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Freezing baby food safely is key in preventing food contamination that could make your little one very sick. In this article we point out the easiest and safest ways in which to store your nutritious homemade baby food.
Freezing homemade baby food makes it possible for you to cook baby food in batches, so you won'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 is supposed to help you save some money too, so make only the amount of food that you think your baby will be able eat before the food passes it's "best before date."
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 or below 0 Fahrenheit. Try and see to it that your freezer is full as freezers work much better when full than when empty. You can also buy an appliance thermometer to monitor freezer temperatures. Most baby purees (offal will keep for up 4 weeks only) will keep for up 2 months in the deep freezer.
Once you have cooked your homemade baby food, it is important that you freeze it immediately. The easiest way to do this is by using ice cube trays with a lid (baby shops usually stock them). Fill each individual cube with baby puree and freeze. You can then put the lid on once the food has cooled down. When frozen i.e after 24 hour you can remove them from the tray and put them in freezer bags.
My favorite freezing method. Reusable BPA - free plastic baby food containers/pots are now easily available in most baby shops and some supermarkets. Some even come with trays for easy 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 as BPA is a toxic substance that can leech into your baby's food during freezing or thawing/heating. BPA is now banned for use in the manufacturing of baby food storage containers in the European Union and in a lot of other countries too. 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.
This freezing method is easy if you have small baking sheets or sheets that would fit easily into your freezer. All you need to do is put spoonfuls of unused 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 bags i.e date and name of frozen puree) before retaining them to the freezer
Honestly, storing and freezing home cooked baby food in glass jars is risky and should not be done - at all. The food you freeze will obviously contain some amount of water, and 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 fragments 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. Most if not all reusable baby food storage containers are made of plastic and are safe.