Methods of Storing Homemade Baby Food
Most parents have misconceptions like:
- Cooking food for infants and toddlers takes loads of time.
- Making homemade baby food is expensive and difficult.
- Storing homemade baby food purees is a hassle.
The truth of the matter is that cooking and storing homemade baby food is easy and quick. Preparing baby food purees at home does not mean spending hours and hours in the kitchen. It is possible to cook and store baby food quickly and efficiently. Once you start making homemade baby food purees, you will realize that the quickest and most efficient way is to cook in advance and just store the food purees in the freezer. There are a variety of methods that parents can use to store homemade baby food purees. Here are the most popular methods:
Ice Cube Trays
Regular ice cube trays can be used to store baby food in the freezer. The standard sized tray contains cubes that hold about an ounce each. All you have to do is clean the tray thoroughly, spoon or pour the homemade food purees into the ice trays and cover it up with plastic wraps. It is important to date the tray so that you know when the puree was made and its ‘best before’ date. In general, if purees are frozen immediately they can be consumed for up to 3 months.
In the Refrigerator
One of the most convenient and UNHEALTHY ways of storing homemade baby food is by placing containers in the refrigerator. It is recommended that baby food stored in refrigerators be consumed within 48 hours because of the risk of bacterial contamination. If you choose to store food like this, always remember to use a clean spoon to remove individual servings from the container. Never use the container for feeding directly and then re-store it.
Reusable Food Pouches
Reusable baby food pouches are a popular option when it comes to storing homemade baby food purees. Each GoFreshBaby food puree pouch holds 5 ounce servings. These pouches are completely BPA and Phthalate free, they can be frozen and then thawed by placing the pouch in warm water. You can also refrigerate the pouch in advance till the food puree reaches the right temperature. These freezer-safe pouches are a convenient option because they can be stored in ice packs if you are traveling with your little ones. Simply loosen the cap and squeeze out any air bubbles in the pack before you freeze it.
Don’t use old glass containers or commercially produced glass baby food containers for freezing and storing baby food unless they are specifically labelled for freezing as the glass may burst and leave behind miniscule glass shards in your baby’s food.