constantly strives for new ways to fortify the puréed foods we serve our residents. Adrian and our team of Chefs pay special attention to making sure the meals retain their visual appeal and tempting flavours in a variety of ways:

High calorie ingredients: Instead of using water to dilute our blended food, we use high calorie, flavoursome ingredients such as full fat milk or cream, milk fortified with milk powder, melted butter, oil, sugars, honey, syrup, juice, gravy and other sauces.

Strong flavours: Foods with distinct flavours often encourage our residents to enjoy their food more. We enhance certain foods with extra flavours such as cinnamon in porridge, parmesan and stilton rather than cheddar, mild curry, chilli and sweet and sour sauce. We also use herbs including thyme, sage, tarragon, oregano, basil, garlic.

Natural colouring: To enhance the appearance of puréed food, we often brighten its colour using foods such as carrots, spinach, beetroot, tomato purée, blackcurrants or blackberries.

Cooking methods: We always cook our foods using the best possible method to bring out the optimum flavour and texture in everything we serve to our residents. For example, poaching and simmering will soften ingredients, but browning and roasting will develop better flavour.

Contact Adrian.Silaghi@Nellsar.com for more information.

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Nellsar has 13 Care Homes throughout Kent, Surrey and Essex

Care Home in Bromley

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home in Maidstone

Meyer House Care Home
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Sonya Lodge Care Home in Dartford

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The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

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St Winifreds Care Home in Deal, Kent

St Winifreds Care Home
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Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
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Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

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Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home Surrey

Princess Christian Care Home
SURREY

Silverpoint Court Residential
Care Home ESSEX

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

The Old Downs Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential
Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Care Home in Bromley

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

The Old Downs Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

St Winifreds Care Home in Deal Kent

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home
WOKING

Silverpoint Court Residential Care Home
CANVEY ISLAND