FREEZING BABY FOOD: HOW TO FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD
After following the recipe and making your baby food, there are proper storage methods that need to be followed.
HOW TO FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD: HOW LONG CAN I REFRIGERATE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD?
Homemade baby foods should not be stored in the refrigerator longer than 48 hours, to be safe. Some literature states that 72 hours is still fine. It is better to play it safe with your little one using the 48 hour rule in order to ensure that no bacteria takes up residence in the prepared food. Breast milk is suggested to be stored for up to 72 hours in the refrigerator, but it does not contain dangerous bacteria. Rather, breast milk contains antibiotic properties.
HOW TO FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD: WHAT DO I FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD IN?
FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD IN ICE CUBE TRAYS
Ice cube trays: Ice cube trays can be used to freeze baby food. Ensure that the tray has been properly cleaned and sanitized prior to use, either using a dishwasher, or vigorous handwashing. Each cube on the tray equates to approximately one ounce of food, which is handy in monitoring how much food your baby is consuming. You can make a great amount of food using this method and once frozen, it is easy to pop the cubes out and store them in freezer bags. Be sure to label freezer bags, and do not keep the cubes LONGER than 3 months. After 3 months of freezer storage, consumption is not recommended.
FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD IN MASON JARS
Ball, who manufactures mason jars, makes 4 ounce jars made for freezing. Be sure to only use freezer approved containers, specifically for glass, as glass shatters when the water freezes and expands. You would not want your little one consuming glass shards!
FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS
If desiring to use plastic containers for freezing, ensure that it is freezer safe. Not all plastics are made for food storage, as they leak certain harmful chemicals into foods.
FREEZE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD IN SILICONE
Some manufacturers of baby products (Munchkin for example) have a line of storage containers for homemade food products. Certain products have a hard plastic lid with a silicone base. The silicone base is great for freezing, as the silicone expands with the food during the freezing process. The silicone is also flexible to allow for easy removal from the container.