When your little one is finally ready for solid foods, you will be so excited and all you want to do is to give her the best kind of baby food. This means that you will have to prepare your own baby food since they are higher in nutrients and also taste better. Freezing and defrosting homemade baby food is a great option especially for busy mommas.
According to Wholesome Baby Food, it is recommended that freshly pureed homemade baby food to be stored no longer than 48 hours in the refrigerator. This time limit ensures that the possibility of bacteria growth in the puree is kept at a minimum.
Here are 7 tips on how to freeze, thaw and reheat baby food.
1. Freeze in a cube tray
2. Label the bag
3. Thaw in the refrigerator
Simply take the food out from the freezer and into the refrigerator until it is thawed out. This method allows the food thaws out very slowly in order to maintain the nutrients.
4. Thaw in cold water
Put the frozen food inside a watertight bag and then submerge under cold water. Make sure that you do not use hot water it may encourage the growth of bacteria on the outer layer.
5. Thaw with microwave
6. Heat it up before feeding your baby
7. Do not refreeze
After heating baby food, feed your baby within two hours after sitting at room temperatures. Leftovers should not be stored again or refreeze as they can easily lead to food poisoning due to contamination.