There is real satisfaction about preparing homemade food for your baby. It puts you in complete control of what goes into your baby’s food and gives you peace of mind that they are intaking the correct nutrients without harmful preservatives. Of course you will need to store all that food safe-ly…so what are your options?
Ice Cube Tray Storage
You may question why mums seem obsessed with dropping baby food into ice cube trays, what is the advantage? Possibly the biggest advantage is that each ice cube segment gives about 1oz of food and therefore you can keep track of exactly how much food baby is eating. Additionally you will probably already have ice cube trays to hand, so there is no need to buy specialist storage pots.
Before pouring your puree into the ice cube trays, it is essential to ensure the tray is completely clean. Some parents prefer to sterilise the tray or soak in boiling hot water. Once clean, simply pour your prepared puree into the ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap.
Once your baby food has frozen in the trays, you can pop out each cube and store in freezer bags. This frees up your ice cube tray for another batch of food. Make sure you carefully label your freezer bags with the type of food and what date it was made.
If you do not have ice cube trays to hand, you could consider using the grease proof paper method. Simply drop your purees onto a baking tray which is covered with grease proof paper. Then pop the tray in the freezer. Once frozen place the clumps into labelled freezer bags.
Storing Baby Food In The Fridge
Baby food should be kept no longer than 48 hours in the fridge. If you are storing baby food in this way, then it is important to remember that you should never feed your baby straight from the stor-age pot and then return to the fridge. Saliva could potentially contaminate food.
If you want to invest in specific containers for storing your baby food, ensure that it is specifically manufactured to withstand freezing or heat. Never store baby food in glass jars as extreme tem-peratures could cause shards of glass to enter the food.