CHOOSING AND USING BABY FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS
You’ve whipped up a big batch of pureed organic sweet potatoes—now the question is, what are the best baby food storage containers for your month’s supply of mash?
Making homemade baby food is a popular practice. Mom and Dad foodies want to know—and control—the exact ingredients in their babies’ meals. And with good reason—home cooked fruits and vegetables retain more nutrients than processed packaged foods.
But with all the responsibilities of parenthood—from changing diapers to tackling household chores, not to mention career and social commitments—who really has time for baby-approved homemade meal prep? Efficiency is the solution to a packed schedule, and that’s where methods for storing homemade baby food come into play. Cooking and blending baby food in bulk, then stockpiling it in convenient and freezer-safe baby food storage containers, is the best way to save time while packing a maximum nutritional punch for your mini-me.
Here, we share tips on prepping, freezing, thawing and serving your baby’s favorite meals.
STORING HOMEMADE BABY FOOD
Whiskware™ Snacking Containers can easily double as baby food storage containers, and the range of sizes (from ¼ - 1 cup) offers flexible options for a variety of foods. They’re a top pick for parents on the go, with a Twist n’ Lock™ system that securely locks containers together in a coordinated stack. Add the removable carry handle, tuck the containers in your diaper bag, and you’re good to go.
The benefits of storing homemade baby food in Whiskware™ Snacking Containers don’t end there. With measured containers, it’s easy to control the amount of food consumed. Storing baby food in smaller portions means there’s less waste if any goes unused. Plus, you’ll save money—and be kinder to the planet your baby will inherit—with reusable containers (and yes, they’re freezer safe and BPA free).
Note: Be sure to clean your containers thoroughly before and after each use.
Freezer bags are another safe and simple option for storing homemade baby food. Bags are inexpensive and disposable, and can hold a lot or a little of your prized carrot-apple-peach puree. Whip out a Sharpie to quickly label freezer bags to mark the “created date” and to differentiate between the broccoli and the green beans.
PREPPING & FREEZING BABY FOOD
Prepping and freezing baby food takes just four simple steps.
- First, cook the core ingredients. Steaming or baking fruits and vegetables are ideal methods to limit nutrient loss; meats are also best when baked.
- Puree the cooked food in a food processor or blender. Add leftover liquid from steaming or plain water as needed until it’s nice and smooth. You can even use breast milk or formula to add a nutritional boost.
- Transfer the puree to containers or freezer bags. Do not fill containers to the brim; instead, leave a little space for the water to expand.
- Label the containers or bags with the food type and date. Baby food will keep in the freezer for 1-3 months.
Voila! You’ve prepped nutritious meals for your precious little one, with time leftover to cuddle and coo.
HOW TO THAW FROZEN BABY FOOD
When it’s mealtime for baby, there are several ways to transform the frozen foods into ready-to-eat treats.
- Refrigerator: If you’ve planned ahead, thaw the food in the fridge overnight—either in the storage containers or bags, or transferred to a tightly covered serving dish.
- Warm Water: Submerge containers or bags in a bowl of warm water for a 10-20 minute defrost.
- Stovetop: Transfer the baby food to a small saucepan and heat on a low setting. Stir regularly to avoid burning or making the food too hot for your baby’s sensitive tongue.
- Microwave: Baby food can be thawed in a microwave safe glass bowl (never use plastic containers or bags). Defrost and stir in 15-second intervals to ensure even heating. Steer clear of the microwave if the food contains breast milk, as the milk’s valuable antibodies can be destroyed.
Experiment with serving your baby foods that are warm, room temperature, or cold. You’ll quickly learn his or her preference—a baby’s smile (or scrunched-up-icky-face) never lies. Serve the food in small amounts, and don’t save anything from the serving dish—saliva can contaminate the leftovers. Stock up on various sizes of Whiskware™ Snacking Containers and you’ll have plenty of single-serve, freezer-friendly, packable, portable containers on hand for all your baby food needs.
What’s your baby’s favorite homemade baby food recipe? Share in the comments below.
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