My kids are all passed that age, not by much, but a little.
A few tips just from gagging children...spaghetti is an all time favorite, you just have to make sure you get all the noodles to be pretty short. I thought I had gotten them all done, but I missed one. And he gagged. he didn't choke, but it was very scarry.
Other major choking hazards-grapes, hard melon pieces, hot dogs (cutting them inot little pieces helps, but to be totally safe, peel them, so vienna sausages are really good).
I had seen on a couple other parenting boards a thing that looks like a big teething ring, but the top had like a piece of mesh cloth over it, where you could put a piece of fruit in. Then the baby chews and sucks and just tiny bits work out. Choking isn't a concern and they get to try something yummy and new.
Also, as soon as I had my babies try 'real' food, they didn't want a thing to do with jar food.
I think my favorite to give them would be any kind of pudding or mixed veggies. My oldest would pick out all the lima beans and make a tiny pile on her tray. So cute!
My second child did choke on baby cookies. Everyone said that they were totally safe for babies. That baby would get just the outside of the cookie mushy and suck it off. My son did that for about 5 minutes, and he sunk his little teeth in and snapped off the end and choked hard, very hard. It seemed like forever trying to get it out.
One other thing that my kids loved was tuna fish salads and sandwiches. Toast and grape jelly cut into squares.
And always when trying new foods, since they are already through jarred foods, then you just have to be careful about the highly allergic foods like peanut products, strawberries, tomatoes. Same rule as jar food, one a week to try out and monitor for reactions.
This is such a fun time! Ok, anytime they do anything new, it is so incredibly cool. My niece blew a rasberry today, I was thrilled!
I hope I contributed a little help!