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How To Store Homemade Baby Food

Making your own baby food is a healthy and cost-effective option, but all your efforts can be wasted if you don’t know how to properly and safely store your homemade purees. Having the right refrigeration and freezing information, as well as the right storage tools, is key.

Refrigerating and Freezing Your Homemade Baby Food

Homemade purees can be stored safely in your refrigerator for up to 72 hours, so if you’re planning to keep your homemade baby food in the fridge, we recommend that you puree very small batches every other day. Keep in mind, too, that you should never serve food to your baby out of a storage container — saliva contains bacteria that will spoil food. Instead, dish a small amount of food into a separate bowl and feed your baby from that.

Homemade purees can be stored safely in your freezer for up to 6 months (although to ensure the best possible quality, you should use them up by 3 months). Most parents prefer freezing their homemade baby food, simply because they can cook up big batches at one time and then freeze the leftovers for months.

To freeze your purees conveniently, we recommend the “ice cube” method:

  • Spoon a small amount of puree into each little well of an ice cube tray and freeze.
  • Pop the frozen puree cubes into a freezer-safe storage bag. It’s a good idea to label the bags for future use (it can be hard to tell peas from green beans when they’re in ice-cube form!) You should also write the date on the bag, to ensure freshness.
  • To serve, simply thaw cubes in the refrigerator, then gently warm them before feeding the food to your baby.

Refrigerate or Freeze? Which method is better?

For obvious reasons, freezing makes the most sense when it comes to storing your homemade baby food. Freezing makes the food-making process much more convenient — you can whip up big batches of baby food at a time and freeze leftovers for later, instead of having to make small batches of food every few days.

Freezing can also help you take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are generally priced lower at the supermarket when they’re in season; take advantage of these sales to stock up on seasonal produce and make lots and lots of baby food with it. For example, if you find peaches on sale at 79 cents a pound during the summer, buy in bulk and then make a boatload of peach puree to freeze! Your baby will get the benefits of fresh fruit, and your wallet will get the benefit of buying in season.

Finally, freezing your homemade baby food can help you control quantity and minimize waste. Each frozen cube of puree is approximately 1 oz. of food, so it’s easy for you to know exactly how much your baby is eating. What’s more, having small, frozen cubes of food allows you to minimize the chances of leftover, wasted food at the end of a meal.

As with pureeing, having the right food storage utensils is important if you plan to make your baby’s food yourself. Visit our recommended products page for a listing of items that’ll help you store your baby’s food easily and safely.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

How do you store your baby’s food? Any favorite storage products?

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Recommended Baby Feeding Products: Everything You Need To Make Baby Feeding A Breeze!

Feeding your baby doesn’t require fancy gadgets or expensive equipment — if you have a bowl and a spoon, you are well on your way!  But sometimes, a product comes along that makes the baby feeding process so much easier, it’s well worth the money spent.

Below are a few of the recommend products that we think will help make your baby feeding a breeze.

Nursing

Products that’ll help make nursing easy and convenient

Udder Covers

No more fear of “accidental flashing” — Udder Covers let you discreetly and fashionably nurse in public!  We love this nursing cover’s line of patterns — everything from whimsical to romantic to chic.  And the name?  So clever! 🙂

 

Baby Feeding Products:

Everything you need to take the fuss out of feeding your baby

Baby Earth

Make babyearth.com your one-stop shop for all your baby’s feeding equipment.  Babyearth.com offers an array of feeding accessories, from bibs and bowls to bottles and breastpumps.  Even better:  babyearth.com offers high-quality, innovative products that’ll make feeding your baby a snap.
 
 
The Tripp Trapp Highchair

A high chair that grows with your baby?  Yes, please!  The award-winning Tripp Trapp is fully adjustable and works for all ages of children, from birth through the teen years.  In fact, it can even be converted into a chair of adults!  What’s more, the Tripp Trapp’s solid wood construction and sleek, minimal design make it sturdy and attractive.
 
BabyBjorn Bib
 
You may have used those little “drooler” bibs with your baby before — the little cotton ones, with the cute decals. They’re adorable, but they’ll prove fairly useless as actual feeding bibs.  Instead, we recommend you get a separate set of larger, waterproof, easy-to-clean feeding bibs.  We like the ones that have a big pocket in the front (to catch spilled food — there’ll be lots of it!).  This one, by Baby Bjorn, is great — it’s made of soft, rubbery plastic, so it’s easy to wipe down after a meal.  And the neck closure is adjustable, ensuring a great fit.
 
 
OXO Tot Feeding Spoons

You’re going to be using your baby spoons A LOT, so it makes sense to get quality ones. 

We adore these cool spoons from OXO; with their soft tips and ergonomic handles, they make feeding easier for everyone. And they’re BPA-free, so you can rest assured that they’re safe for you to use with your baby.
 
 
Gerber Graduates Bunch-A-Bowls With Lids

When you’re first introducing solids, you’ll just need a handful of good, plastic bowls.  

We like these, from Gerber — they come in nice colors, and they include fitted lids, which makes food storage a snap. And they’re also BPA-free, which makes them perfectly safe for holding hot foods.
 
 
Nuk Silicone Spout Learning Cup

You won’t be weaning your little one off of breastmilk or formula when you start offering solid foods; on the contrary, breastmilk and/or formula should be your baby’s primary source of nutrition for the first year.  But at some point (around 8 or 9 months, perhaps), you’ll want to think about introducing a sippy cup.  This’ll give your baby plenty of time to get used to a new way of drinking milk. 

We like this NUK Silicone Spout Training Cup. It’s bottom-heavy, meaning fewer spills, and the silicone spout offers built-in leak protection. No valve!

Baby Food Preparation Products:

Solid, basic tools to help you get started making your own baby food

Chef Craft Steamer Basket

At 6”, this high-quality stainless steel steamer basket fits perfectly into smaller sauce pans and is just the right size for making baby food.

 

 

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor

The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor makes pureeing baby food a breeze.  It’s compact (9”) and lightweight enough to store easily in a cabinet, and the plastic bowl and lid are dishwasher safe.

 

 

OXO Food Mill

The OXO Food Mill helps you make everything from smooth purees to the chunkier textures that your baby will eat as she gets older.  The three stainless steel discs help you achieve a variety of textures, and the interior stainless steel bowl can handle steaming hot food with no problems.

 

OXO Food Masher

This simple little OXO food masher has a comfort grip handle to make mashing even easier.  The best part?  The whole thing can go straight into the dishwasher.

 
 

Baby Food Makers:

You don’t need specialty appliances to make baby food, but sometimes, the convenience they provide is worth the investment.

Beaba Babycook

The Beaba Babycook is a one-of-a-kind countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits and meats in less than 15 minutes, while preserving their vitamins and flavors. It then purees and blends them to the desired consistency. You can also use the Babycook to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods.

 

Baby Brezza

The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker is the one and only baby food maker that automatically blends food after steaming, for a true one step, simple cooking process. This patented, multi-functional baby food maker allows you to steam and blend fruits, vegetables, fish and meats to create healthy, homemade purees for your baby.  The simplest way to give baby nutritious meals and a wholesome start to life.

Baby Food Storage Products:

Products to help you store your homemade baby food safely and conveniently

Mumi & Bubi Solids Starter Kit

You can freeze your homemade puree in plain old ice cube trays, but why not upgrade to the Mumi & Bubi Starter Kit?  Two trays hold 42 1 oz. cubes of food, making it easier than ever to prepare you baby food in bulk.  And the convenient, snap-on lids prevent contamination and freezer burn.

 

OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Set

Once your baby’s graduated to larger food portions, these OXO Baby Blocks freezer containers provide the perfect way to freeze the quantities he needs.  Available in two sets (4 4 oz. blocks or 6 2 oz. blocks), these blocks are great for freezing homemade food or as a convenient container for snacks.  The containers themselves are airtight, leakproof, and safe to use in the dishwasher and microwave.

Pre-Made Baby Food:

No time to make baby food?  Check out these resources for healthy pre-made baby food.

Happy Baby Food

Happy Baby Food offers a complete line of healthy, organic food for babies and toddlers.

 

 

 

Other Resources

Label Daddy

Label Daddy’s line peel-and-stick labels can be personalized with your baby’s name.  And because they’re washable, they’re the perfect labels for your baby’s feeding supplies.

 

 

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook

This cookbook pairs simple, delicious baby food recipes with gorgeous photos, making it a book that’s as beautiful as it is useful.

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

Any favorites of your own to add to the list?  Share your “must-haves” below!

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Should You Make Your Own Baby Food?

Make Your Own Baby Food

Now that you’ve started your baby on solid foods, you’re probably realizing that you have a few choices: you can either buy your baby’s pureed food at the grocery store, or you can make it yourself . Which option is best? This article will explore the pros and cons of buying pre-made baby food and making your baby’s food yourself.

Buying Pre-Made Baby Food: The PROS and CONS

THE PROS

  • It’s convenient. Jarred baby food offers a convenience factor that homemade baby food simply doesn’t. Sure, there are gadgets out there that make the process of producing homemade baby food much simpler (Baby Bullet, anyone? I personally used a regular blender and ice cube trays) but nothing’s faster and easier than twisting the lid off a jar of pre-made baby food.
  • It stores and travels well. Another point in favor of jarred baby food — it’s easy to store and easy to carry. Jarred baby food doesn’t need to be refrigerated (or frozen and then defrosted); it easily keeps on a pantry shelf. And if baby needs to eat on the go, jarred baby food can be a great option, as it’s so portable.
  • They’re healthier now than they used to be. Decades ago, jarred baby food contained added thickeners and preservatives that made them less healthy options. Today, this is no longer the case — most jarred baby food is 100% natural and preservative-free.

THE CONS

  • It’s pricey! At around $.30/ounce (on average), jarred baby food definitely isn’t cheap. And when you factor in your baby’s growing appetite, and the fact that she’s only going to eat more as she gets older, the prospect of feeding her jarred food seems expensive indeed.
  • It limits your food options. You’ll find jarred versions of the most common baby foods — carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, bananas, pears, etc. But once you get into some of the less common foods (apricots, blueberries, spinach) it’ll be much harder to find beginner, pureed versions and sometimes there are only mixed fruit varieties that may not be all that appealing to your baby.  And if you’re committed to eating organically, your options are even more limited. While some baby food companies have organic versions of their product, the organic options are not quite as abundant. Organic baby foods often cost more as well.
  • You have no control over the food-making process. It’s a fact that steaming fruits and vegetables is a better, healthier option than boiling them (as it lets them retain more of their vital nutrients). But when you buy jarred baby food, you really can’t be sure how the food you’re about to feed your little one has been cooked.

Making Your Own Baby Food: The PROS and CONS

THE PROS

  • It’s cheap! A small jar of pureed peas costs around $.30 per ounce. A one-pound bag of frozen peas costs around $.07 or $.08 per ounce. Cheaper to make your own pureed peas? You bet! If you want to save your hard-earned cash, making your own baby food is a great way to do it.
  • The sky’s the limit. When you make your baby’s food yourself, your food options are practically limitless. Pureed strawberries are hard (or maybe even impossible) to find in a baby food jar, but they’re easy to make at home. And as your baby grows and is ready for more complex food combinations, making his food gets even easier: simply toss a bit of whatever your family’s having for dinner into the food processor and mash it up! This is also a great way to expose your baby (when he’s older) to the tastes and textures of real table food.
  • You have complete control. Want your baby to eat only local, organic foods? When you make your own baby food, you can ensure that happens. What’s more, you have total control over how your baby’s food is cooked and what’s added (or not added) to it.
  • It’s a healthier option. When you make your baby’s food, you can be certain that you’re using the freshest produce available, and that you’re cooking it in a way that maximizes its nutritional content. That makes homemade baby food a healthier choice.

THE CONS

  • It’s time-consuming. Making your own baby food doesn’t have to take forever, especially if you use a combination of fresh and frozen food, or if you invest in a few of the gadgets that are designed to make the process quicker. But preparing your baby’s food yourself still takes more time and effort than buying it at the store. And for some of you, that’s extra time that you simply don’t have.
  • It doesn’t store or transport as well as jarred baby food. Homemade baby food needs to be refrigerated in order to keep or at least not left out very long. You can also freeze your baby food in small quantities for long-term storage, but this means having to defrost your baby’s meals every time she’s ready to eat. And if you and your baby will be on the go at mealtime, it’s may make transporting the food a bit harder, especially if you need to pack it in a cooler.

Baby Food: Buy It or Make It?

Here’s the thing — you don’t have to choose. Why not both? It’d cost a lot to buy every bit of your baby’s food; on the other hand, it might not be feasible for you to make every bit of it, either. You know your schedule and your budget better than anyone, after all. If you have time to make batches of baby food and freeze them for later, great! Your wallet will thank you, and you’ll know your baby’s diet is nutritious. But you may still need to keep some jars of baby food on hand for those occasional meals out.

Of course, if your schedule’s really busy, you may have to rely a lot more on jarred, prepared baby foods. And that’s okay!  As mentioned above, jarred, store bought baby food is better now that when you were a baby, so this is still a good option. Maybe you could pick a weekend here or there and spend an hour in the kitchen, making as much homemade food as you can. Working even a little homemade baby food into the rotation will save you money and help ensure that your baby is eating well.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

Buy It?  Make It?  Both?  Share your thoughts!

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