Storing Baby Food

.tags Start by cooking the vegetable/fruit either by steaming, baking, micro- waving or boiling. Steaming maintains the most nutrients.

Steaming, baking and boiling all allow for big batches to be made at one time. Microwave if you have a small appliance or for when you plan to puree only a full ice tray of food.

Many parents prefer to not use a microwave, and rather steam or bake. Set aside the liquid that the vegetables/fruits were cooked in.

This will be the liquid you add to make the puree. Take the vegetable/fruit and put them into the machine you have decided to use for pureeing.

Set your machine to puree or grind and begin to mash the vegetables/fruits. As you are pureeing or grinding, add the liquid or plain water.

You may use formula or breast milk if you so desire. These liquids give a little nutritional boost and add a familiar taste for baby.

For every type of machine you may use to puree, the secret seems to be in how much you put in the container baskets to begin with. Once you have a nice liquid puree, you will then transfer the puree into ice trays for freezing/storage.

You can clean and sterilize most ice trays in the top rack of your dishwasher. Scoop your prepared homemade baby cuisine into the ice tray sections.

If you prefer, you can put the baby food in a freezer bag, cut of a small portion of the corner, and fill the tray. Fill each cube with the puree, as though you were filling the tray with water to make ice cubes.

Cover the tray with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. Foil may also be used; however, is not recommended as shards of the foil may be left on/in the cubes.

If you prefer, you can even purchase ice cube trays with lids. Place the ice cube trays in your freezer and freeze until the cubes are solid.

Repeat this process until you have filled all the trays and no puree remains. Once the cubes of puree have set and are frozen, take the trays out of the freezer and transfer the cubes into freezer bags.

Be sure to label the bag with the date of preparation as well as the type of food. The cubes should be used within 1-3 months of freezing.

Each cube is equal to approximately 1 ounce of food. Fruits should be cooked until baby is between 7-8 months of age; but bananas & Avocados do not need to be cooked.

If you do not have a steamer basket, simply add an inch or 2 of water to your pot and steam the food. Use a timer so that you will remember to check on the water level in the pots you are cooking your baby cuisine in.

This will help you to not burn your pots and pans and the cuisine itself. Do not thin baby food purees with the water from carrots or other high nitrate veggies for a baby under 8 months old.

Do not use previously frozen breast milk to thin baby food purees that you will then freeze; previously frozen breast milk should never be frozen for a second time. You can freeze homemade baby cuisine prepared with fresh breast milk or water, but do not freeze homemade baby cuisine prepared with formula.

Peel all fruits & veggies until your pediatrician says that it’s ok for baby to eat the peels and skins of fruits & veggies. This is typically between 8-10 months of age.

You can also freeze homemade baby cuisine in mini muffin tins or any other containers that are equal to the portion size you need. You can also use empty baby food jars for more storage needs.

Once you have cleaned the jars thoroughly, place them upside down on a towel or in the dish drainer to dry. You will want to make sure the insides are completely dry before adding food to them.

When they are dry, decide on what to store in them. You can put macaroni, rice, dry beans, cereal, sugar, flour or whatever you like.

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