Peeling, chopping and steaming food for weaning recipes can make your kitchen look like it’s been hit by a tornado! The good news is you don’t have to slave over a hot stove every day to create culinary delights for your baby. Making large batches of food, ahead of time and freezing in smaller portions can make life a lot easier. And don’t worry; your frozen purées will be just as nutritious for your baby as freshly prepared weaning foods. Here are some handy tips for freezing to help you become a culinary queen!
Handy Tips for Freezing Baby Food:
- Once you have cooked and pureed the food, allow it to cool before freezing.
- Freeze foods in ice-cube trays or small plastic pots.
- Cover ice-cube trays with cling film and label the type of food and date with a waterproof marker.
- Empty the frozen cubes into a freezer bag so that you can reuse the ice-cube tray for more purees.
- Use a separate bag for different types of purees and purees made on different dates.
- Your frozen purees can be kept for up to 3 months.
- Don’t refreeze thawed meals as this can cause your baby to become unwell.
- Thaw foods in a fridge over several hours or by heating gently in a saucepan, or defrosting in a microwave.
- Reheat foods until piping hot the whole way through. Allow it to cool and you should test it with a different spoon before giving it to your baby.
- Don’t reheat the meal more than once.
- Don’t keep your baby’s unfinished meal to offer it to them later in the day as this can make them feel unwell.
Note: It is safe to freeze recipes that call for the use of breast milk or formula milk.