How to Store Homemade Baby Food


Pureed Baby Food in a Ice Cube Tray

Storing homemade baby food is an easy process that will save you time and money! Just follow these simple guidelines and steps!

Freezing Baby Food Guidelines

  • Never freeze baby food in glass containers because glass can expand and break.
  • Never put hot baby food food directly into the freezer. Let it cool down on the counter first because hot baby food could lower the freezer temperature. 
  • Ice crystals on baby food is okay, but baby food with freezer burn should be thrown out. Ice crystals are simply frozen water and can be expected, while freezer burn is gray or brownish in color.
  • Don’t over pack your freezer because airflow keeps food at a steady temperature. 

Thawing Baby Food Guidelines

  • Never defrost and refreeze baby food. You can use frozen fruits and veggies to make baby food and then freeze it because those foods aren’t cooked before they are packaged. 
  • Never defrost food at room temperature because it invites bacteria into the food.
  • Warm up food in glass containers. BPA is common in plastic containers and can stick to food when it is warmed up.

 

Storing Homemade Baby Food Guidelines


Refrigerator

  • Fresh or thawed fruits & veggies can be stored in the refrigerator up to 48 hours in a sealed glass container.
  • Meat can be stored in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.

Freezer

  • All baby food can be safely stored in the freezer up to 3 months.

Deep Freezer

  • All baby food can be safely stored in the deep freezer up to 6 months, but try to use it up by 3 months.

 

How To Freeze Baby Food


*Make sure you always wash your hands before handling baby food.

  1. Clean ice trays with soap and hot water.
  2. Pour baby food into ice trays.
  3. Let hot baby food cool off on counter.
  4. Cover ice trays with plastic wrap.
  5. Put in freezer for 24 hours.
  6. After 24 hours, pop baby food out from ice trays onto a cutting board.
  7. Place 4 to 5 cubes of baby food into each sandwich ziploc bag.
  8. Write food and date on ziploc bag with a black sharpie or another permanent marker.
  9. Place the ziploc bags into the freezer or deep freezer.

How To Serve Homemade Baby Food


*Make sure you always wash your hands before handling baby food.

  1. Put 1 – 2 cubes into a BPA free glass container.
  2. Warm up cubes on defrost setting for 15 seconds, stir with spoon and repeat.
  3. Heat up until food is warm. 
  4. Let the baby food cool off if it is hot to the touch. You want it to be warm, not hot.
  5. Bacteria from your baby’s mouth transfers into the food when you feed your baby. I recommend throwing out anything your baby doesn’t eat.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Linda

    Rachel what a wonderful site! I wish you were around when I had babies! Your recipes are easy to follow and so nutritious. I love the fact that you have your sister give pertinent information on raising children. What a great addition. I am forwarding your website to my son for my grand babies. Great job!

  2. Rachel what an amazing website you have created! This is perfect for the first time parents, or families who want to switch their babies to a more natural and nutritious life! I wish this site was around when I was a new mother to my son! I love everything about your site, the topics and well thought out directions, food stages, age brackets, and the adorable baby pics! Great job! God bless and best wishes!

    • Thank you so much, Crystal! I really take that to heart. We love our little ones and we all want the best for them. That is why I created this site. I want to help guide parents give their babies the best start in life!!! Thank you for visiting!!

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