So you got a bit carried away and made a whole big batch of homemade baby food. Too much to use in a couple of days. Can you store the extra baby food and for how long? Reusable baby food pouches are just one easy way to store your homemade baby food, but there are other options too.
The various different containers that are available to use don’t have to take up a huge amount of space or break your bank balance. You don’t need a whole new freezer dedicated solely to storing your baby food. Use the right containers and keep portions small and manageable.
Most importantly, experiment, have fun and find out what works for you.
1. Reusable BPA & BPS Free Food Pouches
These are extremely easy to use and store baby food. You can use baby food pouches in the fridge or freezer, plus you can warm and serve homemade baby food straight from the pouch. Simply prepare your homemade baby food, fill up the baby food pouches and store in the fridge or freezer. Best of all, your baby food pouches can be reused time and time again.
2. Silicone Muffin Cups
Muffin Cups are strong and flexible and just the perfect size to store a single serving of baby food. Make your baby’s puree and pour it into these individual cups to freeze. For longer storage times pop the portions out and store them in the freezer in a tupperware container.
3. Freezer-Safe Jars
Can be used to store baby food. Not all glass jars are freezer safe as they can shatter or chip in extremely low temperatures. Make sure the glass jars you use are marked freezer safe. Plus leave a space between the top of the food and the rim of the jar to allow for your baby food to expand when it freezes.
4. Reusable Ice-Pop Pouches
This pouches are quick and easy to use. They are a great way to make healthy ice pop treats using fresh fruit purees. The Cherub Baby starter pack comes with a handy collapsible funnel to make pouring and filling your pouches easy!
Cookie Sheet Splats are a fun, fast and cost-effective way to store baby food. Cover a baking tray with baking or wax paper, drop individual spoonfuls of your homemade baby food onto the paper and then freeze. When the splats are frozen you can store them in freezer bags or a tupperware container to use at a later date.
IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER
Whatever method you choose to store your baby food, remember it is essential to do it correctly and for the correct amount of time. Storing baby food at the wrong temperature or for too long can cause bacteria to grow which is harmful to your baby. Homemade baby food can be kept in sealed containers in a refrigerator for up to 2 days. If you freeze your homemade baby food it can last for 3 months. Never leave baby food at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
Plus don’t forget to label and date the containers. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out what that baby puree is, or when you made and stored it. Labelling and dating your baby food will also help with food rotation. Always use the older food first, but again remember if it’s frozen, use it before it is three months old.
Find out more about Cherub Baby Australia here