Storing Baby Food
Making your baby’s food at home will give him, or her, an excellent start on the road to a healthy diet. However, it is not practical to cook fresh food for every meal in such small amounts.
You will want to prepare baby’s foods in larger amounts and portion them so they will be convenient and quick to use -but it is important for you to know how to store them in a way that will keep them free from any risk of contamination.
Here are some ways of storing homemade baby food – with advantages and any disadvantages:
Ice Cube Tray & Freezer Bag
- Check manufacturer’s instructions for the ice cube trays – then either wash them in hot soapy water soak them in boiling water or use the sanitize setting on your dishwasher, as appropriate.
- Spoon or pour your purees into trays and cover with plastic wrap.
- When the purees are frozen you can pop out cubes as you need them or put them all into freezer bags.
- Label the trays or bags with the type of food and the date so you know what is in them and how long they’ve been stored.
- Ice cube trays are easily available, and they hold measurable quantities – usually about (30g/1oz) -so you will know how much your baby is eating.
- You can portion baby’s meals to avoid waste – bought baby foods often mean throwing some of it away.
- You can ‘batch make’ several trays at a time to avoid spending too much time in the kitchen!
- To reduce the risk of any contamination it is recommended that baby food is never stored in a refrigerator for longer than 48 hours – so your fridge is probably the least convenient or safe place to keep your homemade baby food.
- If you do store your baby’s food in the refrigerator,never feed baby directly from the original container then re-store the rest,as saliva may contaminate the food. Always take individual servings as you need them.
Wax Paper Sheets
- Drop a spoonfull of your pureed baby food onto a flat baking tray that has been covered with wax paper.
- When it is frozen, put the baby food ‘portions’ into freezer bags and label with the type of food and the date so you know what is in them and how long they’ve been stored.
- This method takes up a lot of freezer space at first!
- NEVER freeze anything in a glass container unless it is specifically labelled for freezing, as the glass could burst or get tiny fractures – you would not be able to see the microscopic shards of glass in your baby’s food!
Re-using Commercial Baby Food Containers
- It is possible to freeze homemade baby food in the plastic containers that some commercial baby food makers now use.
- There are now plastics that are made to withstand heat and freezing – check the labels on commercial baby foods, as some manufacturers use containers that are specifically for freezing.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.