If you make your own baby food, it can be time consuming. Freezing does not spoil the quality of products and saves time that can be spent communicating with the child.
Freezing Baby Food Rules
Refrain from storing avocados, bananas, melons and potatoes, they lose their taste properties and most likely the baby will refuse them. Use plastic containers or freezer bags that can withstand low temperatures, such as breast milk or ice cubes, for freezing. In the case of puree, ice containers are the most convenient option – small cells allow you to defrost exactly as much as you need and in the shortest time. Do not use glass jars for this purpose, they may not withstand low temperatures and crack. Microcracks are very difficult to notice, but glass that gets into the puree, even if it is very small, can seriously harm the child.
The shelf life in the freezer for different products varies:
- vegetables and fruits, breast milk – five months
- boiled fish and animal meat – three months
- milk mixture – can not be frozen.
To avoid the loss of nutrients, follow these recommendations:
- Freeze baby food as fresh as possible so as not to lose nutritional value.
- Before storage, baby food should be cooled to room temperature.
- When closing the container, try to make it as airtight as possible, this will prevent frostbite (dark spots on top). Frostbite does not spoil the taste, just remove these areas, do not worry, they do not harm the baby.
- The recommended storage temperature is -18°C or lower.
- Defrosted baby food is stored in the refrigerator for no more than 24 hours.
- After defrosting, leftovers must be disposed of.
In order not to forget what exactly was frozen, sign the containers with markers. Indicate the name of the product (or what it consists of) and the date of freezing.