When I first started out on my journey as a new mom, making my own baby food was something that I really looked forward to. I also I knew that I had to find safe ways to store all my baby food creations. Correctly storing baby food is key to preventing food poisoning. It is also an excellent way to ensure that food keeps it’s quality before and after it is cooked. The quality of the raw food will determine the quality of the food once it is cooked.
To make healthy, nutritious homemade baby food, you want to make sure that you buy good-quality fresh produce. The trouble is, is even quality food deteriorates with time. The longer your raw broccoli is kept in the refrigerator before cooking for example, the lower it’s quality will be when you decide to make baby food. Because of this, try and cook, froze, and store your baby food as soon as you can. You’ll retain as much of the nutrients as possible this way.
Storing Baby Food – Keeping It Clean
- Keep your refrigerator clean. What I like to do is go through it and clean it out right before I go out grocery shopping.
- Wash hands thoroughly before handling food and cooking utensils.
- Wipe kitchen countertops with soapy water before and after use.
- Wash all cooking utensils in the dishwasher if you can.
- Pots and cooking utensils must be sparkling clean before and after use.
- If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can sterilize baby food storage trays, cups, spoons, etc. by standing them in hot water for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Sterilize all reusable baby food pots before use.
- Store raw meat, poultry, and fish on the bottom shelf in the refrigerator to avoid cross-contamination.
- Do not store baby food in the door of the refrigerator as the temperature there is not cool enough.
- Use different chopping boards for raw meat, fruits, and vegetables (like these easy to clean bamboo coded chopping boards).
- Any food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours should be discarded.
- Wash plastic chopping boards in a dishwasher for a good hot temperature wash.
Storing And Thawing Homemade Baby Food
And now soring baby food. We all know that storing baby food in the freezer is an excellent way save both time and money. However, the essential part storing baby food is storing safely and correctly to avoid food poisoning. Foods to be frozen or stored in the refrigerator should be put in good-quality BPA -free baby food storage containers or freezer bags.
Individual freezer bags or baby food pots must be labeled before storing to make it easy for you to remember what the food is (“is this pea puree or green beans puree?”) and when you actually made it. Once frozen, the baby food can keep in the freezer for up 1 month and up to 8 weeks in a deep freezer.
You want the temperature in your refrigerator to be at 40 Fahrenheit and below. The temperature in a freezer should be kept at 0 Fahrenheit and below for safe baby food storage. You may want to monitor the refrigerator and freezer temperature every now and then via an appliance thermometer.
To thaw baby food, you can choose between melting it in a microwave oven, in the refrigerator or by heating the food up in a saucepan until piping hot. Cool the food down to lukewarm before serving. When you microwave homemade baby food, be sure to mix it well to get rid of any hot spots.
Thawed fish, meat, and poultry can be kept in the refrigerator for no more than 24 hours, and fruit and vegetables can stay in the fridge for up to a little over 48 hours.
Thawing Baby Food Using The Microwave Oven
Food can be quickly and safely thawed in the microwave until hot. Be sure to mix the food thoroughly to eliminate any hot spots (I’ve burned my tongue a few times thanks to hidden hot spots). Allow cooling for no more than 10 minutes and taste to make sure it’s the right temperature before serving.
And that’s it. If you have any comments or questions, please let me know in the comments section below.
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