Correctly freezing homemade baby food is key to preventing food contamination that could make your little one very sick. In this post, I share with you the easiest and safest ways in which to store your nutritious homemade baby food. I used these techniques with my children, and they worked very well every time.
Freezing homemade baby food makes it possible for you to cook baby food in batches, so you don’t have cook every time your baby needs a meal. Cooking in batches is a great way to save time, although you must take care to make the right amount of food.
Making nutritious homemade baby food helps you save some money too, so make only the amount of food that you think your baby will be able to eat before the food passes it’s “best before date.”
Methods For Freezing Homemade Baby Food
Homemade baby food should be frozen immediately after cooking. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, cooked baby food should not be left to stand at room temperature for more than 2 hours. If your homemade baby food is left at room temperature, it is wise to throw it away to keep your baby from getting sick.
Your freezer temperature must be at below 0 Fahrenheit. Freezers also work much better when full than when empty. You can even buy an appliance thermometer to monitor freezer temperatures. Most baby purees will keep for up two months in the deep freezer.
Freezing Homemade Baby Food In Ice Cube Trays
Once you have cooked your homemade baby food, it is essential that you freeze it immediately. The easiest way to do this is by using ice cube trays with a lid like these. Fill each cube with baby puree and freeze. You can then put the top on once the food has cooled down. When frozen, i.e., after 24 hours you can remove them from the tray and put them in freezer bags.
Freezing Homemade Baby Food In Special Food Containers
My favorite freezing method. Reusable BPA – free plastic baby food containers/pots are now readily available in most baby shops and some supermarkets. Some even come with trays for secure storage in the refrigerator or deep freezer.
It is a good idea to freeze baby food in BPA – free (Bisphenol A) reusable baby food pots. BPA is a toxic substance that can leach into your baby’s food during freezing or thawing/heating. Most companies manufacturing plastic baby feeding containers have now removed BPA from their products and now even indicate on the packaging that their products are BPA – free.
Baking/cookie sheet Method
This freezing method is easy if you have small baking sheets or sheets that would fit into your freezer. Put spoonfuls of freshly pureed baby food on to a sterilized baking sheet and put the sheet in the freezer. Once the food is frozen, you can remove from the sheet and place into freezer bags (label the packets, i.e., date and name of frozen puree) before retaining them in the freezer
Can I Freeze Homemade Baby Food In A Glass Jar?
Storing and freezing homemade baby food in ordinary glass jars is risky. The food you freeze will naturally contain some amount of water. When this water freezes, it will expand and put pressure on the walls of the glass jar causing it to crack. Now, you may not see the little shards of glass in the food, but if ingested these could cause avoidable injury to your little one. Freezing homemade baby food in glass jars is not a good idea at all.
Use glass jars are labeled as freezer safe to store your homemade baby food. These Wean Green glass baby food storage containers are perfect for the job.
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