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Q & A (Questions and Answers)

Blossom Foods' Products

Food Textures

Swallowing Disorders


Blossom Foods' Products

What makes Blossom Foods products special?
At Blossom Foods, we think everyone should be able to enjoy food - it's an important part of life. Because of that, we start with delicious recipes and quality ingredients. We then make these great tasting items into the textures that our customers desire and need. Each food has also been tested and tasted to ensure accurate texture and great taste.

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How do I cook Blossom Foods?
After removing the saran seal,each item is to be cooked in the microwave or conventional oven to a recommended internal temperature of 165 degrees. As microwave wattage varies, our studies show in a 1000 watt microwave, 2 1/2 minutes to 4 minutes is the recommended time to cook. Stir the product to assure even heating. Oven temperature at 350* reaching a minimum temperature of 165*, 14-16 minutes, is another option.

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What does the date on my container or box indicate?
The date is a 'best used by date' when the product is kept frozen. Once a Blossom Foods item remains thawed, it should be eaten within 7 days.

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Where are Blossom Foods products made?
Blossom Foods is located in San Francisco, CA. We have our own USDA inspected kitchen where all of our items are hand made and packed. We keep our control over quality and texture.

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Does making foods softer impact the nutritional value at all?
No…the texture of an item (pureed, ground, or chopped) does not impact its nutritional value

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Where are Blossom Foods items sold?
Blossom Foods is a young and growing company. Sales to institutions (hospitals, nursing homes, etc) is focused in CA. We ship all over the country, directly to your door. Yes, we have been asked many times about retail and we are considering this.

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Can I get Blossom Foods items shipped to my home?
Yes, Blossom Foods is shipped priority mail, USPS, direct to your door! We pack in custom coolers with both dry ice and gel packs. Some thawing may occur.

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Does Blossom Foods offer any kind of guarantee?
We think you'll like our products and stand behind them. If for any reason our customers are not happy we are committed to your satisfaction. Simply let us know ASAP of any issues and we will be happy to exchange/replace or refund your money.

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How can I pay for my food?
Blossom accepts Visa and Mastercard through our internet site with a secured server. We can also take your credit card information over the phone or bill you with your order for a check payment.

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Anything else I should know?
Yes, our entire team at Blossom Foods is committed to your satisfaction. Our goal is to keep the pleasure in mealtime regardless of the texture of food you eat. Do not hesitate to contact us with concerns, general questions, or information you may have regarding swallowing, food preferences, etc.

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Can I order directly, over the phone?
Yes, we are a small company dedicated to the individual consumer. Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to take your order, personally, over the phone.

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Is my order guaranteed?
Yes, each item is backed by our 100% satisfaction commitment.

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How is my order shipped?
Your food order will be packed in a custom cooler with dry ice and a 48 ounce iced gel pack. It is shipped via Federal Express. We ship Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday's, in order of receipt. Orders received after 9:00 am Wednesdays, will ship the following Monday.

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Food Textures

What is the difference between chopped, ground and pureed textures?
Pureed Foods are processed to a smooth, mashed potato-like consistency. Puréed foods should keep their shape when heated. (CAUTION: If any food does not purée into a smooth consistency, it may make eating or swallowing more difficult.) Ground foods are blended to ground/diced texture or ~1/4-inch pieces. These pieces of food are similar in size to rice. Chopped foods are ~1/2-inch pieces. These pieces of food are similar in size to uncooked elbow macaroni or croutons (small bread cubes).

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How do I know what texture of food to buy?
If you have been diagnosed with a swallowing problem, your therapist and doctor will prescribe the diet most appropriate. As you continue to improve, an upgrade in texture may be appropriate.

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How do I process some of my own food at home into either Ground or Pureed texture?
Using a quality food processor, place your cooked food item in and blend until the texture is desirable. You may need to add hot broth, milk or water to maintain moisture.

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What causes dysphagia?
Any condition that weakens or damages the muscles and nerves used for swallowing may cause dysphagia. Some medical diagnosis include: Parkinson's disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) Stroke, Myastenia Gravis, certain medications, Poor dentition, etc.

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Is baby food the same thing?
No, baby food is designed obviously for babies. Nutritionally different, baby food is often a wetter texture that may not be what you have been prescribed. Variety is also limited.

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How many people have dysphagia or swallowing problems?
It is estimated the 1 in 7 people have a swallowing problem. This is estimated to grow as the population ages.

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Swallowing Disorders

What is dysphagia?
Difficulty swallowing

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How do I know if I have a real swallowing disorder?
Your doctor will likely perform a physical examination and may use a variety of tests to determine the cause of your swallowing problem. He/she will get a detailed history from you and review your past medical conditions and medications you may be taking. Based on the results of your evaluation, you may be referred for further evaluations to a speech/language pathologist or another medical specialty. They will evaluate and recommend the appropriate diet level.

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What are some resources for individuals with swallowing disorders?
Your doctor and/or therapist will give you written information as well as internet sites that are readily available for educating you on swallowing.

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Are Blossom Foods items only for people with swallowing disorders?
No. There are a variety of reasons to choose softer foods in a variety of textures, including: dentition issues, fatigue, worsening of medical conditions, temporary medication reaction, etc.

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Can dysphagia be dangerous?
Dysphagia typically refers to difficulty in eating as a result of disruption in the swallowing process. Dysphagia can be a serious threat to one's health because of the risk of aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, and airway obstruction

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What are some of the signs or symptoms of dysphagia or a swallowing disorder
Signs include:

  • Pain while swallowing (odynophagia)
  • Not being able to swallow
  • Choking or coughing while eating
  • Sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest, or behind your breastbone (sternum)
  • Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Food or stomach acid backing up into your throat
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Coughing or gagging when swallowing

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